Leah Snavely

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URI Internship Year:

2020

F&ES Graduation Year:

2021

Originally from Lancaster County, PA, Leah is no stranger to the hard work of stewarding green spaces. At Yale, Leah just completed her first year at the Divinity School, where she is studying towards a Master of Arts in Religion, concentrated in Religion and Ecology. She also spent this past academic year as a URI Greenskills intern, helping to facilitate street tree planting across all of New Haven. With an academic background in Spanish and Linguistics and a professional background in programming working against gender-based violence in Latin America and the Caribbean, Leah is excited to continue exploring how language and gender contribute to the construction of places.

Group

Friends Of Farmington Canal

Dover Beach Park

Beaver Ponds Park

Castle Street

Fair Haven Neighbors In Action

Orchard Street

Washington Ave.

Blockwatch 303

Cedar Hill Neighborhood

Shelton Avenue

Greenspace Log

Date Category Photos Group Summary

08/22/2020

Planting
Planting

Castle Street

Volunteers gathered early on Saturday to plant around 2 trees along Monroe Street in Fair Haven.

08/21/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Fair Haven Neighbors In Action

One volunteer plus the community forester intern worked to remove a dead tree planted a few years ago by this group and to mulch around recently pruned trees on Exchange Street.

08/21/2020

Planting
Planting
New hostas at the Miss Betty Thompson Corner

Cedar Hill Neighborhood

Volunteers worked to finish mulching and edging the bed at Rock and Grace. They additionally planted 3 hostas to fill in bare spots and pruned some of the suckers of the street trees near the corner bed.

08/20/2020

Planting
Planting
Stone dust and cobbles around Urban Oasis sign

Friends Of Farmington Canal

Volunteers worked to plant at each of the pillars. Additionally, some worked north of the Learning Corridor to continue cleanup from Isaias a few weeks ago. They also laid stone dust and cobble stones around the Urban Oasis sign.

08/19/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Orchard Street

Volunteers cleaned up the remainder of debris in the lot and mulched the back of the lot.

08/14/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance
Raking out leaves at Rock and Grace

Cedar Hill Neighborhood

Volunteers gathered on Friday to clean up the bed at the corner of Rock and Grace, affectionately called the Betty Thompson Corner.

08/13/2020

Planting
Planting
Three new bayberry

Friends Of Farmington Canal

Today marked the planting of some new shrubs and perennials along the Urban Oasis of the Learning Corridor. New shrubs fill the space behind the bench, providing berries for the birds and year-round green interest.

08/12/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Orchard Street

Volunteers from Orchard Street worked on continue weeding and mulching the beds along the front half of the vacant lot. They also cleaned up leaves and debris from around the lot.

08/12/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance
Volunteers learn to identify and remove porcelain berry

Beaver Ponds Park

The Friends of Beaver Pond Park met this Wednesday with a key objective to begin removing porcelain berry vines, an invasive species that grows fast and covers many of the native trees, shrubs, and perennials if it is not pulled out. They removed vines from beside the path that leads to Crescent Street, in addition to their usual work of spreading wood chips, clearing out along the pondside garden, and watering the different gardens around the park.

08/11/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Beaver Ponds Park

One volunteer and the community forester intern worked to deliver and spread mulch and wood chips to some of the gardens around Beaver Ponds Park.

08/08/2020

Planting
Planting
Serviceberry planted on Shelton Avenue

Shelton Avenue

The Shelton Avenue Greenspace was excited to conduct their first tree planting this summer in the curb strip in front of the vacant lot. The site now features a lovely serviceberry that is surrounded by perennials, brightening up the street and inviting neighbors in to visit the lot.

08/07/2020

Planting
Planting
Freshly mulched island along English Drive
Mulched bed by the playground on View Street

Cedar Hill Neighborhood

The group met this Friday to mulch and plant up the bare spots in the island, which serves as a welcoming entrance to the back of East Rock Park.

08/06/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Blockwatch 303

Two volunteers worked to mulch the two original Blockwatch 303 gardens at the corner of Chapel and Yale.

08/06/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance
Volunteers work to tow away debris

Friends Of Farmington Canal

The Greenspace along the Learning Corridor of the Farmington Canal worked to clean up the debris that had fallen during tropical storm Isaias.

08/06/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance
A pruned crabapple tree

Fair Haven Neighbors In Action

One volunteer joined the community forester intern to prune and weed around some of the trees the Fair Haven Neighbors in Action had planted during past summers.

08/05/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance
Volunteer carries mulch

Orchard Street

Volunteers from Orchard Street gathered to care for the vacant lot by weeding and beginning to spread mulch.

08/05/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance
Volunteers fill a cart with pond water

Beaver Ponds Park

The Friends of Beaver Ponds Park gathered on Wednesday to continue weeding, spreading pine bark mulch and wood chips, and water the young trees and flower beds by the entrance to the park on Fournier Street.

08/01/2020

Planning
Planning

Castle Street

The summer intern met with one volunteer to do a walk around the neighborhood of Castle and Monroe Streets in Fair Haven, looking at possible curb strip planting locations and assessing what had been done last summer.

08/01/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Washington Ave.

Three volunteers worked to transplant some not-well spirea and to weedwack around the edges of the lot.

07/31/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance
Volunteers tow away debris

Cedar Hill Neighborhood

The Cedar Hill Greenspace met on Friday evening to clean out the island on English Drive. They weeded and cleaned out much of the leaves and debris that had built up at the site over the past year.

07/30/2020

Planting
Planting
A newly planted Miss Kim Lilac

Blockwatch 303

Volunteers mulched around many of the young trees in Beecher Park and planted the Miss Kim Lilac at the front of the Mitchell Library to replace one that had died over the past year

07/29/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Beaver Ponds Park

Volunteers gathers again this Wednesday evening to continue work at Beaver Ponds Park. Together, they worked to spread out a load of wood chips provided by the New Havens Parks Department, continued weeding along the pondside garden, spread mulch around the garden next to Fournier Street, and carted away debris. Additionally, the children all planted annuals in the new Children's Garden and watered and spread mulch around them after planting.

07/29/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance
A mulched butterfly garden

Dover Beach Park

Early in the morning, a small group of volunteers from the Friends of Dover Beach met to work on the butterfly garden. They weeded the entire area, fixed up the edging, and mulched the bed as well.

07/28/2020

Planning
Planning
One volunteer and two interns along the central path in Beaver Ponds Park

Beaver Ponds Park

Friends of Beaver Ponds Park volunteer leaders met with the summer intern to plan out the rest of the summer's activities. All three are looking forward to working to clear out some of the pond views, cleaning up the current beds, and finalizing the children's garden so that it can be a place of fun and learning.

07/27/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance
Volunteer waters a tree planted last summer

Orchard Street

Three volunteers worked to weed and clean up the Orchard Street lot

07/25/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Shelton Avenue

The group gathered on Saturday to continue work along the northern edge of the vacant lot. They started by mulching the plot they had planted last week and then moved on to start digging out other garden beds. Some members additionally worked to create a soda bottle wall garden, which will be interesting for all the children who have been coming out to help out.

07/24/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance
Volunteers work to carry mulch

Cedar Hill Neighborhood

Volunteers from the Cedar Hill neighborhood met on Friday evening to finish mulching and cleaning up the 219 garden.

07/23/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Friends Of Farmington Canal

The Friends of Farmington Canal continued to work on weeding and mulching the urban oasis along the west side of the Greenspace.

07/22/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance
The new Children's Garden with its first flowers, planted by young volunteers

Beaver Ponds Park

This week the Friends of Beaver Ponds Park worked hard to finish weeding and mulching the upper half of the entrance garden along Fournier Street and worked to begin weeding the garden that runs alongside the pond. Many of the children volunteers were also excited to have the opportunity to plant their first flowers in the new children's garden, which were provided by the Pardee Greenhouse. Volunteers additionally used the watering card, donated by URI a past year, to bring pond water around the area to water many of the plants.

07/20/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance
Picnic tables and a stuffed leaf bag

Orchard Street

Three volunteers worked to weed and clean up the Orchard Street lot

07/18/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Castle Street

A small group of dedicated volunteers came together on Saturday to steward the island on Monroe Street. They weeded and cleaned out lots of debris.

07/17/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Cedar Hill Neighborhood

A group from Cedar Hill gathered this Friday night to weed and clean out the 219 garden. Various community members stopped by to assist in clearing debris and concrete that had been dumped in this area.

07/16/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance
A freshly mulched garden

Friends Of Farmington Canal

Volunteers gathered on Thursday to work to weed and mulch the urban oasis along the west side of the canal trail.

07/15/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Beaver Ponds Park

Wednesday evening was cool and pleasant and many volunteers showed up to clean up the Beaver Ponds Park Greenspace at Fournier and Crescent. During their two hours of work, they weeded they upper half of the entrance garden and the path that leads to Crescent Street before mulching the weeded section. Many of the children volunteers proudly helped to cart away the garden debris. The group additionally watered the Blackgum tree beyond the red gate at this entrance and picked up litter in the area.

07/14/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance
A mulched and blooming garden

Blockwatch 303

Volunteers worked to mulch the beds at the Blake Street Parking Lot.

07/13/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Fair Haven Neighbors In Action

A group of Fair Haven neighbors worked together to weed and mulch around some of the street trees and curbstrip beds on Exchange Street.

07/13/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance
A hydrangea in bloom

Orchard Street

Three volunteers worked to weed and clean up the Orchard Street lot

07/12/2020

Planting
Planting

Blockwatch 303

Volunteers from Blockwatch 303 gathered to plant a young stewartia tree at Beecher Park, next to the Mitchell Library.

07/11/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Shelton Avenue

The Shelton Avenue Greenspace got together on Saturday morning to plant some hostas along one fence and make a small raised bed where child volunteers planted herb and flower seeds. They also planted some perennial flowers and shrubs around the bed and mowed half the lot and the curb strip. All of the plants were transplanted from group members' homes and much of the raised bed construction was repurposed from materials found in the lot.

07/11/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Washington Ave.

Eight volunteers of all ages came together this Saturday morning to spread mulch on the weeded beds and around the trees in the Washington Avenue lot. They also cleared out some invasive species that had taken over some corners of the lot.

07/11/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Dover Beach Park

Three volunteers met at Dover Beach this morning to pick up trash, do a bit of weeding, and review what work is needed at the park and urban oasis over the coming weeks.

07/09/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance
Volunteers next to a bed that has been weeded, mulched, and edged with bricks

Friends Of Farmington Canal

Volunteers continued weeding and mulching the urban oasis and Greenspace along the Farmington Canal.

07/08/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance
Location of new children's garden

Beaver Ponds Park

Friends of Beaver Ponds Park were excited to begin work this summer and, despite it being a rainy afternoon, many dedicated volunteers and their children showed up to clean up their Greenspace for the summer season. Together, they managed to weed half of the entrance garden, cover the weeded section with mulch, and cart away much of the garden debris. Another small group worked to turf a section of grass that will become the group's newest initiative: a children's garden.

07/07/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Orchard Street

Two volunteers have been watering the flowers at the Orchard Street vacant lot plus the trees in the nearby curb strip. They also cut the grass and began to pull up some of the invasive species.

07/03/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance
Volunteer blows out debris at Washington Avenue Greenspace

Washington Ave.

Three volunteers spent some time in the Washington Avenue lot cleaning up the beds, blowing out trash and debris, and prepping the beds for mulching.

07/02/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Friends Of Farmington Canal

Volunteers gathered to water, remove weeds that URI had identified, and to mulch.

07/01/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Castle Street

One volunteer finished weeding and cleaning up part of the streetscape.

07/01/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Blockwatch 303

One volunteer weeded the Memorial Garden and prepared the site for mulch.

06/30/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Castle Street

One volunteer worked on weeding and clean-up of the streetscape.

06/29/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Dover Beach Park

Two volunteers from the Dover Beach Urban Oasis picked up trash along the underpass along both sides of the road.

06/26/2020

Planning
Planning

Beaver Ponds Park

Members of Friends of Beaver Ponds Park met via Zoom to discuss what summer 2020 will look like and to plan out their first work day.

06/25/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Friends Of Farmington Canal

The Friends of Farmington Canal gathered on their first evening of work to begin weeding and stewarding their space between Hazel and Shelton.

06/20/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance
Flower bed at Washington Avenue lot after weeding

Washington Ave.

The many beds of the Washington Avenue lot were weeded today by one volunteer. A few large invasives remain to be removed with stronger tools, but the beds are looking clean and ready for a fresh round of mulch!

06/20/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Dover Beach Park

One volunteer trimmed the vines and mowed around the corner garden at Middletown and Front near Dover Beach Park.

06/03/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Dover Beach Park

Two volunteers worked to remove sticky weed in the Urban Oasis at Dover Beach

05/31/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Blockwatch 303

Volunteers from Blockwatch 303 worked throughout the month of May to weed and mulch the gardens around the Mitchell Library and the bed at Fountain and Whalley.

05/30/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Dover Beach Park

Almost every day in May, one volunteer spent about 15 minutes weeding the Butterfly Garden at Dover Beach and picked up trash in the park.

05/30/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Dover Beach Park

One volunteer mowed the grass at Dover Beach Park and weeded the butterfly garden at Middletown and Front

04/18/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Dover Beach Park

One volunteer worked to remove weeds from the Urban Oasis near Dover Beach Park.

03/28/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Blockwatch 303

Blockwatch 303 Greenspace members met in early spring to rake the Memorial garden, cut back dead daffodils and other spring flowers, and remove trash.

03/28/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Blockwatch 303

03/13/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Dover Beach Park

One volunteer picked up trash under the 91 bridge and in the fenced in Urban Oasis near Dover Beach.

02/07/2020

Maintenance
Maintenance

Dover Beach Park

One volunteer picked up trash under the 91 bridge and in the fenced in Urban Oasis area near Dover Beach.