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Conservancy Summer Associates: Part 2


Get to know the rest of our 2015 Summer Associates!

The Conservancy’s Summer Associates during Seining Training

Juan Vasquez

What’s your favorite thing about Brooklyn Bridge Park?
My favorite thing about BBP is that it provides free programming for the New York City community – and beyond – for all demographics. ‎

What’s your favorite Conservancy program?
My favorite Conservancy program is Broadway Dance.

What’s your finest memory?
My finest memory is kayak training, it was a blast!

Hawa Keita

What’s your favorite thing about Brooklyn Bridge Park?
My favorite thing about Brooklyn Bridge Park is definitely the diversity of free and exciting programs and events offered to the public every single day. I love that somewhere within our 80+ acres of park land there is something for everyone.

What’s your favorite Conservancy program?
My favorite Conservancy program is the Awesome Oyster class. I really loved being able to help teach eager students about the history of the oyster in the New York Harbor and why they are so necessary. Before this class, many of the students had never even touched an oyster before. Hearing them declare their love for science at the end of the class was one of the best feelings ever.

What’s your finest memory?
My finest memory isn’t a specific moment but whenever I am interacting with park visitors or program participants. New York City has some of the most fascinating people that I have had the pleasure of getting to know every day at work. The conversations and stories that I have exchanged with guests sometimes leave me doubled over with laughter. Everything we do here at the Conservancy is so our guests can have the best experience possible.

Krista Elain

What’s your favorite thing about Brooklyn Bridge Park?
My favorite thing about Brooklyn Bridge Park are the Jeppe Hein Please Touch the Art benches. My summer goal was to sit on top of every one of them! I love that not only are each of the benches distinct, but they also all offer a unique view of the park.

What’s your favorite Conservancy program?
My favorite park program is the youth kayak program, Kayak Camp. I feel so lucky to get to go kayaking twice a week and call it work! It’s a ton of fun being out on the water and showing kids the basics of kayaking.

What’s your finest memory?
My finest memory at the park is from a few weeks ago when I was working on finding and identifying fossils for the education center. I was breaking apart shale rocks to find fossils within. I accidentally broke one of the fossils in half, a bivalve (shell), and inside it looked like glitter! It was so cool!

Jeppe Hein Please Touch the Art ©Etienne Frossard

Anita Guaman

What’s your favorite thing about Brooklyn Bridge Park?
I love the view. You get to experience so many programs and activities outdoors while enjoying a spectacular view of Manhattan.

What’s your favorite Conservancy program?
I am very biased, but it would have to be Kayak Camp! Its great seeing kids who haven’t kayaked before go out and try it for the first time.

What’s your finest memory?
My finest memory would be of a student in Kayak Camp that was terrified to go into the water. He was scared because he couldn’t swim but his teacher convinced him to go in. I was checking to make sure his life jacket was nicely fitted, and told him everything was going to be ok. Soon after I saw him race his friends, participate in kayak water polo, and no longer be so afraid of the water. That made me happy.

Katie Sparer

What’s your favorite thing about Brooklyn Bridge Park?
My favorite thing about Brooklyn Bridge Park is the wide range of activities to participate in, which give us the opportunity to meet so many people. As a Summer Associate I was able to interact with a lot of different people!

What’s your favorite Conservancy program?
My favorite Conservancy program is Double Dutch. The participants are so talented and it’s so much fun!

What’s your finest memory?
My finest memory is my first day when everyone was so welcoming. I got my own tour of the park!

Double Dutch ©Alexa Hoyer

Shellita Orie

What’s your favorite thing about Brooklyn Bridge Park?
My favorite thing about Brooklyn Bridge Park is seining in the East River. I enjoy putting on waders and walking into the East River knowing that I am going to catch something wonderful. The knowledge I have gained from seining is amazing. I am proud to be able to name the fish I’ve caught and educate the public on what lives in the East River.

What’s your favorite Conservancy program?
My favorite Conservancy program is also my favorite thing about the park - seining! I love working with Isa and Nim. I have a burst of happiness whenever I pull the net out of the river, knowing that I most likely caught something very cool.

What’s your finest memory?
My finest memory at Brooklyn Bridge Park is going to as many events I can with my brother. I have showed my brother how to catch crabs on Pebble Beach, how to kayak, fly a kite and so much more. At one of the Syfy Movies With A View, my dad and brother watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with me. When the music scene in the movie started, everyone in the audience got up and danced together! It was amazing to see and so much fun to be part of a giant impromptu dance party.

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