This year's Veteran's Historicorps team is a new partnership between the SCA, Historicorps, and the National Forest Service. At this time we are busy preparing for the season. We have three service sites to work at this season, travelling from North Carolina to Wisconsin to Minnesota. We will be spending the season restoring historic buildings owned by the people of the United States and managed by the Forest Service. Check back soon for more updates!
During the Spring 2013 Leader Team session in Nashville, members will take on a more structured version of what it means to be a leader. In addition to surveys and greater attention to administrative details, members in the Nashville Leader Team have created specialized goals that support the SCA’s Pillars of Conservation Learning to both strengthen skills and build new ones. We will conduct surveys in extended spring hours while planning service projects that will engage the Nashville community, give us a better perspective on local environmental issues and help ready members for leadership roles.
Fortunately, the East Nashville neighborhood where the Spring 2013 Leader Team has been placed is overwhelmed with awesome opportunities to participate in conservation projects. From the Nashville GreenWay, to local food cooperatives and community gardens and public green spaces, members in the Nashville area will have an easy time finding ways to fulfill the SCA’s third Pillar of Conservation Learning. After brief conversations I have had with Eva and Mike, it has become clear that the drive exists to really dig into community engagement and make a positive impact on local green spaces.
During the spring, members will be encouraged to take ownership of the surveys they are conducting. By owning their own schedule and understanding the value of the information for the ACoE, members can find pride in their contributions to the ACoE. By being the voice of the SCA and the ACoE, members can educate the public about the SCA mission and the purpose of the surveys in that mission.
Members have been encouraged to put a lot of thought and intent in the projects they wish to participate in to satisfy the Pillars of Conservation Learning. While it is obvious that both Eva and Mike have interest in work in the environmental field, discussions about how their projects might relate to their professional future and the networking that can support those goals is never ending.
Written by Sophie Louis
From January through April, 26 corps members teach environmental education to more than 1,000 fourth and fifth grade students in Manchester and Allenstown School Districts. Corps members work in teaching teams of 2-3 to develop a 10-week curriculum and service learning project that incorporates NH State Science Standards and aims to foster connections between the students and their natural world. The service learning project allows students to apply their knowledge, engage with peers and practice earth stewardship by giving back to their school community. The teaching teams also lead afterschool Earth Stewardship Club lessons with the 21st Century Program and Girls Inc., as well as mentor and serve as positive role models to students in the Salvation Army’s Kids Café program. The SCA NH corps Education Program provides invaluable experiences and learning for both the youth served and the corps members’ professional development.
From the slopes of Mt. Monadnock to the Great Woods of the North Country, 18-22 corps members work in the field from April through October restoring and preserving public lands.
Crews build new trails and maintain/repair existing trail networks. Repairing trails damaged by erosion not only cares for the land, but also makes them safe and more accessible to thousands of hikers each year. In addition, our teams engage in restoration and preservation of historical structures and often build visitor facilities such as pavilions and cabins.
SCA NH corps completes these essential conservation projects through partnerships with New Hampshire State Parks, federal land management agencies, town and county governments, land trusts, conservation commissions and other organizations.