Stephan Warren originally from the cold hills of Western Massachusetts. Growing up I was passionate about a variety of things such as music, hiking, and martial arts. I see myself as a jack of all trades and am interested in knowing a little about a lot rather than a lot about a little. After high school and a short stint at college I focused my energy on conservation related work and wildfire training. I am incredibly excited for the trail working experience with SCA!...Read more
Tommy was born and raised in the Windy City of Chicago. Tommy graduated with a degree in history and a minor in anthropology from Northeastern Illinois University. This is Tommy’s third internship with SCA. He has served at both Prince William National Forest and Indiana Dunes. Fun facts about Tommy, he has traveled to 48 states along with four countries. Tommy found out about SCA via his brother. He is looking forward to this corps program and exploring new places. Tommy would like to be a history teacher someday....Read more
Coming from Northfield, NJ, John has been looking up at the stars since he got to Hawley. He’s had a bunch of jobs before, but this will be his first foray into the conservation service. Protecting and preserving nature is very important to him. John is eagerly looking forward to being a contributive member of the SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps community! ...Read more
Emma grew up in the Greater Boston area. She attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for one year after high school for environmental engineering and fell in love with hiking at her local Mass Audubon Sanctuary when she returned. She has spent two of the past five years since then in the outdoor retail industry. She is leaning towards going to Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks after her time with the SCA. Emma is excited to contribute to the trail corps and make a positive difference in local habitats. Her hobbies include photography, fiber arts, hiking, rock climbing, and...Read more
Josh Esch was born and raised in Platteville, Colorado. He grew up in a rural agriculture community which gave him a strong passion towards nature. He went to school at Northeastern Junior College studying Soil and Crop Science. Coming out to Massachusetts he hopes to gain new environmental knowledge and a sense of how environmental practices in the forest service can relate to agriculture. He is most excited to see a new side to this beautiful country he loves so much....Read more
Ten months is long, ten months is short.
Five months are gone and I’m all out of sorts.
It started off slow, but then it went fast.
It’s hard to believe that ed season has passed.
The last month has been a roller coaster of feelings,
There was so much to prepare for.
Saying goodbye to the children left many of us reeling,
And bang! five month members knocking on our door.
With five months down and five months to go,
To the SCA, AmeriCorps, and the planet our service we lend.
Spring is coming and is bringing an end...Read more
Today I would like to share what I am most passionate about with you. In the past few months I have become obsessed with night photography. This might not sound like the most extreme or high speed hobby. Honestly, for most it probably doesn’t even sound like fun. To those who say it isn’t worthwhile, I dare them to come out to Hawley for a night. Hawley is a perfect kind of place for a person like me. The type of person that enjoys just sitting and watching the stars. It feels like a different world when you can look up and see thousands of stars right above your head. It is...Read more
Lately animal tracks threaten adventure. Critters crisscross networks of shoveled pathways between buildings, leaving footprints that switch my track from chores and lesson planning toward destinations unknown in the Hawley woods.
At Bernardston Elementary School, the Kindergarten class has been working diligently as A-class scientists, engaging in experiments concerning forces that are strong or weak, pushing or pulling, stable or dynamic. Although my interactions with the scientists in these ‘laboratory’ settings is secretarial (facilitation and safety), to ensure they do not fall out of their chairs with excitement or stick melting crayons up their noses, I’ve found that the ground-shaking excitement and tactile intrigue in the ease of melting colored wax mirrors the way Hawley, SCA, and Americorps make me ...Read more
Before coming to Hawley to join the SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps team, I was living in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California. This is where I returned during our two-week winter break, a long and well-earned vacation for the students of western Massachusetts and, by extension, for our crew in Hawley. In late December, the eighteen of us scattered about in cars, trains, and planes, to go spend the holidays with families and friends. I ﬂew from Hartford, Connecticut (amid snowstorms and delays) to Los Angeles, where my old friends were waiting to pluck me up and...Read more