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SCA has proudly partnered with AmeriCorps since this national service program began in 1994. AmeriCorps places thousands of young adults into intensive service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship. AmeriCorps partners recruit, train, and place AmeriCorps members to meet critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.
Whether improving schools, ﬁghting poverty, rebuilding after disasters, providing health services, preserving the environment, or supporting veterans and military families, AmeriCorps members get things done. Over the past two decades, AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.
ABOVE: Ranger Glenn leads SCA NPS Academy members on an ecology hiking featuring the ﬂora and geology of the Great Smokies.
Each spring for the last 5 years, young conservationists of diverse background have come together from colleges and universities all over the country, converging at select national parks to begin a year-long conservation service experience called SCA NPS Academy.
SCA has been a proud partner of AmeriCorps since the program was created back in 1994. The 19,000 AmeriCorps members that have served with SCA since that time have dedicated over 10.4 million hours to protecting, studying, and promoting the spaces where nature thrives all over the country, from cozy community parks in bustling urban centers to vast and remote wilderness reserves.
Most of us consider the Florida Keys to be a paradise. But they are also a laboratory.
Over the past century, ocean waters here have risen nine inches and scientists predict they could climb another two feet by 2060. As most of the Keys’ land mass is a mere five feet above sea level or less, SCA intern and AmeriCorps member Sean Johnson-Bice notes the islands present “a case study for the effects of climate change on endemic species.”
Last summer, Grace Worm, currently an SCA Education Intern and AmeriCorps member, traveled the US in a green RV for Roadtrip Nation and spoke with a educators about what it means to be a teacher. That is what led her to SCA.
Humans have been blamed for the demise of myriad creatures…so imagine helping to pull one back from the brink of extinction.
The Key Largo woodrat has a gray-brown back, a white belly, and measures 14 inches from nose to tail. “They’re kind of cute,” states SCA intern and AmeriCorps member Chris Burgess. “They have big Mickey Mouse ears.”