Members of the SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps program serve Massachusetts’s public lands from Martha’s Vineyard to the Berkshires each summer, and spend the winter providing environmental education to children at local schools in the western part of the state. The residential program, headquartered at Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest in Hawley, MA, began its 19th year of service in October 2015.
Members of the SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps program serve Massachusetts’s public lands from Martha’s Vineyard to the Berkshires each summer, and spend the winter providing environmental education to children at local schools in the western part of the state.
The Lowell National Historical Park in Massachusetts offers a vivid regional perspective on the Industrial Revolution. But inside these former textile mills you can also find the fabric of America.
Lowell NHS is headquarters to the National Park Service’s Historic Architecture, Conservation, and Engineering Center. This is where conservators restore irreplaceable antiquities sent from national historic sites from Maine to Virginia: a wooden hoist used to build the Bunker Hill Monument. Various Civil war artifacts...Read more
As the leaves turn from orange to brown and fall to the ground, SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps welcomes another year of corps members—October 2015 will be our 19th year. Eighteen ten-month members arrive in Kenneth Dubuque State Forest by buses, trains, planes and cars on a quiet Sunday from around the country. Many do not fully know what they are getting into, but we are excited to welcome them to “Kenny D,” as we lovingly call our home they range in age from...Read more
This July, eight anxious, nervous, and excited high school students arrived here at Cape Cod National Seashore. They, along with their two crew leaders, were selected to be part of an SCA National Crew – and they were lucky enough to spend their time and energy here at the beautiful Seashore! This park is special not only because it preserves the shoreline here for the “enjoyment of the people” (as JFK said), but also because it has an immense amount of history to be shared. From the Native Americans to the Pilgrims, from Thoreau to today’s vacationers coming from all over the country,...Read more
Hitch 7 is tough. Us corps members are tired out from a long few months of trail work. The heat and humidity at the end of July is oppressive. Bugs are stinging, ticks are embedding, poison ivy is thriving. We can’t help but think about the future; it’s tough to remain present. We are coming to terms with the fact that our program is ending sooner than we’d all like to admit. Change is imminent, impending, impossible to forget about… and yet, integral. We define our world by the passing of time, and change, though daunting at times, is not a bad thing....Read more
There are many new things I’ve learned while working with the SCA, from how to chop wood to what a lap joint is and the alarmingly massive amount of Cheez-it’s hungry people can consume. Not only have I gained these new skills (except for my impressive cheez-it consumption- that’s always been pretty good) but SCA has afforded us the opportunity to gain them in beautiful places. I’ve explored more of Massachusetts than I would be able to if I had any other job. This awesome job perk became especially clear this past hitch when my crew and I had the good fortune to...Read more
When we go out on hitch we have the awesome opportunity of meeting and working with so many different people ranging from individuals that frequent the park to the park staff itself. And for my past hitch my crew and I had the pleasure of working with Geoffery Wood. Geoff is a seasoned DCR employee with many years of hard work put into Belle Isle Marsh Reservation (the site where the hitch was located). He is also a man whose work ethic and speed is rivaled by none other. Especially when one takes in account the fact that at the end of the this month he is retiring. The fact that he making...Read more
Our hitch was a good one. It was filled with long work filled days, with miles of walking on trails not meant for a walking person. On average we managed about 10 miles a day on trails made for dirt bikes. Well trails not even made for dirt bikes, as these trails are illegal. Well “were” illegal. We closed every one we could lay a foot on. Even with these days filled with hiking up and down trails designed to take the most diﬃcult route possible, my crew was all smiles. We were on trails not often frequented by the illegal dirt bikers who created them, much less any hikers who might...Read more
The water supply region of Massachusetts is home to a beautiful array of public lands, including the Quabbin Reservoir and the Ware River Watershed. The Ware River Watershed (one of the few unfiltered and open-to-the-public water supplies in the country), where we served on our first 10-day hitch, feeds into the Quabbin, which in turn supplies water to Boston. We worked along the Massachusetts Central Rail Trail, a wide gravel trail used often by walkers, joggers, bikers, and on occasion, horses. Unfortunately, a number of unauthorized trails have sprouted up over the years. Our task was...Read more