Stories from the Field

This past weekend, New York’s Central Park was swarming with outdoor youth leaders from across the country who came together for Adventures NYC and the Outdoor Nation Youth Summit.

SCA interns throughout the Gulf region are scrambling to conduct wildlife mortality surveys and establish baseline data before the oil takes a larger toll on area wetlands and beaches, including at Pelican Islands National Wildlife Refuge on the eastern coast of Florida. Read more

by Emma Jornlin, SCA SeattleAs I learn more and more about the history of Earth Day, I get the feeling that Gaylord Nelson did not intend for the day to be about blackberries. Yet year after year, for the past five years of my life, Earth Day here in Seattle has always involved this prickly plant.

Today “officially” marks the beginning of the National Conservation Crew season. The first round of Crew Leaders are attending Cross-Cut certification at Western CL pre-orientation.102 Crews (638 members)18 Leader Crews7 new Crew partners, including BLM and USFWSDenali NP will host 10 Crews.

View more photos by Justin Poehnelt, SCA Project Leader for SCA Idaho AmeriCorps.

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This Earth Day project was the first of many coastal prairie ecosystem restoration projects in the Houston area. The project is in join collaboration with many partners, including the Coastal Prairie Partnership, Texas Master Naturalists and the Hermann Park Conservancy.

Originally Posted By Casey Welch on the Southwest Airlines BlogOn April 7, the Student Conservation Association (SCA), a national leader in youth service and stewardship, named Southwest Airlines its “Official Airline.” Additionally, we’re getting our hands dirty and joining student volunteers at SCA Earth Day service projects across our system for our Spring Share the Spirit initiative.The charit

View more Alternative Spring Break 2010 photos from the Grand Canyon

Session one has wrapped up and session two has been on the ground since Monday. Follow Lauren for photos and stories from session two.

This trailer for a soon-to-be released film called Mother Nature’s Child caught our attention and we hope it engages yours. Please tell you what you think.

Their morning commute is a 35 minute hike past colossal cacti and under constant sun. Not a Starbucks or a donut shop in sight. Once they arrive, they use some admittedly silly routines to ensure everyone is stretched before they pick up their tools and go to work.This is how every day has started for nearly the past two weeks.

I’ve seen some worn trails but never one like this before.You might think I was still at Grand Canyon but look closely.  This is the Garwood Trail at Saguaro National Park East near Tucson.  Heavy equestrian use has turned the trail into a trench.This SCA ASB crew — all volunteers from Vermont Academy — has been working for the past week and a half to restore the hazardous trail.  In some cases

I’m sitting here in a park cafeteria that won’t open for another hour, the lights down low and a couple of staffers puttering about. Five for Fighting’s “What Kind of World Do You Want?” is coming out of the ceiling speakers.

Dawn had hardly broken and two hikers had broken their wrists on icy South Kaibab Trail at Grand Canyon NP. At the same time, the one-time parking lot SCA’s Alternative Spring Break team was to reveg was still covered in snow, so: activate Plan B.

I arrived at Grand Canyon a day ahead of the ASB crew (on my own dime, auditors!).

Photo Credits: Rick Zamore, SCA Program Manager You can read Rick’s short article about Cumberland Island in the February edition of Hands On.

A section of the bridle trail at Bethpage State Park is so muddy, that the suction reportedly pulled shoes off of the horses hooves (it definitely pulled boots off of feet).