A group of city high school students are getting their hands dirty on the High Line in preparation for the spring season.
Friends of the High Line organized the three-day project that puts students to work with horticulture staff installing plants and trees along the elevated park.
It's the final part of a six month after-school jobs program for the students, most of whom live near the park.
"I like to say that the Green Corps managed to find all of the nerds in the neighborhood. Some of the teens refer to themselves as closet nerds, and I think for them especially this is a really valuable experience because these are excited about their environment, that are excited about the world around them, and that are looking for opportunities outside of school to really go deeper into some of the subject matter that maybe we're only grazing on the surface of in school," said Emily Pinkowitz of Friends of the High Line.
The program started after a 2011 survey revealed residents in public housing around the High Line were interested in urban gardening and job opportunities for teens.
The program is funded by a $300,000 grant from the Ford Foundation.