Stories from the Field

by Chelsea Woodworth, August 17, 2009“Dad, do you remember where Chelsea is going?” my father asked my 85 year old grandfather.  He seemed unreachable, staring at the nursing home window.  Then, he turned and looked directly at me with his old familiar smile and he said with great assurance, “ANWR!”

Photos By Justin PoehneltCutting a tree over a hiking trail in the Frank Church Wilderness with a two person crosscut saw.More by JustinTrail Bridge Construction - 60 Second Time Lapse VideoFlorida Trail Bridge Construction - PhotosMore Photos on Justin’s Flickr

Grace captioned this photo: “Century Mark! Hiked 100 miles in less than 30 days!”

I absolutely love this time of year when we get pictures like these. SCA’s Urban Tree house project offers outdoor education to DC school children of all ages and takes place at the outdoor center at Anacostia Park. They learn and they have a great time, as you can see.

You can visit SCA’s Flickr photostream to see more pix in this set.

This morning representatives from the Walmart Foundation, and the Student Conservation Association (SCA), together with the Friends of the Forest Preserves celebrated the launch of SCA’s Conservation Leadership Corps in Chicago. The CLC willl engage 60 local high school students in conservation service, environmental education, and green jobs training.

More on ”The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.”Summary of the Screening EventPhotos from the Screening EventThe National Parks: America’s Best Documentary?

H.R. 1612: Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2009  Press Conference, 7/22/2009WASHINGTON, DC – Two DC Conservation Crews joined SCA staff and an ensemble of nonprofit leaders and youth volunteers outside the Capitol on Wednesday, July 22 to lend support to the passage of the Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2009 (“PLSC”).Representative Raul Grijalva of Arizona, who is sponsoring the bill, said that “this act is about making an investment in one of the precious resources of this nation, which is its young people.”  The PLSC legislation would expand service-learning opportunities for high school, college, and graduate students to serve on the nation’s public lands.  Read the full text of H.R. 1612 here (via GovTrack). 

SCA’s New York Green Corps initiative launches next week with a six-week summer youth employment program. Nearly 200 youth members will join skilled SCA crew leaders for projects in state parks across New York.

SCA’s New Hampshire Conservation Corps, with some help from SCA staff, spent the day at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish New Hampshire, replacing sills supporting a 10-year old wooden bridge. NHCC has been at the Saint-Gaudens for several weeks, building bog bridges, shown here, and doing other important trail maintenance tasks at this extensive woodland site.

In April, President Obama signed the bipartisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act into law. The Act more than triples the size of AmeriCorps and will create a new era of service in America. Now, we need to let Congress know how important it is to fully fund the Serve America Act.

Video: Brattleboro Reformer interview - Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan received a standing ovation Wednesday evening, at the Bellows Falls Vermont Opera House, following the screening of a clip of their latest series: The National Parks, America’s Best Idea. The event was hosted by SCA and the Walpole Historical Society.

Photos by Garrett Allen
Screening Hosted by SCA and the Walpole Historical SocietyJuly 1, Bellows Falls, Vermont - Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan’s most recent film, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, played to a Sold Out audience at the Bellows Falls Opera House. The rain broke just long enough for the patrons to line up around the block.

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.