I absolutely love this time of year when we get pictures like these. SCA's Urban Tree house project offers outdoor education to DC school children of all ages and takes place at the outdoor center at Anacostia Park. They learn and they have a great time, as you can see.
H.R. 1612: Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2009 Press Conference, 7/22/2009
WASHINGTON, DC – Two DC Conservation Crews joined SCA staff and an ensemble of nonprofit leaders and youth volunteers outside the Capitol on Wednesday, July 22 to lend support to the passage of the Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2009 (“PLSC”).
Representative Raul Grijalva of Arizona, who is sponsoring the bill, said that “this act is about making an investment in one of the precious resources of this nation, which is its young people.” The PLSC legislation would expand service-learning opportunities for high school, college, and graduate students to serve on the nation’s public lands. Read the full text of H.R. 1612 here (via GovTrack).
SCA's New York Green Corps initiative launches next week with a six-week summer youth employment program. Nearly 200 youth members will join skilled SCA crew leaders for projects in state parks across New York. From Niagara Falls to Montauk and everywhere in between, the members will be hard at work removing invasive species, building trails, and restoring habitats in state parks in their communities. Take a look at this slide show of New York's outstanding crew leaders, and stay tuned for more information about this exciting new program.