These local students use GPS technology to map park features and trails, pinpoint invasive plants in quest to improve County Parks.

Technology on the Trails

As the summer sun burned off the morning fog, a team of students led this day by 16-year-old Maria Contreras left the visitor center at San Pedro Valley County Park on a mission: find English ivy and other invasive...Read more

Capital Growth

Chapman Magazine
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Celebrate the Park Service's Centennial

The Philadelphia Inquirer
by Cynthia MacLeod, superintendent, Independence National Historical Park
Hip Hip Huzzah!
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Adventuring with the Student Conservation Association

Peninsula Clarion
by Brad Stoner, SCA intern
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PA Outdoor Corps Gives Students Chance to Work with Nature

The Citizens' Voice
Eighteen-year-olds Katherine Mash and Joe Franckiewicz spent the last six weeks getting up early to do dirty, sweaty work like putting up fence posts and cutting away vegetation.
They both called it the best job they’ve ever had.
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Students Care for Hundreds of Acres of San Mateo County Parks

The Daily Journal

For six years now, youth in San Mateo County have worked to carve out trails and remove invasive species over hundreds of acres of county parkland.

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In a Jam-Packed City, an Escape in 10,000 Acres of Wetlands, Forests and Trails

The New York Times

On a recent morning, Ebenezer and four other students were laboring over a rutted stretch of a dirt trail that winds along the Bronx River as part of their summer jobs with the Student Conservation Association, a nonprofit that is working with the Natural Areas Conservancy. Ebenezer drilled...Read more

From City Block to Teton Rocks: Bronx-Born Ranger Inspires Young Parkgoers

NBC News

Jimenez, the daughter of Mexican immigrants who began working at Grand Teton in 2014, grew up in the bustling Little Italy neighborhood of the Bronx. A trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park through the NPS Academy, a joint workforce diversity initiative of the Park Service and Student...Read more

Students Get Lessons in the Great Outdoors as Part of Summer Job Program

The Tribune-Democrat
Participants in the newly created Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps got to experience the area’s natural landscape – from its green forests to deep blue lakes to winding hiking trails – as both a classroom and workplace this summer.
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Summer Program Sows Seeds of Learning

The Courier-Post
On the first Friday in August, National Park Service rangers gathered with teenagers from North Philadelphia and Camden to celebrate the end of a new summer program, one that takes urban gardening and adds a dose of history and adventure.
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