BEACH LAKE — Anya Shaunessy, 2015 graduate from Bucknell University, will help prepare Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River for the National Park Service’s 100 anniversary in 2016. She is one of 70 energetic, young Centennial Volunteer Ambassador interns recently selected to spend the next year connecting local communities to National Parks through volunteer opportunities, starting with the park service’s National Public Lands Day event on Sept. 26.
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Valley Forge National Historical Park’s Centennial Volunteer Ambassador Cristina Ramirez shares her story. Where and when did you find your park? Haven’t found yours yet? Come discover Valley Forge!...Read more
“What battle was fought here?” It’s a question that a lot of the rangers get here at Valley Forge National Historical Park. I’ve never been asked, since as a Centennial Volunteer Ambassador I play a more behind-the-scenes role working with the volunteer coordinator and our Volunteers-In-Parks (VIPs). But I was given the opportunity to attend training sessions for the new seasonal rangers, where I learned all about the historical buildings, monuments, and natural resources of Valley Forge. I also learned the answer to that frequently repeated question.
As it turns out, no...Read more
Come celebrate Earth Day with SCA and the National Park Service through a day of service at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Volunteers will pitch in to help with the annual waterfront clean-up along Darby Creek.
WHEN: Saturday, April 18th, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Visitor Center, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19153.
WHAT: Removing trash and debris as part of the annual waterfront clean-up along Darby Creek.
Growing up in Houston, Stacey Kinney says she only saw ducks on oﬃce park ponds. Now, here she was at Coldwater River National Wildlife Refuge in Lambert, Mississippi, netting and banding them by the dozen.
“Getting one of those little silver bands on is not easy,” Stacey declares. “The ducks start ﬂapping like mad and don’t even listen when you tell them to calm down!”
A university senior majoring in conservation, Stacey recently completed a three-month term in the Career Discovery Internship Program (CDIP). Offered jointly by SCA and the US Fish...Read more
This video is SCA Member Mary Nghe’s capstone project for the Fish & Wildlife Service’s CDIP (Career Discovery Internship Program) at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.
Mary’s roles at Heinz ranged from biological research to visitor services, but the pharmacy major wasn’t sure how they’d fit into her own career plans until discussing it with her supervisor, deputy refuge manager and SCA alumna Mariana Bergeson. “Mariana recommended Nature Rx. It’s a program where doctors prescribe time outdoors to their patients,” says Mary,who is now exploring the...Read more
At the beginning of a work week that promised hot, steamy days, five high school students put on bug repellent, yellow hard hats, gardening gloves, and work boots before Monday’s shift at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum.
Join SCA for a service event at West Mill Creek Recreation Center in Philadelphia, PA, to honor the MLK National Day of Service.
When: Monday, January 20th, 9:30am to 2:30pm
Where: West Mill Creek Recreation Center Grounds and Facilities (5101 Reno St, Philadelphia, PA 19139)
What: Gardening, painting, and general maintenance around the center
When the organizers behind the West’s wildest music festival brought over 2000 conservation thought leaders to Austin, Texas this month for the 2nd annual SXSW Eco conference, SCA was there!
The event invited attendees to come ready to discuss their best ideas for taking on the world’s greatest environmental challenges. SCA’s own Miriam Parson heeded that call with a rousing presentation on SCA’s Green Cities Program, which brings together businesses, neighborhoods, local governments, and young sustainability professionals to build strong, sustainable...Read more
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 wolves?”