Stories from the Field

By Joseph Thurston

ABOVE: 2015 Career Discovery Internship Program participants preparing to kayak at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.

Each year, through the Career Discovery Internship Program (CDIP), we work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to connect young conservationists of diverse background to hands-on service experiences at wildlife refuges across the country.

SCA volunteers in New York City took time off from final exams this weekend to help build safer bike trails in Brooklyn. Fifty volunteers gathered at Floyd Bennett Field in Gateway National Recreation Area to clear invasive vines and open up bike paths along Flatbush Avenue.

SCA ramped up Earth Day celebrations to new heights this year, marking Earth Day with hands-on conservation service in 14 cities coast to coast and engaging 1,500 volunteers nationwide.

On May 16th, SCA teamed up with national supporter Domtar to beautify and restore River Park North in Greenville, North Carolina. Over 60 Domtar employees and their families spent the morning removing invasive honeysuckle vines, spreading new mulch, and planting milkweed in the butterfly gardens.

By Joseph Thurston

ABOVE: The 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps at Minerva Terrace in Yellowstone National Park.

An amazing chapter in the history of cycling for your Bike Month reading pleasure.

If you were a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army stationed at Ft. Missoula, Montana, and you were looking to test the military viability of a new-fangled contraption called the “safety bicycle,” what would you do?

By Joseph Thurston

ABOVE: “When there are more days of rain than sunshine during a trail-building hitch, sometimes, to stay cheerful, you just have to embrace the mud.” Eagle River, AK

Last summer, University of Michigan student Sammy Pressman spent 3 months roaming the wilds of Alaska, sleeping in a tent and working on a variety of vital conservation projects—restoring moose habitat, battling invasive plants, closing dangerously eroded sections of trail and replacing them fresh routes. He experienced it all as a member of one of SCA’s Alaska Corps teams.

Sustainability Goes Mainstream on Main Street

A mob is gathering in suburban Pittsburgh and Sahar Arbab couldn’t be happier.  In fact, she incited it.

Pittsburgh PA, where SCA's Green Cities initiative has been helping businesses with sustainability, and saving money in the process.

This Saturday SCA teamed up with American Express to celebrate Earth Day by bringing more than 350 volunteers to Fort Totten Park in Washington, DC. This event followed another successful partnership event with American Express in New York City last weekend, and concluded a month of SCA Earth Day celebrations in 16 cities nationwide.

ABOVE: A bush plane dropped off SCA member Amy J. Marks and park rangers Evan Olsen, Ed Eberhardy, Jim Hanna at the starting point for their backcountry river patrol of Wrangell St. Elias National Park, right below the toe of the Tana Glacier where the Tana River begins.

By Joseph Thurston

Just in time for National Park Week, an inside look at one of the ways we’re working with the National Park Service to build a public lands workforce that’s as diverse as the Americans it serves.

Each spring, SCA and NPS bring together diverse young conservationists from all over the country for weeklong NPS Academy orientation sessions at Grand Teton, Great Smoky, Kenai Fjords, and the National Parks of New York Harbor. Thusly inspired and prepared, participants then spend their summers serving as SCA interns on NPS lands across the USA.

This past Saturday SCA joined forces with American Express to celebrate Earth Day by bringing more than 400 volunteers to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. This day of service marked the first of 18 national events SCA and American Express will host over the next 18 months in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial.

On April 10th, SCA teamed up with national supporter Exelon to kick off National Volunteer Week with hands-on service at Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago.

New York City just can’t seem to escape the wintry weather this season, but that doesn’t stop SCA ConSERVE NYC volunteers from working to get the city’s public lands in shape for spring.

By Joseph Thurston

Bears playing basketball. I repeat: Bears playing basketball.

ABOVE: Kahmia (right) yanks invasives at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in New York City.

NPS ACADEMY 2015 – NEW YORK HARBOR By: Kahmia Moise

By Joseph Thurston

Can I recycle this plastic bag? What about this candy wrapper? Such questions are frequently asked in these thoroughly packaged times, yet not so easily answered.

SCA Leaders Jean Bartholomew and Emily Fonti made a guest appearance on CNN this weekend — starring in Morgan Spurlock’s “Inside Man” episode examining the role of young people in National Parks.

By Joseph Thurston

ABOVE: Jewel Cave looking all cavey and whatnot. 

Sure. You could spend a few months serving the planet with SCA at a world famous national park, working around tourists, instagramming thoroughly oggled geysers in your spare time. Your friends back home will check their phones and be all like, “Oh. Look at that. Dylan’s hanging out at Yellowstone or something. That’s cool.”

By Joseph Thurston

ABOVE: St. Regis Canoe Area

Sure. You could spend a few months serving the planet with SCA at a world famous national park, working around tourists, instagramming thoroughly oggled geysers in your spare time. Your friends back home will check their phones and be all like, “Oh. Look at that. Dylan’s hanging out at Yellowstone or something. That’s cool.”

Apply early enough and often enough, and it’s possible that we can make that happen.

By Joseph Thurston

If you love parks as much as we do, you’ll L-O-V-E this video from More Than Just Parks. 

The “rock” at :44? Priceless!

MTJP | Joshua Tree from More Than Just Parks on Vimeo.

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