Sam Dub is crew leading this hitch- Hitch 1- Oﬃcial start of trail season! We are currently lodging in Camp Nihan and our worksite is at Breakheart Preserve. It is pretty, but not as untouched as other places. Our crew is Zane, Lukas, Sarah, and Sam W. It’s been really fun so far, we are working on a rock staircase and taking a sign out- which has been the biggest pain. My body hurts all over but it’s a good pain maybe because I know I am gaining something from it. Today Zane and I moved rock from the top of a rocky hill, over a small stream then back up a hill to use as a step. We...Read more
On April 22nd, SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps members will be hosting local students in the 4th-8th grades for a day of Environmental Education. Students will be on site at the Kenneth Dubuque State Forest in Hawley, Massachusetts from 9am until 4pm. While there, students will be broken into groups and will rotate through various learning stations with Corps members. They will be learning about habitats, animals, wilderness survival, and seasons.
Members of the SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps program serve Massachusetts’s public lands from Martha’s Vineyard to the Berkshires each summer, and spend the winter providing environmental education to children at local schools in the western part of the state. The residential program, headquartered at Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest in Hawley, MA, began its 19th year of service in October 2015.
Members of the SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps program serve Massachusetts’s public lands from Martha’s Vineyard to the Berkshires each summer, and spend the winter providing environmental education to children at local schools in the western part of the state.
The Lowell National Historical Park in Massachusetts offers a vivid regional perspective on the Industrial Revolution. But inside these former textile mills you can also find the fabric of America.
Lowell NHS is headquarters to the National Park Service’s Historic Architecture, Conservation, and Engineering Center. This is where conservators restore irreplaceable antiquities sent from national historic sites from Maine to Virginia: a wooden hoist used to build the Bunker Hill Monument. Various Civil war artifacts...Read more
As the leaves turn from orange to brown and fall to the ground, SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps welcomes another year of corps members—October 2015 will be our 19th year. Eighteen ten-month members arrive in Kenneth Dubuque State Forest by buses, trains, planes and cars on a quiet Sunday from around the country. Many do not fully know what they are getting into, but we are excited to welcome them to “Kenny D,” as we lovingly call our home they range in age from...Read more
This July, eight anxious, nervous, and excited high school students arrived here at Cape Cod National Seashore. They, along with their two crew leaders, were selected to be part of an SCA National Crew – and they were lucky enough to spend their time and energy here at the beautiful Seashore! This park is special not only because it preserves the shoreline here for the “enjoyment of the people” (as JFK said), but also because it has an immense amount of history to be shared. From the Native Americans to the Pilgrims, from Thoreau to today’s vacationers coming from all over the country,...Read more
Hitch 7 is tough. Us corps members are tired out from a long few months of trail work. The heat and humidity at the end of July is oppressive. Bugs are stinging, ticks are embedding, poison ivy is thriving. We can’t help but think about the future; it’s tough to remain present. We are coming to terms with the fact that our program is ending sooner than we’d all like to admit. Change is imminent, impending, impossible to forget about… and yet, integral. We define our world by the passing of time, and change, though daunting at times, is not a bad thing....Read more
There are many new things I’ve learned while working with the SCA, from how to chop wood to what a lap joint is and the alarmingly massive amount of Cheez-it’s hungry people can consume. Not only have I gained these new skills (except for my impressive cheez-it consumption- that’s always been pretty good) but SCA has afforded us the opportunity to gain them in beautiful places. I’ve explored more of Massachusetts than I would be able to if I had any other job. This awesome job perk became especially clear this past hitch when my crew and I had the good fortune to...Read more
When we go out on hitch we have the awesome opportunity of meeting and working with so many different people ranging from individuals that frequent the park to the park staff itself. And for my past hitch my crew and I had the pleasure of working with Geoffery Wood. Geoff is a seasoned DCR employee with many years of hard work put into Belle Isle Marsh Reservation (the site where the hitch was located). He is also a man whose work ethic and speed is rivaled by none other. Especially when one takes in account the fact that at the end of the this month he is retiring. The fact that he making...Read more