My name is Gabriel Hobson. I grew up on a small family farm near Pittsboro, North Carolina. I am the third of four boys. I graduated high school at the age of 16 and was the valedictorian of my class. I attended Alamance Community College from which a transferred to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC I double majored in environmental studies and biology, graduating in August 2011 with a bachelor of arts. I enjoy cooking, gardening, photography, fishing, hiking, camping, and many other outdoor activities. I am aspiring to build a career in the conservation field because I love natural places and want nothing more than to help preserve and restore pristine wild places.
Nestled in the foothills of the Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains lies Lake Lanier, one of America’s favorite lakes.
Over 7.5 million people a year choose to visit Lanier. With over 692 miles of shoreline, the lake is well known for its aqua-blue colored water, spectacular scenery and variety of recreational activities.
Constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950’s, Lake Lanier is a multi-purpose lake that provides for flood protection, power production, water supply, navigation, recreation and fish and wildlife management.
Lake Lanier is one of 464 lakes in 43 states constructed and operated by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. It has won the best operated lake of the year award in 1990, 1997 and 2002.
Carters Lake embraces a spectacular tract of foothills scenery in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. Its sparkling waters and rugged shoreline provide a beautiful surrounding for a variety of recreational opportunities which include camping, fishing, picnicking, boating, mountain biking and hunting.
Carters Lake has 3200 surface acres
Carters Lake is more than 450 feet deep
Carters Dam is the tallest earthen dam east of Mississippi river
Carters Lake shoreline has no private docks or development along 62 miles of natural shoreline
The lake is named after Farrish Carter who owned property nearby in the 1800's
Located only 30 miles from Atlanta, Georgia, Allatoona Lake is situated on the Etowah River, a tributary of the Coosa River. The serene lake and peaceful surroundings offer a respite from the rush of city living.
Allatoona Lake is one of the most frequently visited Corps of Engineers lakes in the nation. Nearly 7 million visitors each year enjoy picnicking and swimming at our parks, camping, hunting, fishing, boating, and observing wildlife along the beautiful shoreline.
Allatoona Dam impounds run-off water from 1,110 square miles into the Lake. For an unequalled view of the dam, we recommend a visit to the Operations Project Management Office and Visitor Center which is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM except holidays. The Visitor Center features video exhibits and displays about the area's history, ranging from the time of early Indians to the gold mining and iron making days, from the Civil War up to the present. Also, to learn how the lake is harnessed for power, be sure to see the animated cutaway drawing of the dam in the Visitor Center at the Operations Project Management Office.
Growing up in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania, I spent the majority of my youth outside. I believe my interest in the environment and the outdoors stems from my childhood experiences of exploring the woods, camping and fishing with my family, and spending summer days outside from morning until night. When I got to college, I decided to major in English because writing has always been a passion of mine. However, after my first three semesters I realized I wanted to learn more about the natural world and work towards a job where I could spend most of my time outside. I transferred to Penn State University in the middle of my sophomore year and changed my major to Environmental Studies. It was an awesome program with a great variety of courses, field trips, and projects that taught me a lot about several aspects of the environmental field.
Upon graduation last summer, I was chosen for another SCA internship with the National Park Service at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. I lived for three months in the Black Hills of South Dakota this past fall, working in the Resource Management office at the park. I did a lot of backcountry hiking and was able to be a part of preparing for a prescribed burn with wilderness firefighters in the area. It was an eye opening experience as well as a lot of fun to work in such a prominent national park and American icon. When I got back to Pennsylvania, I landed a seasonal job for the spring working at an outdoor center, where I currently teach environmental education classes and outdoor activities to school groups.
I would like to gain more hands on experience in the field of conservation so that I can find my niche. I love traveling and seeing different parts of the country, meeting new people, and learning new skills. I’m excited to see what the future holds.
Upon graduation from high school I was admitted to the Richard Stockton College of NJ. Being unsure of what direction to take with regard to my studies, I immersed myself in a wide variety of classes. Upon taking my first Introductory Political Science class, I knew that I had stumbled upon something I could sink my teeth into. At the end of that semester I decided to declare a major in Political Science. The following semester I was introduced to the challenges surrounding environmental policy, energy, and sustainable development. This very quickly became an area of special interest and over the next few years I took as many classes pertaining to environmental issues as my degree would allow. I began to work with my academic advisor on extracurricular projects building towers and recording wind data for small scale wind turbines for various sites across southern New Jersey. Additionally, I became a skilled backpacker and undertook a Wilderness Survival Skills course to develop my backcountry knowledge further. I was also able to spend several weeks in Yellowstone National Park over During Summer 2010 meeting with park officials and locals alike to discuss the challenges of managing natural resources. In my studies and extracurricular opportunities I found a deep seeded love for the environment and a devotion to expanding my understanding of modern issues.
These experiences throughout my education have honed my passion for environmental issues and provided me a thorough foundation of understanding regarding the challenges facing our generation. As graduation from the college drew closer, I knew that I wanted to gain hands on experience within the environmental sector. As I began applying for positions I was introduced to the SCA and the many opportunities for experience they had to offer. The more I read about these opportunities, the more excited I grew about the chance to get my hands dirty. I look forward to traveling to other regions of the US, gaining hands on experience, and exploring different environments through my experiences with the SCA :).
My name is Angela. I'm from Clearwater, FL currently working towards a Bachelor in Environmental Policy. Born in California and raised in Florida, I'm a coast to coast girl. Regularly, I enjoy hiking and kayaking along the coast of Florida, but mostly, I enjoy long walks on the beach and getting caught in the rain (Florida thunderstorms are a gas). I grew up in suburbs feeling a disconnect towards nature. As I grew up, the disconnect grew larger until I started hiking and backpacking. Since then, I've been learning more about the environment by taking classes and also enjoying the outdoors. I'm interested in the sustainability of water which will be exciting as we are working with the Army Corps of Engineers at various lakes. I consider each day is a new learning experience and I'm sure that the next few months will greatly add to my experiences.
Early childhood, I landed with my family in the coastal mountains outside Santa Cruz, California with two siblings and two dogs on three acres of forest. Though I was very young, I remember wandering enchanted woods, discovering abandoned forts built by children that had since outgrown them, splashing into ponds to catch salamanders, blackberries and poison oak, hunts for imaginary friends lost in the depths of the forest, climbing anything with invitation, dirt stained clothes to be expected. From these mountains, my family moved to Modesto, the middle of the middle of California. The Central Valley had its own set of adventures. Lots missing houses opened habitat for blue belly lizards, fat burrowing toads and squirrels, small snakes, and feral cats. The same brown water drained out from the bathtub as a result of some serious childhood play.
At 16 years, I began volunteering at a backpacking camp in the high Sierra Nevada Mountains right outside of Yosemite National Park in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness. Camp Jack Hazard became my second home and every summer I returned to welcome my community and respite from scorching valley temperatures. The wilderness smoothed over my cracks and rough edges and the stars sang me to sleep every night. I watched campers grow to love the back country, returning year after year, growing wiser and more aware of their own environmental responsibility.
College school years were spent studying at Modesto Junior College and Humboldt State University. I decided to major in Cultural Anthropology after one of the first and most inspirational semesters in junior college. At the university, I specialized in ancient Latin American cultures of Central America. Along the same lines, learning Spanish became a passion as a result of living deep among a strong Spanish speaking population in the Central Valley and sparked the travel bug. Summer of 2006 was spent between Guatemala and Belize. Summer 2008, I attended the Universidad Autonoma Benito Juarez de Oaxaca in central southern Mexico as an exchange student. In 2009, I graduated from Humboldt State University with a BA in Cultural Anthropology, minor in Spanish.
After graduation, I worked in a charter school teaching alongside the kindergarten teacher in a Spanish immersion elementary school in Arcata, California. In 2010, I moved to San Jose, California to join AmeriCorps and work for a non-profit called Our City Forest where I worked on a team that focused on managing and enhancing the health of the urban forest.
Early 2012, I began researching opportunities to get my hands dirty with the Student Conservation Association.
|Goodbye and Thank You Atlanta|
|My Favorite Conservation Project|
|Lake Sidney Lanier|
|Army Corps 2012|
|My name is Kevin|
|My name is Gabriel.|
|My name is Mia.|
|My name is Ryan.|
|My name is Angela.|
|My name is Sophie Alexandria Louis.|
|My Favorite Recreation Area|
|My Favorite Lake|
|Goodbye Member Housing!|
|Reflections from Mia|
|Bugs and traffic get the best of us|
|Final Phase: Setting Fish Attractors at Bolding Mill Campground|
|Setting Fish Attractors at Sardis Creek Day Use|
|Eastern Bluebird Box Monitoring, round 2|
|Eastern Bluebird Box Monitoring|
|Fish Attractor Assembly Part Deux|
|Sweetwater Creek State Park|
|Conservation Project: Gypsy Moths and assembling Fish(ermen) Attractors|
|Team switches and tips|
|Happy 4th of July!|
|Conservation Project: Cane|
|Conservation Project: American Chestnut Restoration|
|From the Field|