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
I am a twenty year old from the Bay Area in California. I’m participating in the New Hampshire corps during a break from attending college at UC Santa Cruz. Although I have performed conservation service before, most recently in a YCC crew at Point Reyes in 2007, this will be my longest engagement. I was drawn to Bear Brook by the combination of close-knit community living and outdoor conservation work
I am from San Francisco and in college studied Anthropology and Comparative Literature. I am particularly interested in the social aspects of outreach and conservation, such as how we can inspire drive in people of a variety of age groups and backgrounds. I also just love being outdoors and think it is essential to well-being.
I am from Illinois and graduated from Eastern Illinois University. I have my degree in Career and Technical Education with an emphasis in Family and Consumer Sciences. With my love of outdoors and previous educational background, I look forward to the experiences the Manchester High School programs will offer.
I am from RI and this is my second SCA internship experience. I am a recent college grad and am excited to use this time with SCA NH corps to learn as much as I can about conservation and spread that knowledge to others. Prior to coming to work with SCA NH, I’ve worked as an interpreter at a Dinosaur Quarry and Aquarium and held various odd jobs as a receptionist, cleaning hotel rooms, IT solution centers, etc… My degree is a B.A. in Geology.
Cody Ender 
Hi, my name is Cody. I am a recent college graduate who, like many other college grads, didn’t know what I wanted to do after school. I had a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology but was interested in sustainability and environmental education. I did some research and found this program with the SCA that would give me a chance to explore my interests, work experience, and a great adventure. Here’s to a great ten months!
My name is Jordan Sawyer. I’m a 22 year old from Texas working toward a degree in Conservation Biology. For me, SCA NH corps is the perfect opportunity to see if an environmental career is right for me. Also, I know living in the New England woodlands for ten and a half months will be an unforgettable adventure in and of itself.
Darin Radatz has been with the SCA for quite a few years now, where he has enjoyed many of the different programs offered. These include trail crews in the Rocky Mountains of Idaho and Utah to a 6 month stint working on the Pacific Crest Trail. In addition, he has led a high school crew for a month in the gigantic Redwoods of California’s Pacific coast. That was followed up by joining a leadership crew working on the North Country Trail in the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania
Before SCA life, Darin was a student studying Natural Resource Management at many different universities. He has an Associate’s Degree from St. Clair County Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University. Furthermore, he also spent a year studying in Southeast Asia at the University of the Philippines Los Baños.
Being involved with nature has always been a part of his life, which first started through his parents’ influences. Then from joining Boy Scouts, EarthKeepers, and other environmental groups, his love for nature grew. He ultimately plans on using his education and work experiences toward working in on the administration level for either the Forest or Park Service.
I’m a “girly girl” from Gardner, MA who loves the outdoors and has a passion for conservation. I graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor’s in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation in May 2010. My hope is to become an interpretive park ranger so I can help the public both conserve and enjoy our environment.
My name is Casey Simpson. I am twenty-two years old and from Springfield, Ohio. In college, I studied History and Government and worked at a local public radio station. I wasn’t ready to go right into grad school, so after graduation I served for the Montana Conservation Corps. When the program was coming to a close, I knew that I wanted to serve a second term, so I applied to join the SCA NH corps. I am very excited about serving here in New Hampshire.
I graduated from Tufts University in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, and since have worked as an outdoor education organizer for the youth climate movement. I joined the New Hampshire corps to teach young people about the world and help build a culture of respect for our earth and the resources it provides. I believe that the youth are the best hope for our planet’s future and am excited to share my passion for the outdoors with them.
This is my second year-long internship with SCA, and I am again enjoying the opportunity to travel and experience living in another part of the country. I graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Interpersonal Communication and Psychology, but have always felt passionately about positive, constructive human involvement in environmental issues. This program will give me the opportunity to grow personally and professionally, and I look forward to seeing where the next year will take me.
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By Stephanie Dax
Week of January 31 from an EE folk
For those of us here at Bear Brook involved with the environmental education teams this week was our first week of real teaching in Manchester elementary schools and after school programs. It was also the week of the snow storm that crushed the Midwest to New England in snow and ice. Thus we had quite the snow day here in the old woods. Hours of shoveling, plowing, snow fights, and warming of clothes with lesson planning and rearranging thrown in between. Post snow cancellations, I can say from my own experience that teaching in the schools was exhilarating. My team was assigned to two schools and a 4H after school program. Meeting the hundred plus kids and hearing their questions and their stories about their own environmental really got me excited to return this second week. Personally, it is really comforting to be working with kids again and getting to imagine and learn with them. Great first week of snow and schools.
Farm and Forest
A few of us Bear Brookers went to the New Hampshire Farm and Forest Expo two weekends ago, 5 February 2011 for those who are reading past this weekend, and I must say we quite enjoyed ourselves. The first booth that we stumbled upon was a group of maple syrup gatherers and tappers who graciously offered us maple milk and syrup samples. Both of which were delicious. Following those treats we traveled from booth to booth collecting information from all directions. Of personal notable interest were the chestnut tree planters and savers who told us of the great nationwide effort to bring back and save the mighty American Chestnut Tree – acf.org. The Heifer Project represented s by presenting information on of their non-profit work with families around the world and their global village project in Worchester, MA –heifer.org—they also handed out some pretty cool little pins. Also of excitement, in the midst of our wandering we found a Bear Brook alum from the first year of SCA New Hampshire’s stint in Bear Brook! After talking to her for sometime we found ourselves eating 4H ice cream and getting magic tips from a young 4H clucker (chicken raiser). All and all it was an educational experience filled with wonderful pamphlets and conversations.
Week of February 7 from an EE folk
Although the week began with a sad start for any of those from Pittsburgh from thereon no complaints. There were no snow days and thus no odd rearrangements of in-school education schedules, the weather was lovely—with days above freezing, valentines day rounded the last bend and Bear Brooks secret cupid brought good feelings, secret notes, tons of new and crazy visitors, and lots of dumpster retrieved candy. The fourth grade education folks moved on to teaching lesson two—descriptive and comparative questions—and the high school leaders hit up a beekeeping meeting and presented at the Boys and Girls Club in Manchester. While those in 4H Gone Wild in the Garden at Bakersville taught their first lesson on what a plant needs to survive with a sweet dice game and some hands on planting. I must say a good week, they only thing that could have made it better would have been a pizza party. Perhaps next week.
Week of February 14 from an EE folk
Here I am once again writing the weekly update for you SCA website readers. February 14, Valentine’s day, Monday, flashback to middle school dances for all of us Bear Brookers. The SCA NH Wellness Team put together a splendid V-Day celebration with candy, photo booths, paper flowers, and a love themed coffee house—which ended in a Brown Eyed Girl sing-a-long and good feeling. Following all the love the fourth grade educators entered into week three of teaching—investigative observation—and returned from school with many exciting stories and tales. One such one is of a student excitedly realizing that “by reusing we cut back on garbage!” Another such one is of a student asking if Pterodactyls are more closely related to flamingoes or peacocks. While the high school team decided on the name Dr. Elsoch, gave several lunch room chats in high school cafeterias, and hosted their first high school event at Bear Brook State Park—a complete triumph of fun. And in the midst of all of that a second Cat themed coffee house emerged with meowing achievements. And that was our week of love and cats.
Contra Dancing – 19 February 2011
What I forgot to add to the February 14 Week was Saturday’s diner day and contra dancing. It seems, coincidentally, that eighty percent of the Bears here went to a diner in Manchester at some point in time on Saturday. A good handful hit up the Red Arrow diner, while a dollop of us went to Shirley D’s. Both get grand reviews. And following all the dinering, many of us Bears also went Contra dancing in Concord—another grand time from all accounts: much swinging and foot stomping involved, the sweatiest any of us have been this winter, and a sing-a-long of Raindrops Are Falling on My Head. I highly recommend taking up the hobby no matter where you live.
The SCA New Hampshire corps has begun 2011 with its usual cadre of icy delights. You can't come to NH in January and not expect to become acquainted with the cold in some form or other ("Live, Freeze, and Die" some say...or did I get that wrong?) Well, this year is no different. Not only have we gotten some phenomenal snow to dig out from, and are in the middle of another winter-wonder-bluster, but our very first service project of the year involved frozen treats.
Let's explain a little. The SCA NH corps is a 10 month Americorps program living and working out of the heart of Bear Brook State Park from January through October. This time of year we nearly bore everyone with all the stories of playing in the snow, getting acquainted with the woodstoves that keep our cabins warm, and shoveling out our cars. On January 7th this new corps was Sworn-In at City Hall in Manchester. We heard opening remarks from the Mayor and Superintendent of Schools; followed up by Manchester's conservation commissioner adding words about the importance of being stewards for our environment and communities; a letter of support was read from Senator Shaheen's office; and our own Dale Penny energized and inspired the new crew with thanks for their dedication and sacrifice. It should be noted too that this week had been book-ended by Dale after Liz Titus-Putnam had come to Bear Brook at the beginning of the week to greet the crew. After these warming speeches the corps came to the front of the hall and were Sworn In. Now how is this related to the frozen theme you might ask? The crew, and Dale, went immediately from the ceremony over to the New Hampshire Food Bank warehouse and did the first of too-many-to-count service projects. In just two hours the team sorted through over 13,600 pounds of frozen meet. That's over 200 .lbs/person/hour. All in a days work for this crew.
Stay tuned for more stories from the snow north as we dig-in and dig-out with the Manchester Community and the great state of New Hampshire.
Two weeks of hiking, digging, and planting by the SCA’s Manchester CLC have produced three new tent pads and have rehabilitated damaged areas around the Blue Brook Shelter and Campground in the Wild River Wilderness of the
Imagine the very first time you climbed a mountain, wandered into a forest, or sat by the shores of a pristine lake. Maybe the experience was adventurous, peaceful or awe inspiring. Many New Hampshire residents may have to reach far back to recall these memories, however many visitors to New Hampshire’s State Parks are doing these things for the very first time.
That is where the New Hampshire Conservation Corps steps forward: for the third year the NHCC has teamed up with New Hampshire State Parks and Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) to provide the 2009 Discover the Power of Parks Program.
The forecast called for showers and intermittent thunder storms with the possibility of a few sunspots throughout the week. A group of six SCA NHCC members armed with rock bars, shovels, buckets, hazel hoes and lots of rain gear, loaded up a very full van and headed north to the
Here at Bear Brook State Park the New Hampshire Conservation Corps is very fortunate to live in an old camp facility built in the earlier part of the last century. There is a great big lodge with a kitchen and modern shower and bathhouse. There’s an office building and many cabins. In the winter time the AmeriCorps members, literally, bunk-up in larger wood heated cabins. When the weather warms up a bit everyone can enjoy a little more “elbow room” by spreading out into the smaller rustic cabins. Unfortunately, these cabins have not had regular upkeep in many years. This year, with help of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and State Park support, we have been able to start giving these little cabins some much needed TLC.
A crew of SCA’s Manchester CLC members trekked into the backcountry of