Victor, NY – On Thursday, April 10th, a group of three 10th grade students from Hope Hall Academy on Buffalo Road in Gates visited Mike Volpe, a landscape designer for Ted Collins Tree & Landscape.
Volpe holds a Bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture from the SUNY School of Environmental Science and Forestry, and is studying to become a Licensed Landscape Architect in the state of New York.
The idea to shadow a landscape designer sprouted from a field trip that took place last summer when 9th and 10th graders from the Hope Hall Academy visited the Ted Collins facility to learn about careers in the green industry. A couple of the students asked how landscape projects are designed and put together.
During their shadowing visit, students could ask questions, look at current projects and see the tools used to make the plans for Ted Collins Tree & Landcape’s uniquely crafted site designs.
Volpe remembers looking back when he was finishing high school thinking about his future: “Some of the best guidance I got was from talking with professionals and seeing what they do everyday,” he said. Students were encouraged to follow up with additional questions after the visit and were given a list of suggested websites to help read up on the industry such as ASLA.org (American Society of Landscape Architects) and Land8.com (a Landscape Architecture Blog).