We’re thrilled to have welcomed not one, not two, but FOUR summer interns to the team for the next few months. From spending days out in the field to crafting meaningful messages, these individuals are already hard at work helping Saratoga PLAN make a greater impact on local conservation. Welcome interns! 


My name is Yasmine Perez and I am thrilled to be working with Saratoga PLAN this summer as a Land Steward Intern. I will be spending time in the field helping to monitor properties while paying particular attention to the flora of the area. I will also be sharing a bit of my adventures with the hope to engage with the community and get people excited about all of the beautiful plant life that lives in the foothills of the Adirondacks.
“It will take you half a lifetime to find where to look for the earliest flower”- Henry David Thoreau


My name is Drake C.S. and I will be spending my summer helping to monitor the numerous properties and working with volunteers on various work projects. I’m very excited to spend my summer enjoying the outdoors and helping out. This fall I am heading into my freshman year of college at Paul Smith College studying Environmental Sciences.


My name is Lindsay McGrath and I am a rising junior at St. Lawrence University majoring in Environmental Studies and Geology. Since my childhood I have always loved being outdoors, enjoying the many positive benefits that nature offers. Educating myself on the unique features and geological history of my natural environment further enhances my deep appreciation of these wonderful spaces. I hope the material from this research project will help foster a similar connection to the land and its history for many of my fellow outdoorsmen exploring the Palmertown Range. During the spring semester of 2022 I will be studying abroad in Denmark focusing on environmental studies of the Arctic, which includes a week-long study tour in Iceland. This internship will be the start of an exciting and rewarding year for me!
In honor of Barney McHenry’s contributions and accomplishments, the Open Space Institute has established and administers an award to celebrate his leadership and foster future leaders in the Hudson River Valley. The annual award will be used to provide financial support to promising young leaders and exemplary projects that make significant contributions to environmental protection, historic preservation, tourism and the arts in the Hudson River Valley.
Welcome and congratulations, Lindsay!


Hi there! I’m Eliza Gifford, this summer’s Community Engagement Intern for Saratoga PLAN. I will mostly be working on social media engagement, general communication, and data entry. I moved to the Saratoga Springs area a few years ago so I’m excited to get more involved with local land conservation efforts! I just finished up my freshman year as an Environment and Sustainability major at Cornell University and I hope to work for an environmental nonprofit someday. In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, reading, and exploring nature. This summer, I plan to spend lots of time tending to my tomatoes and walking local trails.