Urban Forestry and Landscape Services
The Urban Forestry and Landscape Services program at Putnam-Northern Westchester (PNW) BOCES offers students the opportunity to explore arboriculture, landscape design, construction management, and construction. The 250-acre PNW BOCES campus on which students can work includes wetlands, open space, and old and new growth forests. This program has state-of-the-art equipment including an articulated loader, sawmill, front end loader, spray rig, excavator, and various tools needed to perform tasks at a professional level. Community partnerships allow students to attain contextualized technical knowledge and skills.
Project-based learning is an integral part of the Urban Forestry and Landscape Services program. Students have completed multiple community projects including clearing land for a new firehouse; transplanting a 30-foot holiday tree; helping to build a community dog park; partnering with the Boy Scouts to restore the historic Patriot Garden; milling 18 benches for FDR Park's frisbee golf course; and renovating a par three, handicap-accessible, nine hole golf course for wounded military veterans and seniors, which is one of two in the country.