Steph Jeffries supports SCA because it helps students identify their life's work
Today Steph Jeffries is a professor in the Forestry and Environmental Resources Department at North Carolina State University. In the summer of 1992, she was an SCA intern at Chugach National Forest in Alaska.
Her recent book, Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests, gives readers rich, ecological insights into 30 different popular...
Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Education, Forests, Parks, Science, Trails and Hiking
Posted by Staff | Friday, February 13, 2015
Davon Goodwin had already made a range of contributions – and sacrifices – before he joined SCA. An Army veteran, he’d pulled extended tours of Iraq and Afghanistan; in the latter, an improvised explosive device fired shrapnel into his brain and shattered two vertebrae. Davon says recovering from his wounds...
Career Success, Education, Forests, Kids, Wildfires
SCA Intern Marlisa Jemison on Electrofishing with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
This post was written for Open Spaces, the oﬃcial blog of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s part of a monthly series featuring SCA interns writing about their experiences working to promote, protect and study wildlife on public lands all over the United States.
It’s our great pride and...
Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Education
Inspired by SCA service, Quincy Swatson is bringing opportunity to his Pittsburgh neigborhood
Growing up in Pittsburgh’s troubled Manchester neighborhood in the 1990s, Quincy Kofi Swatson thought most of his doors were closed. “It was a homogenously poor neighborhood,” he says, “and homogenously of one race, and you’d get caught up in the mindset that everyone is in the same situation and there...
Animals & Wildlife, Career Success, Coasts & Water, Education, Kids, Volunteer Opportunities
What's it like to be a conservationist working in Geospatial Information Systems? SCA's Rachelle Hedges describes a typical day.
Well, I really left you hanging last time, didn’t I? I got you all excited about GIS and the amazing things it can do, but I never told you what you would do if you worked in GIS. So, what does a day in the life...
Education, Parks, Science
Here at SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps, our teaching season is in full swing. I and many of my fellow corps members find ourselves teaching all kinds of science lessons in elementary schools, from electricity and magnetism, light and sound, to animal adaptations, or composting. When I first started teaching in my...
January is always misconstrued as something boring, dead, and lifeless, and… and dull… something along those lines. For anyone who believes this, I invite you to visit Hawley. One needs only to awake at dawn and take a walk around the pond to see life everywhere. You see miniscule mouse...
As a result of comfort and familiarity, and also attachment and ownership, I’d say your second visit someplace, or your third or fourth and so on, always looks very different from the first time you see a new place. After ﬂying over eight states and driving through two more, I...
After a refreshing winter holiday filled with sickness and catching up with my family, I am excited to get back to Hawley. It’s expected to snow the day I arrive and I feel as if this is a good omen for the next month and a half. I’m looking forward...
I’ll just jump right in and give you a forecast for the weather this week: It’s about 20 degrees right now, we have a foot of snow forecast within the next 24 hours, and temps are expected to dip down to ten below twice this coming week.
If you’re from the...
ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Brave Freezing Temperatures to Restore the Harlem River
On February 7th, ﬂurries were in the air and over a foot of snow already blanketed Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx. But that didn’t stop 65 volunteers from coming out to the riverfront for February’s ConSERVE NYC event.
Diversity, Education, Invasives, Kids, Parks
Sarika Khanwilkar Finds Her Niche at Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge
Sarika Khanwilkar spends her mornings with a skunk named Mango, and her afternoons watching out for endangered Gopher Tortoises. Learn more about her life as an SCA intern in her first field dispatch from Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge.
Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Education, Endangered Species, Parks
Making a Difference with GIS by Rachelle Hedges
In December of 2010 I left a career in advertising to go back to school for a degree in natural resources management. One of the main reasons for making this change, was that I needed a job in which I could work outside. I love being outside. I love hiking....
Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Coasts & Water, Forests, Parks, Science
Ospreys versus Civic-Minded Citizens
Everyone (that we asked) is in agreement. This year’s superbowl will be decided by which team is more in tune with conservation, nature, and the great outdoors.
Now, obviously you’re thinking, “You guys. One team has a formerly endangered, sea-faring bird as its mascot, while the other has, what? A Revolutionary...
CDIP Capstone Project
Posted by Staff | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Isaac Coleman served as a CDIP (Career Discovery Internship Program) Intern at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama. This video is his capstone project.
CDIP Capstone Project
Posted by Staff | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Shevika Mitchell served as a CDIP (Career Discovery Internship Program) intern at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. This video is her capstone project.
Preserving Ecosystems Through Smartly Deployed Flames
Above: SCA Veterans Fire Corps members Wesley Adams, Benjamin Pattyson, Andrew McFarland, Laren Nowell, Demetric Wade, and Ramon Delgado.
Here we have a photo of one of our Veterans Fire Corps crews all geared up and ready to go for a prescribed burn at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge...
Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Forests, Wildfires
What You Need to Know to Get Published on SCA's Blog
Thank you for your interest in blogging for SCA. Your experience and the work you do as a conservationist is what SCA is all about. Here are some tips that will help you put that experience into words. Follow them, and you just might find your story posted to SCA’s website!...
SCA Alum Jessica Wonyee Sanchez on Serving as a Citizen Scientist for MLK Day 2015
This past Monday we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday by participating in the “California King Tides” citizen science project. This event was hosted by Acterra, a Peninsula-based environmental non-profit in the SF Bay Area. We had a great turnout (close to seventy people!), at the East Palo Alto Bay...
Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Diversity, Education, History, Kids, Parks
1000+ SCA Volunteers Rally for MLK Day
SCA recognized the MLK National Day of Service with 8 major volunteer events coast to coast, with projects in NYC, DC, Pittsburgh, Houston, New England, and the Bay Area. Over 1000 volunteers pitched in, including Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power.