Great Lakes Conservation Programs


Photos and text by Emily Poore, SCA Northeast Admissions Placement Coordinator

Just back from a whirlwind trip through Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan – visiting 8 sites in 10 days – I was struck again by the broad range of experiences available through SCA. This summer, these states were home to members of all three SCA programs; High School Conservation Crews, Conservation Interns, and Conservation Corps members. Their experiences range from monitoring fuel loads in a forest that is reestablishing itself after logging to interpreting the 18th century fur trade in period costume to all sorts of other tasks (some glamorous, some not so glamorous) that are critical to protecting and conserving both our natural and cultural resources.

Thanks to all of you for your hard work this summer and for sharing a piece of your experience with me. I was touched by the connection to the land and sense of place that many of you expressed. And as promised to Jessica and Luke’s Pictured Rocks Crew, here’s your picture on the web 🙂


Menominee Reservation, Keshena, WI


Counting Fuels


Old & New Technologies (Compass and GPS)


Chrissy’s blackberry scratches

Pictured Rocks Crew

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, MI


View from Logslide Overlook


The Log Slide


Hugh digging post holes


Clearing Trail


Tasha & Fiona transplanting tree


Jessica and Kyle perfecting their technique


Pictured Rocks Crew