Driving into the city of Boston for the first time on Wednesday reminded me of all of wonderful the commuter traﬃc, which I left in DC to go live in Western Massachusetts to serve with SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps. It felt a little bit like home for the...
Every year, SCA provides training, tools and projects that place motivated teens and young adults in the field to effect changes great and small. How do we measure the effects? Sometimes its through decreased CO2 levels or by the tons of trash collected or in the number of trees planted. Our success is also measured by the lessons learned, the perspective gained and the lives we transform—today and into the future. Often when the SCA project is over, the success story is just beginning. Take a look at some of our most recent accomplishments.
6 members of SCA's Massachusetts AmeriCorps Program help Bostonians get out from under 7 ft of snow
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The Danger Six, a “Special Operations Unit” composed of SCA Massachusetts Americorps members and staff, traveled to the city of Boston to aid in snow removal efforts. For three days and two nights, the unit cleared snow and received positive encouragement from many Bostonians. Although their service in Boston is...
Climate, Volunteer Opportunities
Where tech & nature intersect, SCA Member Rachelle Hedges sees the future of conservation
Posted by Rachelle Hedges | Monday, February 23, 2015
I had just witnessed ﬁrst-hand that using technology and spending time outdoors is not an either/or proposition. One does not inherently exclude or lessen the value of the other, and just because we have a generation that loves their phones, doesn’t mean we won’t have a generation of conservationists too. I believe the marrying of technology and nature will help to better both, making each more valuable, more accessible and healthier. And I believe that students like the ones I worked with today will be the driving force behind this marriage for many years to come.
SCA Member Sarika Khanwilkar feels inspired after making a Gopher Tortoise's day
Posted by Sarika Khanwilkar | Monday, February 23, 2015
I was picking up trash the other day on the West edge of Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, where old pizza boxes, beer cans, plastic bags and other miscellaneous, unidentifiable objects are scattered across the landscape. Most of this litter is cast from cars zipping by...
Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Forests
Posted by Staff | Monday, February 23, 2015
Growing up in Houston, Stacey Kinney says she only saw ducks on oﬃce park ponds. Now, here she was at Coldwater River National Wildlife Refuge in Lambert, Mississippi, netting and banding them by the dozen.
“Getting one of those little silver bands on is not easy,” Stacey declares. “The ducks start...
Animals & Wildlife, Career Success, Diversity, Education, Endangered Species, Wetlands
Steph Jeffries supports SCA because it helps students identify their life's work
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Today Steph Jeffries is a professor in the Forestry and Environmental Resources Department at North Carolina State University. In the summer of 1992, she was an SCA intern at Chugach National Forest in Alaska.
Her recent book, Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests, gives readers rich, ecological insights into 30 different popular...
Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Education, Forests, Parks, Science, Trails and Hiking
Posted by Staff | Friday, February 13, 2015
Davon Goodwin had already made a range of contributions – and sacrifices – before he joined SCA. An Army veteran, he’d pulled extended tours of Iraq and Afghanistan; in the latter, an improvised explosive device fired shrapnel into his brain and shattered two vertebrae. Davon says recovering from his wounds...
Career Success, Education, Forests, Kids, Wildfires
SCA Intern Marlisa Jemison on Electrofishing with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, February 12, 2015
This post was written for Open Spaces, the oﬃcial blog of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s part of a monthly series featuring SCA interns writing about their experiences working to promote, protect and study wildlife on public lands all over the United States.
It’s our great pride and...
Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Education
Inspired by SCA service, Quincy Swatson is bringing opportunity to his Pittsburgh neigborhood
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, February 12, 2015
Growing up in Pittsburgh’s troubled Manchester neighborhood in the 1990s, Quincy Kofi Swatson thought most of his doors were closed. “It was a homogenously poor neighborhood,” he says, “and homogenously of one race, and you’d get caught up in the mindset that everyone is in the same situation and there...
Animals & Wildlife, Career Success, Coasts & Water, Education, Kids, Volunteer Opportunities
What's it like to be a conservationist working in Geospatial Information Systems? SCA's Rachelle Hedges describes a typical day.
Posted by Rachelle Hedges | Thursday, February 12, 2015
Well, I really left you hanging last time, didn’t I? I got you all excited about GIS and the amazing things it can do, but I never told you what you would do if you worked in GIS. So, what does a day in the life...
Education, Parks, Science
Here at SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps, our teaching season is in full swing. I and many of my fellow corps members find ourselves teaching all kinds of science lessons in elementary schools, from electricity and magnetism, light and sound, to animal adaptations, or composting. When I first started teaching in my...
January is always misconstrued as something boring, dead, and lifeless, and… and dull… something along those lines. For anyone who believes this, I invite you to visit Hawley. One needs only to awake at dawn and take a walk around the pond to see life everywhere. You see miniscule mouse...
As a result of comfort and familiarity, and also attachment and ownership, I’d say your second visit someplace, or your third or fourth and so on, always looks very different from the first time you see a new place. After ﬂying over eight states and driving through two more, I...
After a refreshing winter holiday filled with sickness and catching up with my family, I am excited to get back to Hawley. It’s expected to snow the day I arrive and I feel as if this is a good omen for the next month and a half. I’m looking forward...
I’ll just jump right in and give you a forecast for the weather this week: It’s about 20 degrees right now, we have a foot of snow forecast within the next 24 hours, and temps are expected to dip down to ten below twice this coming week.
If you’re from the...
ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Brave Freezing Temperatures to Restore the Harlem River
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, February 10, 2015
On February 7th, ﬂurries were in the air and over a foot of snow already blanketed Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx. But that didn’t stop 65 volunteers from coming out to the riverfront for February’s ConSERVE NYC event.
Diversity, Education, Invasives, Kids, Parks
Sarika Khanwilkar Finds Her Niche at Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge
Posted by Sarika Khanwilkar | Thursday, February 5, 2015
Sarika Khanwilkar spends her mornings with a skunk named Mango, and her afternoons watching out for endangered Gopher Tortoises. Learn more about her life as an SCA intern in her first field dispatch from Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge.
Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Education, Endangered Species, Parks
Making a Difference with GIS by Rachelle Hedges
Posted by Rachelle Hedges | Wednesday, February 4, 2015
In December of 2010 I left a career in advertising to go back to school for a degree in natural resources management. One of the main reasons for making this change, was that I needed a job in which I could work outside. I love being outside. I love hiking....
Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Coasts & Water, Forests, Parks, Science
Ospreys versus Civic-Minded Citizens
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Saturday, January 31, 2015
Everyone (that we asked) is in agreement. This year’s superbowl will be decided by which team is more in tune with conservation, nature, and the great outdoors.
Now, obviously you’re thinking, “You guys. One team has a formerly endangered, sea-faring bird as its mascot, while the other has, what? A Revolutionary...
CDIP Capstone Project
Posted by Staff | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Isaac Coleman served as a CDIP (Career Discovery Internship Program) Intern at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama. This video is his capstone project.
Where will SCA take you?
A new multi-year study on SCA’s youth impact shows significant gains across a wide range of indicators.
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