In Jasmine Jone’s endeavors to travel across the nation, expanding on environmental protection efforts and contributing her acquired skills to the sustainable industries, the search for the launch of her career has brought Jasmine to the SCA. During her undergraduate years, she was active in many professional science organizations and various non-science leadership positions, mentoring programs, research in plant sciences, ecological surveys, and stewardship projects. She also designed and instructed entomology curriculum for a field based ecology program newly implemented in February of 2012 at her University. As an Army Corps Visitor Use Survey SCA intern and contributor to the conservation projects conducted by her crew throughout the summer of 2012, she had hoped to acquire new skills, expand her network, disseminate awareness, and add to the productivity of their efforts. With these objectives in mind, Jasmine developed a new technological skill using a handheld data point collector unit participating in a GIS project, learned new natural pest management skills at a local community garden, and throughout the rest of the team’s trail restoration and carpentry projects experience field work. Now as a 10 month member the SCA Massachusetts Corps, Jasmine has continued to further extend her quest for environment enrichment through environmental education once again and further conservation efforts through trail work.
Hannah Colbert comes from Cornwall, Connecticut. She graduated from Bennington College last spring after studying Spanish, German, and translation. Growing up in the woods, going on family backpacking trips, and leading a college pre-orientation trip all led her to pursue outdoor leadership, and she is excited to learn more about environmental education. She hopes to combine her academic and recreational loves of translation and seasonal outdoor work in some symbiotic way. Apart from those she enjoys cooking, fencing, writing, and reading.
Maya Randolph is a political science and psychology double major at Wellesley College. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA where she learned a love of the outdoors through city parks. Last January, Maya spent a month volunteering on an organic farm in Greece. This past summer she led a community trail crew of high school aged students doing trail work in her hometown. She enjoys the entire education process and eventually wants to become a professor. Maya also loves sports, the outdoors, being a camp counselor and community advocacy work. She is excited to embark on this environmental education adventure with the other corps members and the children in the surrounding towns.
Evelyn grew up in the Northern Adirondacks and spent a lot of time outdoors as a child. In 2012, she graduated from SUNY Geneseo where she majored in Geography and minored in Environmental Studies. At Geneseo, she taught as a lab instructor and occasionally in small scale outdoor settings, and found joy in spreading enthusiasm for our environment. After graduation, Evelyn spent 3 months traveling the country with her brother and 2 months working at St. Regis Canoe Outfitters. Evelyn enjoys learning and teaching in an active, hands-on setting where the student becomes their own teacher.
John E. Aldridge’s hometown is a little mountain community near Rocky Mountain National Park. He is currently taking online classes via Oregon State University, where his major is Forest Ecosystems and Society, with a minor in Natural Resources Management and Policy. He is also a recent graduate from Front Range Community College in Fort Collins, CO. There, he earned his Associate's of Applied Science degree in Forestry, Wildlife, and Natural Resources, and had a lot of fun tracking mountain lions, catching fish, and playing many outdoor games. His favorite hobbies include snowshoeing, painting, and singing. As a teacher’s assistant at his alma mater, he completed various tasks in the Natural and Environmental Sciences department, and had the opportunity to supervise the training of safe chainsaw usage. Finally, he worked in aquariums for many years at PetSmart, where he sold fish, provided information for healthy fish tanks, and promoted enthusiasm for responsible pet-keeping in his community. He is very much looking forward to working with teachers and students during the next several months!