The mission of SCA NH is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of our environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the communities and land of New Hampshire through conservation service projects that enhance and protect natural areas and to provide environmental education to promote the understanding and stewardship of these natural areas. SCA New Hampshire (SCA NH) is one of SCA's oldest residential corp programs. The Interns are housed in historic cabins at Bear Brook State Park where they share the joys and struggles of rustic life while dedicating a year of their lives to performing direct service. These highly motivated 18-25 year olds enhance and protect the state’s natural areas as well as provide extensive environmental education. Benefits to corps members include a living allowance, health insurance, an AmeriCorps Education Award and the development of their own leadership and team-building skills. The overall experience develops a strong ethic of active citizenship and practical conservation techniques. Projects served by the SCA NH corps touch the lives of tens of thousands of people. Since its incepting SCA NH has been partnered with the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation and Volunteer NH (AmeriCorps). Over the years the partnerships have expanded throughout the state to include the White Mountain National Forest, St. Gaudens Historic National Park, conservation commissions, and more. Corps Members spend much of the winter months providing environmental education and service learning programs to elementary and middle school students in Manchester, NH as well as several community nonprofits. During the summer, the members are engaged in conservation service in the form of trail construction and maintenance, campground rehabilitation and historic preservation as well as further environmental education through the NH Park Interpretive program, Discover the Power of the Parks.
contact the SCA NH corps office at six-zero-three -485-2191
or email: Teresa McNamee
TMcNamee "at" thesca "dot" org
Hello Partners in Conservation,
It's not too late to get a crew from SCA NH corps to work on your priority projects this summer and fall. For that matter, it's not too early to finalize the plans for that project either.
Of course the SCA is known all over the country for it's "Trail Crews" and that is certainly a significant core of our land work but there is so much more to conservation work. We place educator interpreters in the parks, we teach hands-on environmental programs in the schools and communities. Our crews restore habitat, remove invasives, collect field data, restore structures, support volunteer events and so much more...but, if it's trails you want this article might give you a taste for why an SCA crew is perfect for the job:
Enjoy and see the attachments for our crew schedule for this year (or to make plans for the next.)
See you out there,
Andrea will point to Melrose, Minnesota as to where she began walking on a gravel path back before she can remember. On this path she developed her love for art, music, reading, nature photography,
drawing, antiquing, and music. After growing up on a unique farm,
Andrea set her sights on a road that is heavily traveled. She
graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities studying Global Studies and Environmental Science. She aspires to some day work with nonprofits and/or environmental education programs. Andrea will always be up for canoeing, hiking, and trail running. Andrea's perfect day would be spent in a canoe with her dog Ryly and five nephews.
Andrea is absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to work on the
East coast. Her previous internship with the SCA on the Pacific Crest Trail was an experience she will never, EVER forget. For being on that trail has given her a fever.... and the only way to cure that fever is more trails, more conservation, and more traveling! She's excited to test the waters of Interpretation after education season as well.
Ever so far as her feet can take her, she anticipates this to be
another opportunity to gain perspective and learn about the world
around her. New Hampshire appears to be where her path has led her
for the next ten months, and there's no telling where it will go.
Wood stoves are fired up; kitchen aromas fill the dining hall; the office is buzzing with activity; and the great outdoors around us in Bear Brook State Park is alive with winter activity: the NH corps has arrived!!!
After a week of orientation and now in the midst of education and service learning preparations the corps is excitedly getting ready for our 18 year in NH. Once again we'll be teaching environmental education in the Manchester schools, leading High School participants in conservation projects, and demonstrating to NH and its visitors the wonder of the outdoor world that we share.
Here's to 2012!!!
Here is mine. Apologies; I am verbose.
Howdy! I grew up amongst the oak trees on the central coast of
California, lucky enough to see the stars at night and acres of
farmland across the street during the day. My second home was the
Sierra Nevada mountain range, the location of my family’s cabin and
residence of the majestic Sequoiadendron giganteum - the giant sequoia tree. It was here that I gained an affinity for all-day hikes, campfire music, daydreaming and stargazing. In fact, those giant sequoias so thoroughly captured my imagination that when it came time to head off to college, I traveled to the homeland of their cousin, Sequoia sempervirens – the redwood forests of northern California.
At UC Santa Cruz I majored in Environmental Studies, and during this
time I became increasingly interested in the intersections of ecology, social justice, and community development. During my time as a student I spent time as coordinator for the Students for Organic Solutions campaign and later held the role of Co-Chair for the UCSC Student Environmental Center. I also devoted some time to regional advocacy groups such as the California Student Sustainability Coalition and the Real Food Challenge, and even had the opportunity to be the first student instructor for an organic gardening course on campus.
Since graduating in 2010 I’ve spent time working as an advisor for
student projects at UCSC and also contributing to recycling programs
for the non-profit group Ecology Action. I’m extremely excited to now
be a part of the SCA New Hampshire crew and gain some exposure to a
whole new world of people, plants, animals, and, of course, trail
Stamati Anagnostou drove way out west in a truck named Constance, where he lived beneath vermilion cliffs. He continued on until he could go no farther, whereupon he bathed his tired flesh in the chilly Pacific. His clean mind watched an eagle soar from a cliff in the mist and he didn't stop smiling for a week.
My name is Scott Baumwald and I recently graduated from the University
of Georgia with a B.S in Forestry and Natural Resources. I have been
happy to call Athens, Georgia my home for the past 22 years but even
happier to begin exploring the world and everything it has to offer.
My love for nature was fostered by my father's willingness to take me
traveling internationally since a young age. Being a steward of the
Earth's natural resources is not a selfless act for me; rather, it is
a selfish indulgence.
Hello my name is Sarah O'Shea and at 22 years of age I am out
exploring the world! With a B.S. in Conservation and Wildlife, earned
from Delaware Valley College in PA. The outside world calls to me and
immediately was drawn to the SCA. This is my second position for the
organization, this past summer I worked at Constitution Marsh Audubon
Center located in the Hudson Valley of New York. I taught kids and
adults of all ages about Marsh Ecology and the Hudson River. I fell in
love with the SCA and new that this is how I wanted to enrich my life
and the life of others. My mission is To Conserve Peace through
stewardship, learning, teaching and a contagious character
Hi all! My name is Sarah and I’m on a quest to save the world. Well, not really, but I would love to help kids and their families become as enchanted as I am with woods of New England. I have a background in Sociology, Science Technology and Society, Environmental Studies, digging holes and eating vegetables.
Michael Bush, a New Hampshire native, was finishing up his bachelor's degree in Bioengineering when he heard a friend of his was doing a 6 month program in Alaska with the Student Conservation Association. Unsure of where his studies were taking him and wanting a break from the academia of engineering and entrepreneurship, Michael already had a whole slew of projects planned and added the SCA to his list.
After graduating first in his class, biking across the country, and spending three months with an organic farm/Jewish retreat center in CT, he is pleasantly surprised to be back home in the beautiful lands of his upbringing embarking on a new journey of conservation and environmental education. In his time here, he hopes to make new friends, impact many lives, go on many adventures, learn to climb, reacquaint himself with his home state, and plan his next steps, all the while slowing down and cultivating an appreciation for things as they are.
My name is Melissa Graciosa and I was forged in the fertile floodplain
of the Willamette Valley of Oregon. I recently graduated from the
University of Oregon with a bachelors of science in Environmental
Science. Through a combination of experience in environmental
education connecting middle school students with their local forests
and trekking through the black bear speckled slopes of Olympic
National Park in Washington participating in a wildlife monitoring
project I have been led to serve with the SCA NH Corps and Americorps.
In my quest to share my enthusiasm for the outdoors with the youth of
New Hampshire I also hope to gain valuable service skills during our
My name is Max. My love affair with the outdoors started when I was nine years old. My father decided that he was going to take our family on a road trip from Oberlin, OH to Seattle, WA. We stayed at a bunch of Provincial and National Parks. I can still remember looking out across numerous landscapes and feeling a sense of fascination and wonderment. I studied geology at Oberlin College and during my senior year I didn't know what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I'm hoping that interning with the SCA NH Corps serves as a springboard for all of my future endeavors.
Hello All! My name is Maddy Hunt and I am an Environmental Educator/Interpretive Ranger for the SCA New Hampshire Corps 2012! Last summer I worked as an SCA Intern in the Environmental Education Department at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. I taught kids of all ages about desert plants, animals, and of course, the cave! I am so excited to have the opportunity to teach kids about the forests and granite bedrock here in New Hampshire. There is so much to do and explore in this beautiful state and I feel honored to be given the opportunity to teach others about what this state has to offer the nature enthusiast.
I graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a degree in Sociology and minors in Environmental Studies and Philosophy. I worked for the Adirondack Mountain Club as a Summer Naturalist in Summer 2008, and it was there that I found my calling. I love taking visitors, school groups, and friends on hikes to explore the natural world and expand our understanding of how it all works! I look forward to teaching in the classroom for the first 4 months, and then moving to the state parks in the summer as a Park Ranger.
As a New England Native it is awesome to be back on the East Coast as an Environmental Educator. Its going to be a great year!
Lucy Herleth graduated from Saint Louis University in December with a
Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies degree. While studying
environmental issues in college, she explored the sciences and
outdoors through service and travel. She joined the Ohio Wesleyan
University environmental club, traveled to Nicaragua to encounter
sustainable agriculture, worked at the Missouri Botanical Garden, and
was a part of ACE, a corps in Arizona. Her favorite job was serving as a gallery interpreter at the Saint Louis Science Center where during the past year she demonstrated geological forces and discussed
dinosaurs. Lucy discovered her love of imparting scientific
information to children and her favorite dinosaur (a
Lucy is excited to work with SCA for the first time. Not only does
she get to work with such a unique group of people, but she gets the
opportunity to work in education and outdoor corps work. She is
especially thrilled to lead grade school field trips, get trained in
chainsaw use, and camp for the majority of the summer!
My name is Jonathan Rager. I graduated in 2009 from Indiana University
of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in History, and prior to that an A.S. in
Teacher Education from Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. I
have been diligently engaged in internships in Charleston, SC at Fort
Sumter National Monument, and the Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains
National Park. Through the course of these internships, I have learned the
correlation between history, and the environment. With this enthusiasm,
I pursued an internship with the SCA NH Corps.
Learning many things from Coach Mike from GRSM NP, I carried on my experience and delved more into environmental issues with a positive attitude, and an ability to interpret historical as well as environmental concepts. I come from a small
town in western central Pennsylvania, and I hold my heritage dearly.
The message of environmental and historical stewardship must be
carried on throughout too, but is not limited to the United States. I
hope to accomplish this mission with a strong sense of positive
energy, attention to detail, and a sense of humor that touches each and
A recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Katie decided to put off eight more years of paper writing for a PhD in Art History to live in the woods and go hiking.
She is excited and humbled to be working and living in beautiful Bear Brook for the next ten months, and to dedicate her time and energies to service in the SCA.
My name is Kevin Webster, and I was born and raised in the beautiful, great state of North Carolina. SCA recruited me this year to work with the SCA Manchester High School Program. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education from Appalachian State University located in Boone. I am a licensed high school educator in the state of North Carolina and Wisconsin. I developed an immense appreciation for the woods and wilderness after living and studying in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I have worked with youth of all ages in conventional classroom and outdoor settings, and I have been working in the educational non-profit sector in Milwaukee, WI for the past two years.
I am excited to work with high school students this year and impart on them the phenomenal curriculum established by the SCA and previous Manchester High School Program members. I have big shoes to fill and I look forward to the challenge. It is my firm belief that fostering a relationship with the environment through hard, taxing work can be a therapeutic experience to help us achieve our personal goals. I am excited that I will be doing this through conservation and direct service. The next ten months will be the most exciting ten months of my life.
My name is Chris Olsen, at least that’s the name I have to go by when
I apply for library cards and driver’s licenses. Born, named, and
raised in Rancho Cucamonga, California (a suburb of Los Angeles) my
journey began there. After studying ceramics and natural form for a
period I began to pursue an increasing interest in backpacking and
exploring the non-human realm. This path led me to study briefly at
The Evergreen State College where my interest in studying the
environment and biology conflicted with my interest in not accruing
debt. I plan on resuming my studies at the conclusion of my time here
at Bear Brook.
While seeking employment in Washington State I discovered the
Washington Conservation Corps where I served on several salmon habitat restoration crews and also worked trails in Mt. Rainier National Park. My obsession with trail work continued, driving me to lead two National High School crews, one in Washington State and one in Pennsylvania; and work as a trails crew member on a Leader Crew in the Desolation Wilderness in Eldorado National Forest with SCA during the summer of 2011.
After accepting the Environmental Ed/Conservation position, I was
offered the SCA Manchester High School position which I accepted in
the hopes of helping to inspire and set an example of community
involvement and environmental stewardship and understanding that I
felt was sorely lacking in my own High School experience.
I grew up in a Southern California desert, 60 miles east of Los
Angeles. Despite growing up in a rather large city ironically named
Riverside, when there was not uncommonly fires burning in empty
canals, I grew to love the hot desolate outdoors. My infatuation with
nature dates back to my days as a young girl scout. I went camping
with my family and troop at least three times a year, and the cool
thing about the area I grew up in was that you could "get away" in
relatively short amounts of time. I played in the fluffy snow in the
Sierra Nevadas, swam in mountain lakes, camped out on beaches with
sandy cliffs, and camped in deserts near awkwardly shaped Joshua
trees. All of these experiences led me to believe I was going to one
day work outdoors and hopefully help others to learn to love the
My first dream of being a marine biologist was drowned when I realized
I am a little too paranoid about sharks to want to swim in the ocean
every day. After this conclusion I turned my thoughts towards a
general Biology degree and started to attend Purdue University to
escape the hustle and bustle of Southern California city life. I
really enjoyed Purdue, but every time I visited home for break I was
reminded how much I enjoyed mountains and really missed being close to
them. Upon graduation I had a revelation: now I have a degree to help
me make a career out of this love!
I worked as a Girls Scouts camp counselor for 3 summers working along
side children letting them shape me while doing my best to be a role
model myself. The SCA provided me an opportunity earlier this year to
work in Canyonlands National Park as a Park Guide Intern. I worked
along side rangers in running the visitor center, roving trails, and
creating programs for visitors. I now am looking forward to one day
working as a NPS ranger. This current SCA program will let me work
with children in a more formal setting and hopefully provide an escape
into wonder. I want to be able to inspire kids in a way that I was
when I was younger and to let them expand their wonder in the natural
Justin Warner grew up in Plymouth County Massachusetts, where he first developed an appreciation for nature building treeforts and exploring the forests in his neighborhood. In high school, he took up cross country running, and soon knew every root along every trail within 7 miles of his house. After he graduated from Oberlin College in 2011 with a degree in History, he joined the Southwest Conservation Corps in Salida Colorado, where he worked on a variety of conservation projects in the San Luis Valley and Sangre de Cristo Mountains. He comes to the SCA eager to expand his knowledge of conservation and education. In his off time, Justin enjoys strumming a guitar and playing chess.
Hello there! My fondness for the outdoors started as I explored the
tide pools of Long Sands Beach in York Maine. As a child I was subject to a very diverse landscape, which allowed me to explore many
different types of what I now call ecosystems. My interest grew as I
did and never left my mind as a possible career path. This idea sent
me to the University of Maine Orono where I graduated in December 2010 with a B.S. in Environmental Sciences.
I joined the SCA to put my knowledge and hard work ethic to a great cause. The New Hampshire crew provides me with a new sense of
community, support, and growth outside the normal career path taken by so many. I look forward to everything this program has to offer me and I plan to use what I learn here to better myself and the outside