The mission of SCA NH corps is to serve the communities and lands of New Hampshire while building the members’ leadership and technical skills in the conservation field. In the tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps, SCA NH corps members perform direct hands on service while developing their ethic of service and citizenship.
Welcome 2013 Corps Members
In its 19th program year, NH corps welcomed 30 members to Bear Brook State Park in January. After a couple of weeks of training, corps members began working in Allenstown and Manchester schools providing environmental education and service learning programming. During the education season, corps members will serve over 1,000 students in the surrounding communities.
In late April, corps members will transition from education season into conservation season, where members will begin conservation and interpretive work throughout the state. During this portion of the program, corps members help to preserve public lands throughout the state and connect with over 20,000 visitors in state parks.
NH corps members also provide year-long opportunities for high school students through the SCA Manchester Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC) program. Corps members serve as leaders for high school crews by planning and implementing community service projects throughout the Manchester and surrounding communities.
For more details on program components, check out General Site Information and meet 2013 Corps members in Member Bios.
Liz (Payonk) here! I recently graduated from the University of Chicago last June with a degree in Biology, all the prerequisites for medical school, and a desperate need to explore alternative passions before entering into the sleep-deprived world of medicine. I am a huge advocate of seeking out uncommon life experiences. So, naturally, I hopped on a plane to Singapore to conduct research, after which I hopped on several more planes to ultimately end up at Bear Brook and get in touch with my environmental side. My interests number many, but my main interest lies in discovering new interests, which makes Bear Brook a great place to be. Other than that, you might find me belting out songs, trying to think of creative ways to stay active indoors, or snuggling up on couches for warmth. Cheers!
Hi my name is Michael Milkavich and I am one of your 2013 SCA Manchester CLC Leaders. I have lived in Southeast Virginia all of my life, and have been living in Williamsburg since I was seven. Conservation and the outdoors have always been an interest of mine, and I fulfilled that curiosity through scouting. I joined scouts in 1996 and received my Eagle Scout award in 2007 having had many leadership positions and adventures along the way. After High School, I attended a local community college and spent some time studying geography at James Madison University in western Virginia. I also continued in scouting spending two summers working at Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico, the first teaching proper tool usage and trail building techniques while leading projects, and the second summer studying invasive plants while educating others about them. I am looking forward this year to be able to share my skills and experiences with the local students, and I hope to instill in them the same sense of adventure and stewardship that has led me here today.
Hi, my name is Michael Geddes. At Stony Brook University this past fall, I majored in Sustainability Studies and minored in Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning. While I was there, I helped to run and maintain a 2200 sq. ft. rooftop farm located atop the university hospital. The best part about working there was knowing that our freshly farmed produce would go directly downstairs to the kitchen, where it would be prepared for recovering patients. With this newfound passion for sustainable agriculture, I helped to organize and facilitate various Food Day events for the campus community, including a screening of the movie FRESH. At first, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after these college experiences but the SCA seemed like a natural fit. The New Hampshire Corps has been a blast thus far, and we haven’t even started teaching yet. I can’t wait to see what surprises lie ahead.
I’m Nicole. Growing up, I enjoyed exploring outside, hiking and camping. Six years ago I moved from northeast Ohio to Chicago to go to school and I stopped spending as much time outdoors. In 2010, I graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in Sociology and minors in Environmental Studies and Women & Gender Studies. I hadn’t thought I would love the city but I do! After graduation, I began gaining some experience in teaching environmental education in a non-formal setting. I enjoyed my work with the Girl Scouts, with museums and with the Park District in and near Chicago. However, I also began to wonder about urban settings and what environmental education could include there. I missed being outside and wanted a change from the city. I wanted a new and entirely different space where I could be immersed in a new community and lifestyle. These thoughts and goals led me to investigate the internship options with the SCA. Ultimately, I landed here in the SCA NH Corps at Bear Brook. I hope to spend these next ten months in the woods, teaching, learning, baking bread, mastering wood chopping and soaking up each day!
Hey there, folks!My name is Rachael Esh. After graduating from Ohio University with a degree in Environmental Biology, I wanted to explore my interests a bit further. My love for the outdoors and desire to work with people my age led me to the SCA New Hampshire Corps! Not only am I excited to learn new skills, but to grow closer to the people in our Bear Brook community. On a typical day, I may be found swimming (not until the ice thaws, though), jamming out to good music, or catching up on some solid reads. I can’t wait to begin educating children on the environment and sharing the beauty of New Hampshire as an Interpretive Ranger!
Growing up in the suburbs of Boston, I found joy in scrabbling up the rough branches of the Japanese Maple behind my house, pushing my fingers through cool mud beneath drainpipes, and watching slugs leave trails of slime on my knees. The natural world has always been a place of magic for me, where found shards of Coke bottles become Native American pottery and the tufts of tall grasses brushing my shins become a landscape of clouds. As an intern with the US Forest Service, I spent this past summer bouncing through the forest and turning over logs with children in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. My name is Rachel Kaufmann and I love sharing the joy and wonder of the natural world with children. We need the earth, not only for the life-sustaining resources it provides, but also for the peace and stability that comes from a connection to the land. With the SCA New Hampshire Corps, I hope to bring children that feeling I get when standing on top of Mt. Pisgah, surrounded by mountains in all directions.
I am Rob Hill, sometimes called “Bobby” by the folks here at Bear Brook State Park. I was born and raised on Florida’s West coast where I spent many a days fishing and exploring the mangrove forests. It was not until I went to school at Florida Gulf Coast University for Environmental Studies that I realized I could make a career out of my passion for the natural world. Having the opportunity to work and play in the Florida Everglades was an amazing experience; one that set in stone my plan to work in the conservation/ environmental education field. The New Hampshire Conservation Corps position with the SCA will provide an opportunity for me to develop the technical skills needed to succeed in this field of work. Along the way I have already been making some great friends and building strong communication skills. I have also been taking up new hobbies, song writing being one of them, so be on the look out for my hit single “My Darlin Marlin”.
Hello my name is Bryan Campbell, but I prefer to go by my middle name. That’s right, Bryan “Danger” Campbell. I’m just kidding about the danger part, but I truly do prefer to go by my middle name Spencer. So hello again, my name is Spencer Campbell and I am from the south suburbs of Chicago. I have lived there with my family my entire life. I have two older bro-bros, a younger sister, a momma and a papa. My family keeps me grounded, but they also make me crazy. Speaking of crazy, they think I am crazy for moving out to New Hampshire in the middle of the winter. It took some convincing but they understand the importance of community service and the valuable lessons and trainings I will most certainly gain from this experience. I recently graduated with an undergraduate degree in Environmental Management. I focused on how to persuade government and business leaders to adopt sustainability practices. I was basically training to become a lobbyist. In my final semester at college I took part in an internship program in Washington D.C. in order to gain some practical experience in the working world. I learned a tremendous amount about the way our government in run and how to weave within in it, but ultimately knew deep within my heart that this was not the field for me. Which brings me to Bear Brook today! I am excited to learn and work alongside my other SCA/Americorps members while we perform direct service for the Manchester, NH community. Thanks for reading!
Howdy! My name is Steven Adventura Gang, I am an avid outdoorsmen form Dayton, Ohio. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Wildlife Science. I first developed my love for the outdoors when I went to the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota. Here I learned to appreciate the joys of the backcountry wilderness. I returned to the Boundary Waters the following two summers which further established my love of the outdoors. Skipping ahead to post graduation, I went on a 13,000 mile, two month road trip and developed a solid understanding of the landscape we live on. A few months of living in Dayton made me antsy and ready to embark on another adventure. This brought me to my internship with the SCA New Hampshire here at Bear Brook. I was looking to find a way to share my respect of nature with others in hopes they could share my excitement of protecting the natural world. These next ten months will allow me to talk with others and help them open their eyes to the magnificent world around them.
Hey folks, I’m Tyler, one of the SCA Manchester CLC Leaders for this year. I grew up amongst the oak woodlands and redwood forests on the central coast of California. My second home was the Sierra Nevada mountain range, home to the majestic Sequoiadendron giganteum - the giant sequoia tree. It was here that I learned to love camping, backpacking, stargazing, campfire music, and nearly everything else that can be done outdoors. This is my second year with the SCA New Hampshire Corps, and I’m extremely excited to work with the students who take part in the high school program this year. Before serving with the SCA, I worked on recycling programs, taught an organic gardening class, and advised environmental groups at my alma mater, the University of California, Santa Cruz. In my free time I like to do yoga, play guitar, and explore the bounteous natural world of New Hampshire. My favorite trail tool is a pick mattock – you just can’t beat its multifunctional utility. I’ve been told that my spirit animal might be a golden retriever, but as of now, I’m still trying to make up my mind.
Hey y’all, name’s Zach. The Hoosier state is where I’ve been born and educated. Growing up in rural southern Indiana, I had many hours and many days to explore the woods by myself or with one of my eight siblings. As I got older, I began to enjoy huntin’ with my friends and family and all the mystery and excitement of the woods that came with it. In 2011, I graduated from Indiana University with a double major in psychology and sociology. After graduating, I worked in Boston for a year as a Historic Preservation Skills Development Intern through a partnership with the Student Conservation Association and the National Park Service. Now that I am in New Hampshire I am enjoying spending time tracking Bigfoot and embroidering.
Field Report by Steve Gang, Discover the Power of Parks Interpreter...Over the past three weeks the eight interpreters have been busy showing 12 different schools, 948 kids around Bear Brook State Park. These are the schools that the corps taught in from February to April. A typical field trip day begins at 10:00 with the school divided into four groups each with two interpreters. Once in the field the bug spray and sunscreen comes out and temporarily clears the area of bugs. Once the kids and adults have their protective shields on two groups head down to spruce pond while the other two begin a nature hike. Down by the pond one group heads to the vernal pool while the other goes to the beach. The group then learns what a macroinvertebrate is and how to catch it. While these groups are exploring the other two are going on short hikes around Bear Brook where they do activities and learn about the natural area as well as the human history with the CCC. After an hour all groups head back to the main lodge for lunch. During lunch the interpreter that taught at the school explains the process of recycling and composting what they don’t eat. After lunch the hiking and ponding groups switch places and have the chance to do the other activity. Around 1:00 the groups all rendezvous at the busses and circle up with their group to debrief the days activities. The kids then board the bus and wave to the interpreters as they drive away down the 3-mile driveway back to school.
Check out the attached document for contact information for NH Corps staff. Feel free to contact us anytime!
As the Program Director, Teresa is responsible for managing the “behind the scenes” aspects of SCA NH Corps. This includes providing support to staff and corps members, building partner relationships, managing program risk, and coordinating overall program development. While this may seem too “behind the computer” for some people, Teresa likes to describe it as the best “office job” ever! After all, the main office is in Bear Brook State Park and surrounded by the wonderful NH Corps community! Teresa moved to New Hampshire in January 2013 from Minnesota. She grew up in southwestern Illinois and lived/worked in St. Louis, Missouri for about 8 years. While her educational background is primarily in social work, she recently entered into the experiential education field and combined her interest of working with people and her love of the outdoors! Her experience includes working with diverse populations in afterschool programs, trail-building with the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, working in hospitals, volunteering with a youth circus, facilitating groups on challenge courses, instructing with Outward Bound, and working on an organic farm. Beyond having some pretty awesome work and volunteer experiences, Teresa also enjoys hiking, running, and canoeing with her family and friends during her “down” time.
During the winter months, Clare oversees the Education program, providing support and feedback for corps members as they plan and teach lessons in Manchester schools. When summer comes around and most corps members head out into the field, Clare works closely with the 6-8 SCA NH corps members serving as Interpretive Rangers in NH state parks. Clare was born and raised in the land of “you betcha,” hotdish, and 10,000 lakes. Any guesses?? Her education and experience is largely in the fields of biology, environmental education, and outdoor leadership. Clare is an alum of the SCA Adirondack corps program (‘02/’03), as well as a longtime crew leader with the SCA. Clare also worked as an environmental educator for three years at Deep Portage Learning Center in northern Minnesota (clue to where she was born). In addition to backpacking over beaver dams, Clare enjoys the adventure of meeting new people.
In his role as NH corps Conservation Manager Jeremy supports our conservation crews. From planning in the winter to training crews in the spring to support in the field throughout the season, Jeremy facilitates a safe, productive and meaningful conservation season. He grew up in a small farm town in central NY and has spent the last 16+ years working on trails and with youth and young adults throughout the woods of the northeast. Jeremy’s introduction to SCA was building trails in Alaska and has since worked for a number of different trails organization, state and federal agencies, non-profits and owned his own business building stone structures. He enjoys passing on long standing conservation work skills and completing meaningful projects in a crew setting while working and living in the woods of the north east.
As the Program Coordinator, Sue has the responsibility of coordinating all aspects of the program. Her duties include: managing the facilities, the kitchen, the program vehicles and community living. One of her main functions once the crew arrives is preparing meals and guiding the teams in the kitchen as they begin learning how to cook on their own. After graduating from Kent State University with a BS in Conservation, Sue served as a corps member with the SCA NH corps. Immediately after serving with the corps, Sue went on to serve as a team leader with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and then went on to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA with City Year Columbus. Since returning to SCA NH in 2008, Sue has served as both a Roving Crew Supervisor and Program Coordinator.
Darin is a SCA NH Corps alum (2011) and has wanted to come back to the area ever since. He was hired on to the NH Corps team in January to manage the four new leaders of SCA Manchester Community Leadership Corps (Manchester CLC). Darin has been with the SCA for quite a few years now, enjoying many of the different programs offered. These include trail crews in the Rocky Mountains of Idaho and Utah, a 6 month stint working on the Pacific Crest Trail in southern California, and a leader crew working on the North Country Trail. He has also lead high school students as a National High School Crew Leader in the gigantic Redwoods of California’s Pacific coast and as a Community Crew Leader with the Manchester CLC Program. In addition to his SCA experiences, Darin has also worked for Conservation Corps Iowa as a Field Specialist helping to train and support multiple young adult crews. If you were to ask Darin where he is from, he would point to the inside of his right hand on the outside knuckle of thumb. This represents the town of Port Huron Michigan, which also was the boyhood home to Thomas Edison. After attending four difficult colleges including the University of the Philippines Los Banos, Darin received his BS from Michigan State University in Natural Resource Management. Outside of conservation work, Darin enjoys perfecting his magic shows and writing fan articles for his favorite professional sports team – the Detroit Lions.
From January through April, 26 corps members teach environmental education to more than 1,000 fourth and fifth grade students in Manchester and Allenstown School Districts. Corps members work in teaching teams of 2-3 to develop a 10-week curriculum and service learning project that incorporates NH State Science Standards and aims to foster connections between the students and their natural world. The service learning project allows students to apply their knowledge, engage with peers and practice earth stewardship by giving back to their school community. The teaching teams also lead afterschool Earth Stewardship Club lessons with the 21st Century Program and Girls Inc., as well as mentor and serve as positive role models to students in the Salvation Army’s Kids Café program. The SCA NH corps Education Program provides invaluable experiences and learning for both the youth served and the corps members’ professional development.
From the slopes of Mt. Monadnock to the Great Woods of the North Country, 18-22 corps members work in the field from April through October restoring and preserving public lands.
Crews build new trails and maintain/repair existing trail networks. Repairing trails damaged by erosion not only cares for the land, but also makes them safe and more accessible to thousands of hikers each year. In addition, our teams engage in restoration and preservation of historical structures and often build visitor facilities such as pavilions and cabins.
SCA NH corps completes these essential conservation projects through partnerships with New Hampshire State Parks, federal land management agencies, town and county governments, land trusts, conservation commissions and other organizations.
|NH Corps Staff Contact Information|
|Teresa McNamee, Program Director|
|Clare Croteau, Education and Service Learning Manager|
|Jeremy Burns, Conservation Manager|
|Sue Minor, Program Coordinator|
|Darin Radatz, Manchester CLC Program Coordinator|
|Discover the Power of Parks Interpretive Ranger Program|
|SCA Manchester CLC|
|2013 NH Corps Member Bios|
|Adrienne - Education and Conservation Team|
|Alex - Education and Conservation Team|
|Andrew - Education and Interpretive Ranger Team|
|Caleb - Education and Interpretive Ranger Team|
|Charity Rose - Education and Conservation Team|
|Claire - Education and Conservation Team|
|Debbie - Education and Interpretive Ranger Team|
|Emily - Education and Interpretive Ranger Team|
|Emily - Education and Conservation Team|
|Eric - Education and Conservation Team|
|Evan - Education and Conservation Team|
|Grissobel - Education and Conservation Team|
|John - Education and Conservation Team|
|Julia - Manchester CLC Team|
|Kellie - Education and Conservation Team|
|Kelsey - Education and Interpretive Ranger Team|
|Kelson - Education and Conservation Team|
|Lan - Manchester CLC Team|
|Liz - Education and Conservation Team|
|Michael - Manchester CLC Team|
|Mike - Education and Conservation Team|
|Nicole - Education and Interpretive Ranger Team|
|Rachael - Education and Interpretive Ranger Team|
|Rachel - Education and Conservation Team|
|Rob - Education and Conservation Team|
|Spencer - Education and Conservation Team|
|Steve - Education and Interpretive Ranger Team|
|Tyler - Manchester CLC Team|
|Zach - Education and Conservation Team|
|NH Corps Highlighted in New Hampshire Union Leader|
|Interpreters Host Field Trips at Bear Brook!|