Kevin Zhang ’24
Reserve and Forest Stewardship Internship
The main goal of my internship was to assist with property maintenance at The Watershed Institute. I gained significant experience identifying and clearing invasive plants along the main trail on the property, along with planting trees and maintaining tree tubes. I also assisted with collecting data and monitoring the impact of deer on native plants, including monitoring young saplings as a measure of forest health, both in the forest and within deer exclosures. Additionally, I helped run the stewardship stand at The Watershed Institute’s annual Butterfly Festival. We provided information to the public on the impact of deer and invasive species in the region, and shared informational documents we created on invasive plant identification and local native-plant nurseries. Overall, this internship was a very rewarding opportunity for me to gain hands-on experience in, and knowledge about, environmental work, and it greatly raised my interest in a career in conservation.
Biodiversity and Conservation
The Watershed Institute- Pennington, New Jersey
Steve Tuorto, Director of Science and Stewardship, The Watershed Institute; Erin Stretz, Assistant Director of Science and Stewardship, The Watershed Institute; Allison Jackson, Stewardship Coordinator, The Watershed Institute