Here at SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps, our teaching season is in full swing. I and many of my fellow corps members ﬁnd ourselves teaching all kinds of science lessons in elementary schools, from electricity and magnetism, light and sound, to animal adaptations, or composting. When I ﬁrst started teaching in my elementary school placement about two and a half months ago, I was surprised that we were being asked to teach such a variety of topics, and topics that didn’t really directly relate to environmental education or conservation.
But my initial surprise has...Read more
January is always misconstrued as something boring, dead, and lifeless, and… and dull… something along those lines. For anyone who believes this, I invite you to visit Hawley. One needs only to awake at dawn and take a walk around the pond to see life everywhere. You see miniscule mouse footprints with a thin line from a dragging tail in the snow….”Um, are chickadees still around?” a voice next to me asks.
Jessica, who had been standing next to my bunk leans towards me with her elbow resting on my bed, questioning me about birds. I...Read more
As a result of comfort and familiarity, and also attachment and ownership, I’d say your second visit someplace, or your third or fourth and so on, always looks very different from the ﬁrst time you see a new place. After ﬂying over eight states and driving through two more, I pulled into the driveway at SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps a little over two months ago for the ﬁrst time. On the lawn next to the pond, a group of strangers, but soon to be friends, were playing Frisbee. I hopped out of the SCA van that picked me up from the airport, grabbed my bags and walked down...Read more
After a refreshing winter holiday ﬁlled with sickness and catching up with my family, I am excited to get back to Hawley. It’s expected to snow the day I arrive and I feel as if this is a good omen for the next month and a half. I’m looking forward to getting back to our environmental education work which has turned out to be much more enjoyable than I originally thought. The idea of teaching others formally has always intimidated me but while it’s pretty stressful to plan lessons, it is also really fun to be in classes with the kids getting to know them and how they learn....Read more
I’ll just jump right in and give you a forecast for the weather this week: It’s about 20 degrees right now, we have a foot of snow forecast within the next 24 hours, and temps are expected to dip down to ten below twice this coming week.
If you’re from the Northeast, that probably doesn’t sound terrible to you, but for a southerner like me, you could say those temps are a bit different than what I’m used to. I spent the ﬁrst twenty-two years of my life in Central and North Texas where we get an average of 0.5” of snow a year, and the mercury might drop below zero once...Read more
Everyone (that we asked) is in agreement. This year’s superbowl will be decided by which team is more in tune with conservation, nature, and the great outdoors.
Now, obviously you’re thinking, “You guys. One team has a formerly endangered, sea-faring bird as its mascot, while the other has, what? A Revolutionary War reenactor? This is a no-brainer!”
Well, conservation is kind of our thing, so we’ve been giving this a lot of thought, and it turns out that when you consider all of the important (according to our made-up criteria) factors, it’s a lot more complicated...Read more
Emily McDermott graduated from the University of New Hampshire, this past May, with a degree in Zoology. Emily is looking forward to this year and all the new experiences it brings. She is excited to engage with the surrounding communities and schools and share her passion for wildlife conservation.Read more
Alexandria studied Earth System Science at UC Irvine in California. She is excited to be a part of the SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps program and is looking forward to the many leadership and training opportunities throughout the state of Massachusetts. She is passionate about food and likes to try new things....Read more