People: NATURE Lab


I am Sujin Chung, a junior at Emma Willard School that is located in Troy, NY. I am doing a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) project at the Sanctuary for Independent Media with Simone Johnson as my mentor. …


My name is Simone and I’m the new Collard City Growers Garden Coordinator.  I’m excited to join The Sanctuary team and contribute as best I can to the organization’s mission.

Growing food, medicine, flowers, saving seeds and foraging …


Sophia Cahillane officially joined the Sanctuary in September 2019, halfway through her junior year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She began her semester-long internship as part of the Arch at RPI. She studies Applied Physics with a concentration in Electrical Engineering …


Hazelle Lerum (she/her) is a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute pursuing a B.S. in Science, Technology & Society with a minor in Biology. She has had many roles at the Sanctuary during her time in Troy–participant observer, fundraiser, volunteer, and, …


Branda Miller is the Arts & Education Coordinator at the Sanctuary.

She is dedicated to using art for achieving a more just and sustainable world.


Maya is an undergraduate student at RPI, in the Sustainability Studies program with a focus on Ecology. During the Summer of 2018, Maya volunteered with the Uptown Summer program, where she gave workshops about Grassroots Science, and helped the youth …


An artist and educator based in Brooklyn and Troy, New York, Ellie Irons works in a variety of media, from drawing to gardening, to reveal how human and nonhuman lives intertwine with other earth systems. Her recent work focuses on …


NATURE Lab enthusiast and WOOC correspondent Julia Cavicchi has been involved with the Sanctuary since 2016. This year, she is coordinating a variety of radio and audio mapping projects with the Uptown Summer youth employment program, focusing on stories of …


Bound at the shovel, Azure and Christian, permaculture artists and recent Manhattan-escapees, are focused on redefining value through service to community and ecology. They are motivated by visions of a future where wealth comes from acquisition of skills …

Upcoming Events
Nov. 18
Be the Media! Workshop: The Art of Investigative Journalism with journalist Chet Hardin
Nov. 18
Be the Media! Chet Hardin “Inside NXIVM”
Nov. 19
NATURE Lab Workshop: Urban Sprout Entrepreneurship Incubator

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