Vets go from firefights to fighting fires

Stars & Stripes

The men and women I’m training know we’re about to confront a merciless enemy. We are all military veterans, and in the field we have an objective, a plan, and the flexibility to change tactics midstream — just as in the armed forces.

In this case our adversary isn’t al-Qaida...Read more

Youth Help Restore Gateway sites

Staten Island Advance


Once again, the pick rises high up toward the overcast sky, hangs there for a few seconds, and slams back down on the granite boulder.


The pounding pick adds to the sound of the waves, rolling and...Read more

Vassar Alumna Returns To Help Plant Hundreds Of Trees

WAMC Northeast Public Radio

A 1955 Vassar College graduate returned to campus this week to participate in a tree-planting project as part of an organization she founded.

That was a tulip tree getting its first drink after being planted in a 5-acre site at Poughkeepsie-based Vassar College’s 530-acre Farm and...Read more

A door opens on North Side

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Quincy Kofi Swatson grew up in Manchester in the ’90s when the influence of crack and gangs was at its peak. He and his friends saw their peers following the path of the few male role models they knew.

“I was lucky that my mom strived to keep a barrier for me,” he said. “...Read more

Lighting up opportunity

Buffalo Bulletin

When Joe Svidron’s days as an active member of the U.S. Marine Corps ended and his time as a park management major began, the transition was anything but smooth. After four years in the military, college was like a foreign land, full of younger students whose world of fashion and fads was...Read more

Environmental Internships

E Magazine


Dear EarthTalk: I understand that there are many internships available at environmental organizations, some involving working outdoors, some year-round with expenses paid. Where do I find these? – Jason Baar, Los Angeles, CA

Internships can provide...Read more

Vassar students plant 1,000 trees

Poughkeepsie Journal

Carrie Perkins had an idea.

As part of an independent research project, Perkins, a senior biology major at Vassar College, decided it would be a good idea to plant … a forest.

That idea evolved into a three-day effort that continues today and Friday at Vassar College’s...Read more

Finch celebrates city’s teen wildlife ambassadors

The Bridgeport News

Mayor Bill Finch congratulated a team of Bridgeport high school students at Beardsley Park on Sept. 5 for their 10 months of service to the city and its wildlife.

The teens are the first members of the WildLife Guards, a program launched in 2012 by Audubon Connecticut in partnership...Read more

SCA Founder And Vassar College Alumna Liz Putnam Will Join Vassar Students And Faculty Members To Plant 1,100 Trees On Campus

Part of the September 11th National Day of Service, the Effort will Strengthen the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve, Which is Open to the Public

WASHINGTON, DC – September 5, 2013 – Student Conservation Association (SCA) founder and...Read more

Hazelwood kids’ first foray into wild leaves lasting impression

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Curtis Love had some serious questions earlier this month as he stood in the parking lot of the Hazelwood Carnegie Library branch, located above a laundromat and across from more than a handful of vacant and graffiti-tagged storefronts.

“Will there be grizzly bears? What about...Read more


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