Hello. My name is Stephanie Orlando and I am the Project Leader for the 2010 Botany Restoration Team in Grand Marais, MN. I am originally from Milwaukee, WI but have been living and traveling in different states for the past six years. I graduated from the University of Tampa with a BS in Biology in May 2008 and have basically been with the SCA ever since. It was during my senior year there that I stumbled upon a poster for the SCA in a seldom used hallway of the Science Wing. And from that moment on, my life was changed. I joined the SCA in 2008 and by fall I was a Crew Member for the Native Plant Corps in Yuma, AZ at Imperial NWR and then joined the New Hampshire Conservation Corps in 2009. I am excited to be returning to the SCA as a first time Project Leader and cannot wait start working in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness!
Ryan Hughes recently graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in English and has since been unsuccessful in working his way into the business world, so he figured he might as well disappear into the backcountry. What better way to prove his worth to the business world than tackling bears and having staring contests with Big Horn Sheep?
In addition to his troubles finding a full-time position that is the least bit related to his coursework, Ryan has realized that he enjoys the fulfillment of exhaustion received only by physical labor, and thus has decided to devote himself to the natural world that has fascinated him for all of his life.
Ryan has also held a strong passion to spend time in the Pacific Northwest and is extremely excited to have the opportunity to travel to paradise and work to keep it that way. Who knows, he may never leave.
Jordan Albright's love of the great outdoors did not start at an early age. Her parents love to tell the story of how she complained that she was hungry and wanted Wendy's during the entire family trip to the Grand Canyon in 2000. In sixth grade, when asked what she thought of Giant Sequoias, she said, "You've seen one tree, you've seen 'em all." However, since high school, Jordan has had a change of heart, and now seeks out opportunities to be outside and learn about environmental issues whenever possible. She's a leader in Georgetown University's Outdoor Education program, and is studying to be an environmental biology major. Jordan is excited to be spending her summer with the SCA and looks forward to getting dirty and learning more about conservation in Wallowa Whitman National Forest.
Hi. I am Samuel Wright. Currently I am a 19 year old attending the small, private, and hippie school of Colorado College. One of the main reasons I chose to go there was my love of nature and just getting out there. I have been involved with SCA since the summer before my Junior year in high school and to be honest I have no idea what I would do with my summers if it wasn’t trail work! I have worked three incredible summers with three awesome crews, starting in Virginia then to Alaska and finally my past summer spent in the backcountry of Yosemite.
When I am not doing trail work, or out in the Rocky Mountains, I live here at home in Charlotte, North Carolina. I really am a bit of a Southern boy at heart and though I do not have much of an accent, or hold stereotypically Southern beliefs or practices, the South has had a huge influence on how I lead my life.
Right now I am getting ready for Oregon and really looking forward to another summer away from it all, can’t wait to get out there.
listen to what you cannot hear,
look for what cannot be seen
take the time my friends,
read between the lines
and you will find
what you did not know
you were looking for
Really what it's all about is opportunity. In this life (if you want to do something you like) there isn't time for advanced planning, you've got to pick something and do it. Don't talk about it, do it!
Nothing is guaranteed. Don't take things for granted.
Fresh free-flow, Let the thing grow
poetry-currently in an eternal love affair with RUMI's poetry, rock-climbing, swimming, baseball/softball, movies, food, animals, biking, Freestylin' ...whatever you freestyle. I value education, but more as a means of communication and really not so much as a means but just for the experience. My writing style:
"The mountains looked beautiful this morning and they did also last night as the February sunset turned them a blazing red orange across a strict line above which the white snow that lay on the high tops was twilight blue and like a shadow somewhere near the cross-over to another world." -Feb. 27, 2009 -8:34 am- Livejournal.com