Stories from the Field

Photos by Justin Poehnelt - SCA Project Leader

SCA ASB Staff doing the ‘Leaf and Logo™’ (L to R): Molly, Sam, Emily, RebeccaSCA’s Alternative Spring Break program for 2009 at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon has finished for the 60 lovely members of the program and is wrapping up for the fabulous SCA staff that joined the members on this adventure.

By ASB Group 2, Final ASB Blog From the Canyon for ASB 2009. See You Next Year!The SCA crew members crawled out of their tents to greet the cold morning. Some crew members had slept outside last night to stargaze and were eager to share their tales over breakfast.

By ASB Group 2 - March 26, 2009 - Grand Canyon We woke up today with sore bodies but energized spirits. With the memories of our varied hikes and canyon experiences fresh in our mind from yesterday, we spent the morning stretching, refueling, and preparing to get back to our conservation work for the park.

By ASB Group 2March 25, 2009Grand CanyonToday was the group’s opportunity to do as they liked. Whether it was relaxation or hiking the sixteen-mile round trip to the Grand Canyon’s bottom (the Colorado River), leisure was the main objective. There were many options including taking a tour of the Grand Canyon’s private artifact collection, cultural and natural.

By ASB Group 2Grand CanyonAfter the vigilant effort to round up warm gear for the freezing bones of campers, the second night brought more warmth than the first. Another soul satisfying, belly warming breakfast, set the mode for a productive day. The group was divided into 5 teams. 3 teams ventured to the boundary of the Grand Canyon National Park to put up boundary fence signs.

Izzie Hoffman cutting a branch to anchor in the waterbar with a stake on the Berry Creek Trail in Grand Teton. Grand Tetons High School Crew July 24th-August 22nd, 2008 Photo by Jodi P. ProutThis is the fourteenth 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 Post is by Alternative Spring Break Crew 2After some exciting travel experiences (including lost luggage, lost driver’s license, and lost people), the crew finally all arrived at the Grand Canyon ready for adventures. After a bracing/frigid/chilly/exciting evening, the crew woke up ready for more awesome cooking from their intrepid kitchen deity, Emily. To reacquaint themselves with limbs they had lost the feeling from, the group led each other in stretches, followed by general orientation to the week and its rules from Rebecca and Emily, then a game by Yoga Master Sam.

Stand up for the future of service! You have the opportunity to help more youth step forward and serve.The Senate currently is debating the Serve America Act (S. 277), a bipartisan bill authored by Senator Edward Kennedy and Senator Orin Hatch, that expands and reauthorizes our national service laws.

Voyageurs National Park - June 2008 This is the thirteenth 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.

By Ron HasselSo the week’s over, and everyone’s starting to pack for the trip home. One would think that this ending would have a sad undertone, but the reality is that everyone is excited at about all they have accomplished.

This is the eleventh 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 photo is from the 2008 SCA Photo Contest and was taken by SCA Members in Denali National Park.

This is the tenth 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 photo is from the 2008 SCA Photo Contest.

This is the 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.Katrina Recovery Project, Waveland, Mississippi, 6/11/2007 - I found this polaroid in the mud near the site of where a group of SCA Volunteers were building a brand new house for a local family.

I have been camping my whole life. I remember when I was seven carrying a small (which didn’t seem small to me at the time) daypack with a sleeping bag in it up the trail. My sister had the clothing for us. And my mom and dad- well, they had everything else. At the time, I thought I had the heaviest pack ever! I look back and think how amazing my parents were carrying all that weight so we could learn to camp and hike and be in nature at a young age. Those trips so affected me that becoming an SCA volunteer was a natural step for me. I cannot think what my life would be like without the summers of camping with my family and working for SCA. All those backcountry experiences and times with small groups doing our thing in the best places in the world.I came to this project, this Grand Canyon Alternative Spring Break project with the same ideas: working hard outside, camping, being with people who care and learning more skills and gaining more knowledge. I have been an SCA member before and I just needed to get back into it.

This is the 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.Environmental Education at the Urban Treehouse, Washington DC. Photo taken 7/25/2008

Andon Zebal (SCA ‘08) recently sent me this blog entry recounting his SCA experience.  Andon grew up in Mexico and hopes to return there to work on sustainable forestry and reforestation. This summer, he will embark on a “Reforestation Backpacking Trip,” attempting to see as many  projects as possible as he travels through Mexico and Central America. You can follow his adventures (including his SCA experience last summer) at his blog, Restoring the Americas.Justin, John and I visited the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in northern Oklahoma. The preserve is the largest protected prairie remnant in the world. I assumed it was a national or at least a state park, but it turns out the whole thing is run by the Nature Conservancy! We met with Bob Hamilton (in between Justin and me in the picture below), basically the ecosystem manager of the preserve. He has been working with the preserve since before it started in 1989, so the Prairie is basically his baby.

by Molly LundbergToday was the first day of work. After a night spent singing around the campfire, the crew was eager for the hard labor. However, they first had to wait a bit longer, and decided to play a game.

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