Stories from the Field

By Joseph Thurston

Considering where we are on the calendar, it seems likely that you’ll be doing a little shopping sometime in the very near future. Considering that it’s 2014, odds are some of it’ll take place… on the internet.

Here are a couple ways to support SCA (and therefore the future of conservation) just by doing the shopping that you were planning on doing anyway.

SCA honored Veterans Day through service in NYC by bringing 116 volunteers to Randall’s Island for our second-largest ConSERVE NYC event of the year.

By Joseph Thurston

Over 90 SCA volunteers gathered at Rio Salado Habitat in Phoenix on November 8th to honor Veterans Day with hands-on service to America’s public lands.

By Joseph Thurston

Friday is the very last day to enter the 2014 Got Dirt? Photo Contest, which means on Saturday… judging begins. We usually end up with a few thousand entries, so if you’re hoping to win, you better do all that you can to make your photos stand out.

Here are 5 things that you can do right now.

SCA kicked off the second year of ConSERVE NYC by bringing 92 volunteers to Jamaica Bay to continue work on a new wheelchair-accessible trail from the Visitor Center to the waterfront.

On October 4th, SCA teamed up with national supporter Domtar to renovate campgrounds and clear storm debris at Millwood State Park in Ashdown, Arkansas.

SCA celebrated the one-year anniversary of ConSERVE NYC by bringing together 100 volunteers for historic restoration at Governors Island National Monument.

By Joseph Thurston

Alongside SCA President Jaime Matyas, AmeriCorps Director Bill Basl, and George Washington Memorial Parkway Superintendent Alex Romero, Secretary Jewell led 125 SCA and AmeriCorps volunteers in an hours long effort to restore a stretch of Potomac River shoreline located just outside of Washington, DC.

On August 23rd, SCA teamed up with national supporter Domtar to refurbish a community skating rink and playground in Nekoosa, Wisconsin. Since 2012, Domtar has supported SCA’s urban initiatives for youth in cities across the country. SCA crew leaders from New York City, just finished with a season of fieldwork helping urban parks recover from Hurricane Sandy, were excited to travel to Wisconsin to help facilitate the project — and share stories of their work with urban youth.

By Emily Bowles

When William Bradford hopped off of the Mayflower and onto Plymouth Rock, he described the landscape that lay before him as a “hideous and desolate wilderness.” Wilderness, in 1620, was not a scarce resource to be protected and treasured. It was scary and empty, a wasted space awaiting the day that an enterprising human might chop it up, organize it, and put it to good use.

ConSERVE NYC events have taken our volunteers as far north as Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx, as far west as Hudson River Park in Manhattan, and as far east as Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing. On August 16th, our volunteers traveled to the southern-most point of New York to serve at Conference House Park on Staten Island.

By Joseph Thurston

Before you can tag an owlet, you have to find one. How does one go about locating a tiny, nest-bound baby owl in the midst of an enormous forest?

SCA volunteers in New York City don’t take the summer off. This Saturday, 80 volunteers came together at the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing for July’s ConSERVE NYC event.

On July 29th, SCA’s community crews in New York City and New Jersey came together 100 members strong to celebrate the midpoint of their summer crews with a project at New York City’s most famous green space: Central Park.

SCA Alumni Council Leah Duran (pictured below) writes about the REI-led stand-up paddle boarding class recently held at Richmond Marina in the Bay Area exclusively for SCA alums. second course will be held this Friday, 7/25 in Redwood City.

SCA’s Sandy Recovery crews wrapped up their first week on the job with an Environmental Education Day on Randall’s Island — a unique park and recreational space which sits at the confluence of the East River, the Harlem River, and Long Island Sound in New York City.

This week, 118 high school students are headed into the field in New York City and New Jersey to help continue the storm recovery process after Hurricane Sandy.

SCA teamed up with the NYC Parks Natural Areas Volunteers and the Appalachian Mountain Club this weekend to clear almost an acre of invasive species from New York City’s largest park.

By Joseph Thurston

Google will tell you that 2,961 miles lay between Glacier Bay National Park and Seal Cove, Maine, but it will not give you directions from one to the other.

By Marinell Chandler

This post originally appeared on Denali National Park’s Runnin’ With the Kennels blog. Above photo: 2014 SCA Summer Kennel Interns, Kelly Bell and Marinell Chandler

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