Stories from the Field

View the slideshowLOCATION: Last Organic Outpost, Emile Street Community FarmDATE & TIME: Friday, October 29, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PMEVENT RECAP: 45 Yes Prep students, along with teachers, chaperones and SCA staff visited Last Organic Outpost’s Emile Street Community Farm in Houston’s 5th Ward. This was both a service project and a great learning experience for the students.

LOCATION: South Side Park DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 23, 10am-3pmEVENT RECAP: 12 CLC students, 7 staff and former crew leaders, and 11 neighborhood volunteers attended what turned out to be a sunshine and energy-filled workday in South Side Park in Pittsburgh’s South Side Slopes neighborhood.

Give A Gift That Gives Back!With the purchase of one of these 100% organic pillow covers - “Give a Hoot, Don’t Pollute” PBteen donates $5 to SCA.

LOCATION: Fort Dupont National Park DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 16, 8am-3pmEVENT RECAP: A great turnout and a high energy level resulted in an amazing amount of work completed in just a few hours time.

Rouge Park Mountain Bike Trail, Detroit, MISunday, October 3, 10am-2pmEVENT RECAP: Event was a huge success with approximately 30 participants from SCA, the Michigan Mountain Bike Association and the Hub (a local community bike shop in Detroit)! The location was at Rouge Park’s Mountain Bike trail, a two-mile loop along the Rouge River in Northwest Detroit.

Watch veteran SCA crewleader Dan Eldridge use a zip line to get back and forth between 2 crews in Denali National Park in August.

There’s more White House video, including an excerpt of an interview with Liz here:

Elizabeth Cushman Titus Putnam, our amazing founder who is truly a rock star to those of us who know her, received the Citizens Medal from President Obama today at a White House ceremony — the first conservationist ever to earn this honor. Check back here tomorrow for video clips of the event.Please add your note of congratulations here.

by Molly McCluskey, SCA alumnaEver dream of working in the great outdoors for a living? There are many different jobs on public lands throughout the country. The National Park Service hires seasonal and full-time rangers at every park throughout the country and the competition is fierce. Applying for National Park Ranger jobs is like applying for college; you must apply to each park individually, and hope the one you want calls you first.

SCA applauds the passage of the Public Lands Service Corps Act (HR 1612) by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee yesterday. This important piece of legislation, which already has passed the U.S. House of Representatives on March 20, 2010, would dramatically expand opportunities for young people to serve on public lands through SCA and other conservation corps’ programs. In addition to expanding youth service on public lands, the bill also provides for strengthened training, mentoring, and hiring opportunities to help young people become the next generation of conservation managers and leaders. The next step for the bill is for final passage by Congress.

By Emma Jornlin, SCA StaffThe room bubbled with energy just prior to the start of the America’s Great Outdoors Listening Session last Thursday. Nearly one hundred youth from around Seattle gathered at circular tables, playing with the place cards, eating granola bars, and talking excitedly. No one seemed to know what was going to happen, only that we had been invited here by important figures from various park and environmental agencies.

by Emma JornlinThis Thursday July 1, members of SCA Seattle’s community crews will have the opportunity to present their views on conservation, connecting people to the outdoors, and environmental justice to important government officials at an event called the America’s Great Outdoors Listening Session.

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.