Thanks to the generosity of everyone who attended our Summer Sculpture Soirée, the Land Trust was able to create two seasonal positions for college students whose summer plans were impacted by the pandemic. These positions are not only helping to address youth unemployment in our community, but are providing incremental benefits here at the land trust. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Avery and Eliza, and look forward to a productive summer, working on a wide range of conservation and stewardship related projects.

Avery York: Historian

Avery joins us from Wake Forest University, where she is pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Environment and Sustainability Studies. Having previously interned at the New Canaan Historical Society, Avery jumped right into the Historian role, where she is working to catalogue and digitize over 50 years worth of historic photographs, newspapers, and other archives. Avery will also be researching the history of our properties, including indigenous and colonial uses of these lands. Avery says “I have really enjoyed learning about the history of the land and the people who worked so hard to establish conservation efforts in New Canaan.”

Avery is a Norwalk native, and grew up in the Silvermine neighborhood near the Land Trust’s Still Pond Preserve.

Eliza Pohle: Steward

Eliza joins us from Colby College, where she is pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Policy and Spanish. An avid outdoorswoman, Eliza usually spends her summers as a wilderness trip leader at a summer camp in Maine. When camp was cancelled, Eliza reached out to the Land Trust in search of volunteer opportunities, and helped with trail construction during the early part of the summer. We are so happy that she has joined the Land Trust as our Steward, and will spend the summer learning about all of the work that goes into maintaining open space. Eliza has jumped right into our annual property inspections (a requirement of accredited land trusts), and will be working in tandem with our Summer Steward Interns to complete various trail maintenance and habitat restoration projects.

Eliza is a New Canaan native, and says “as the Steward at the Land Trust this summer, I have really enjoyed inspecting the 65 properties across New Canaan and making sure they are in good condition. I am also excited to work with the Internship program!”