Stories from the Field

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.

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)

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.