Stories from the Field

By Andon Zebal - SCA Alum ‘08Andon Zebal (SCA Alum ‘08) is currently traveling through Mexico, volunteering for as many ecology, sustainable development, and reforestation projects as possible. He is reporting his experiences on his website.I’m breaking chronosequence today to bring you this important report from the jungles of Campeche.

WFA Training for Crew Leaders by Aerie Backcountry Medicine.

Watch the video below, then pledge to take part this summer by signing the Conservation Declaration. Our goal is to reach 5,000 signatures by Monday, June 22nd - the launch of the president’s United We Serve campaign. Once you’ve signed, you’ll be entered to win a National Parks Annual Pass!

Training simulation at Crew Leader Training in Charlestown, NH.

SCA just learned that the Massachusetts Senate recently voted to eliminate $750,000 in funding for the Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA). This action would effectively shut down the MSA, the state agency that administers all AmeriCorps funding for Massachusetts.
Stripping the $750K for MSA puts at risk $10 million in federal funding, another $10 million in private matching funds, and nearly $5 million in post-service education awards for members. No matter how you add it up, it just doesn’t make sense. And it would be a real blow to SCA’s Mass Parks program.
Please help by sending a letter to your State Senator in the next week. (See sample text below. Find your senator’s email address here) http://members.thesca.org/site/R?i=WYs6hx0hARC7k4IcNZ2BIg.

This week, the first wave of 93 SCA high school trail crews started work. In Denali, Inyo Mammoth, Chief Joseph Dam, Saguaro, Acadia, Cumberland Island National Seashore and many, many other national parks and forests, SCA members are building trails and bridges, making new friends, and taking up the challenge issued by President Obama to engage in national service.

Acadia National Park, ME - Summer 2007 - Photos by Crew Members This is the 31-38 (we got a little behind, time to catch up!) entry in our ongoing series, Photograph Fantastique, in which we count down 50 days until the Unofficial Official Start of High Season for conservation programs.

Construction of a 76 foot bridge over Econfina Creek in Florida. Photo courtesy of Justin Poehnelt via the SCA Facebook group.This is the thirtieth entry in our ongoing series, Photograph Fantastique, in which we count down 50 days until the Unofficial Official Start of High Season for conservation programs.

From the SCA Facebook Group.Added by Kelly Smith to the group “The Student Conservation Association” from the album “Youth Programs”
This is the twenty-ninth entry in our ongoing series, Photograph Fantastique, in which we count down 50 days until the Unofficial Official Start of High Season for conservation programs.

2009 work skills training at Salmon-Challis National Forest in Idaho. Photo via the SCA facebook group.This is the twenty-eighth entry in our ongoing series, Photograph Fantastique, in which we count down 50 days until the Unofficial Official Start of High Season for conservation programs.

Bill and Graham taking a break on a recreational hike with the US/Canada high school crew in North Cascades National Park. Via the SCA facebook group.This is the twenty-seventh entry in our ongoing series, Photograph Fantastique, in which we count down 50 days until the Unofficial Official Start of High Season for conservation programs.

SCA volunteers and representatives from GTECH harvest sunflower seeds to be converted to biofuels in Pittsburgh. The service project took place as part of the annual National Public Lands Day celebration.This is the twenty-sixth entry in our ongoing series, Photograph Fantastique, in which we count down 50 days until the Unofficial Official Start of High Season for conservation programs.

A high school crew in Great Smoky Mountains National Park shot this footage on a Flip video camera last summer. Take a peek into the lives of SCA crew members in the field…This is the twenty-fifth entry in our ongoing series, Photograph Fantastique, in which we count down 50 days until the Unofficial Official Start of High Season for conservation programs.

SCA’s New Hampshire Conservation Corps arrived on SCA’s Charlestown campus this morning for several days of work skills training before entering the field this summer. The corps recently wrapped up the environmental education portion of their year in Manchester, NH.

A 2008 national high school crew member works in Dinosaur National Monument.This is the twenty-third entry in our ongoing series, Photograph Fantastique, in which we count down 50 days until the Unofficial Official Start of High Season for conservation programs.

This is the twenty-second entry in our ongoing series, Photograph Fantastique, in which we count down 50 days until the Unofficial Official Start of High Season for conservation programs.

SCA’s New Hampshire Conservation Corps hosted an Earth Day celebration at Veteran’s Park in Manchester, NH on Saturday April 18.This is the twenty-first entry in our ongoing series, Photograph Fantastique, in which we count down 50 days until the Unofficial Official Start of High Season for conservation programs.

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