“I thought such an expanse of ﬂatness would be about as stimulating as a parking lot, but instead some part of my brain that remembers itself to be a savannah ape was switched on. The slope of the land and color of grass stood out in my mind like a living Van Gogh painting. It was one of the most beautiful and alien spaces I have ever encountered.”...Read more
This year all 50 State Governors and President Obama proclaimed June 2015 as Great Outdoors Month. To celebrate this proclamation 12 state Governors and the President hosted Capital Campouts. The Capital Campout was started to engaged youth in urban areas to the outdoors. A few of the campouts goals were, to reach you with little exposure to their outdoor legacy, let governors demonstrate their support for parks, highlight easy access to healthy outdoor fun, and increase visitation to our state parks.
Try to imagine a place where all of the plants look exactly the same; where there was once a beautiful, unique environment that was thriving with a multitude of diverse plant species. An environment that has undergone this change is the Cowles Bog at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. What was once considered a living laboratory is now completely overgrown by a species of invasive cattail. My teammates and I on the Indiana Dunes Wetland Restoration Corps are committed to the removal of these invasive cattails, as well as raising native plants in on-site greenhouses, in order to...Read more
Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Martin County gathered at Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge with Sarika Khanwilkar for a marine debris beach clean-up.
All of us live on Earth, but nowadays the natural world is hard to find. Most of us spend the day surrounded by asphalt roads, cement sidewalks, landscaped yards and business fronts, artificial lighting, and traﬃc noise; a constructed reality.
Hobe Sound National Wildlife...Read more
ABOVE: Kahmia at Gateway National Recreation Area’s NYC Pride table.
Centennial Volunteer Ambassador Proud Moment #1:
I brought Gateway National Recreation Area to NYC Pride!!!
The idea first sparked in my head last year while interning in Washington, DC for National Capital Parks- East at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site. It was the beginning of June, the beginning of Pride month and rainbows were everywhere including atop DC Police cars. I walked through the line of vendors, watched as the parade went by and...Read more
A field dispatch from SCA member Elizabeth Braatz, currently serving as a Career Discovery Internship Program intern for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
I have never identified ducks before. Nor have I ever driven a UTV (Utility Task Vehicle), searched for Karner blue butterﬂies, or sloshed through wetlands in knee-high boots with a clipboard. Yet in the first few weeks of my SCA internship at beautiful St. Croix Wetland Preserve, I got to do all of these things, as well as meet awesome...Read more
ABOVE: Blue 54, a 9-year-old male, after receiving his new GPS collar. (NPS photo by Katie Rodriguez)
The Dogwoods have bloomed and the Sierra’s snow caps are melting, which can only mean one thing in Yosemite National Park – summer! Waking up to the rumbling sound of Yosemite falls each morning is becoming routine. It’s hard to believe that I have been living here for almost three months now!
NOTE: Read Dakota’s 5 Tips for Safe Camping in Black Bear...Read more
This is PART 2 of our Q & A with SCA alum Lian Law. CLICK HERE FOR PART 1.
Working 5 days a week in an iconic park like Joshua Tree, after a while, does it just start to feel like any other place?
Sometimes after I’ve spent my week in the oﬃce without much field time, it can start to feel like any other job. That’s the point I know I’m getting too complacent. All I have to do is head outside into the park to remind myself how fortunate I am to work in...Read more