Stories from the Field

By Joseph Thurston

ABOVE: Kahmia at Gateway National Recreation Area’s NYC Pride table. 

Centennial Volunteer Ambassador Proud Moment #1:

I brought Gateway National Recreation Area to NYC Pride!!!

By Joseph Thurston

ABOVE: Blue 54, a 9-year-old male, after receiving his new GPS collar. (NPS photo by Katie Rodriguez)

The Dogwoods have bloomed and the Sierra’s snow caps are melting, which can only mean one thing in Yosemite National Park – summer! Waking up to the rumbling sound of Yosemite falls each morning is becoming routine. It’s hard to believe that I have been living here for almost three months now!

By Joseph Thurston

This is PART 2 of our Q & A with SCA alum Lian Law. CLICK HERE FOR PART 1.

By Joseph Thurston

An SCA internship at Denali National Park and Preserve may not seem like a natural choice for a a Film and Media Studies major, but for Lian Law, who grew up taking family vacations to parks all over the country, an NPS Live Stream Production Internship was a perfect fit.

During the month of June, Discovery Communications organizes thousands of its employees throughout the world to give back through their “Discover Your Impact Day.” On June 12th, SCA joined in to help their efforts by organizing a conservation project on the Los Angeles River with over 80 local Discovery Communications employees.

This National Trails Day, SCA members and alumni were at work at ten events from coast to coast, taking in the beauty of our nation’s trails and building resiliency for future visitors.

By Joseph Thurston

NPS ranger and SCA alum Michael Liang received some much deserved praise from Out Magazine recently for the work he does to make sure that America’s national parks and historical sites feel welcoming, relevant, and representative to people of all backgrounds, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

By Joseph Thurston

NPS ranger and SCA alum Michael Liang received some much deserved praise from Out Magazine recently for the work he does to make sure that America’s national parks and historical sites feel welcoming, relevant, and representative to people of all backgrounds, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

On the morning of May 28th, over 80 employee volunteers from SCA’s national partner American Eagle Outfitters gathered in Manhattan’s East Village to restore Tompkins Square Park as part of the #AEOBetterWorld initiative.

By Joseph Thurston

ABOVE: 2015 Career Discovery Internship Program participants preparing to kayak at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.

Each year, through the Career Discovery Internship Program (CDIP), we work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to connect young conservationists of diverse background to hands-on service experiences at wildlife refuges across the country.

SCA volunteers in New York City took time off from final exams this weekend to help build safer bike trails in Brooklyn. Fifty volunteers gathered at Floyd Bennett Field in Gateway National Recreation Area to clear invasive vines and open up bike paths along Flatbush Avenue.

SCA ramped up Earth Day celebrations to new heights this year, marking Earth Day with hands-on conservation service in 14 cities coast to coast and engaging 1,500 volunteers nationwide.

On May 16th, SCA teamed up with national supporter Domtar to beautify and restore River Park North in Greenville, North Carolina. Over 60 Domtar employees and their families spent the morning removing invasive honeysuckle vines, spreading new mulch, and planting milkweed in the butterfly gardens.

By Joseph Thurston

ABOVE: The 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps at Minerva Terrace in Yellowstone National Park.

An amazing chapter in the history of cycling for your Bike Month reading pleasure.

If you were a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army stationed at Ft. Missoula, Montana, and you were looking to test the military viability of a new-fangled contraption called the “safety bicycle,” what would you do?

By Joseph Thurston

ABOVE: “When there are more days of rain than sunshine during a trail-building hitch, sometimes, to stay cheerful, you just have to embrace the mud.” Eagle River, AK

Last summer, University of Michigan student Sammy Pressman spent 3 months roaming the wilds of Alaska, sleeping in a tent and working on a variety of vital conservation projects—restoring moose habitat, battling invasive plants, closing dangerously eroded sections of trail and replacing them fresh routes. He experienced it all as a member of one of SCA’s Alaska Corps teams.

Sustainability Goes Mainstream on Main Street

A mob is gathering in suburban Pittsburgh and Sahar Arbab couldn’t be happier.  In fact, she incited it.

Pittsburgh PA, where SCA's Green Cities initiative has been helping businesses with sustainability, and saving money in the process.

This Saturday SCA teamed up with American Express to celebrate Earth Day by bringing more than 350 volunteers to Fort Totten Park in Washington, DC. This event followed another successful partnership event with American Express in New York City last weekend, and concluded a month of SCA Earth Day celebrations in 16 cities nationwide.

ABOVE: A bush plane dropped off SCA member Amy J. Marks and park rangers Evan Olsen, Ed Eberhardy, Jim Hanna at the starting point for their backcountry river patrol of Wrangell St. Elias National Park, right below the toe of the Tana Glacier where the Tana River begins.

By Joseph Thurston

Just in time for National Park Week, an inside look at one of the ways we’re working with the National Park Service to build a public lands workforce that’s as diverse as the Americans it serves.

Each spring, SCA and NPS bring together diverse young conservationists from all over the country for weeklong NPS Academy orientation sessions at Grand Teton, Great Smoky, Kenai Fjords, and the National Parks of New York Harbor. Thusly inspired and prepared, participants then spend their summers serving as SCA interns on NPS lands across the USA.

This past Saturday SCA joined forces with American Express to celebrate Earth Day by bringing more than 400 volunteers to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. This day of service marked the first of 18 national events SCA and American Express will host over the next 18 months in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial.

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