Stories from the Field

By Joseph Thurston

Photo: SCA member Justin Duncan, SCA CEO Jaime Matyas, SCA member CJ Goulding Jr., Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell

On August 23rd, SCA teamed up with national supporter Domtar to refurbish a community skating rink and playground in Nekoosa, Wisconsin. Since 2012, Domtar has supported SCA’s urban initiatives for youth in cities across the country. SCA crew leaders from New York City, just finished with a season of fieldwork helping urban parks recover from Hurricane Sandy, were excited to travel to Wisconsin to help facilitate the project — and share stories of their work with urban youth.

By Emily Bowles

When William Bradford hopped off of the Mayflower and onto Plymouth Rock, he described the landscape that lay before him as a “hideous and desolate wilderness.” Wilderness, in 1620, was not a scarce resource to be protected and treasured. It was scary and empty, a wasted space awaiting the day that an enterprising human might chop it up, organize it, and put it to good use.

ConSERVE NYC events have taken our volunteers as far north as Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx, as far west as Hudson River Park in Manhattan, and as far east as Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing. On August 16th, our volunteers traveled to the southern-most point of New York to serve at Conference House Park on Staten Island.

By Joseph Thurston

Before you can tag an owlet, you have to find one. How does one go about locating a tiny, nest-bound baby owl in the midst of an enormous forest?

SCA volunteers in New York City don’t take the summer off.

On July 29th, SCA’s community crews in New York City and New Jersey came together 100 members strong to celebrate the midpoint of their summer crews with a project at New York City’s most famous green space: Central Park.

SCA Alumni Council Leah Duran (pictured below) writes about the REI-led stand-up paddle boarding class recently held at Richmond Marina in the Bay Area exclusively for SCA alums. second course will be held this Friday, 7/25 in Redwood City.

SCA’s Sandy Recovery crews wrapped up their first week on the job with an Environmental Education Day on Randall’s Island — a unique park and recreational space which sits at the confluence of the East River, the Harlem River, and Long Island Sound in New York City.

This week, 118 high school students are headed into the field in New York City and New Jersey to help continue the storm recovery process after Hurricane Sandy.

SCA teamed up with the NYC Parks Natural Areas Volunteers and the Appalachian Mountain Club this weekend to clear almost an acre of invasive species from New York City’s largest park.

By Joseph Thurston

Google will tell you that 2,961 miles lay between Glacier Bay National Park and Seal Cove, Maine, but it will not give you directions from one to the other.

By Marinell Chandler

This post originally appeared on Denali National Park’s Runnin’ With the Kennels blog. Above photo: 2014 SCA Summer Kennel Interns, Kelly Bell and Marinell Chandler

On the morning of June 10th, over 80 employee volunteers from SCA’s national partner American Eagle Outfitters gathered on Manhattan’s Lower East Side to restore East River Park as part of the #AEOBetterWorld initiative. 

By Joseph Thurston

The Washington Monument reopened recently, following 2 years and $15M worth of repairs after damage sustained during a 2012 earthquake.

By Joseph Thurston

June is THE month to get outside!

OK, sure, at SCA we believe in getting outside every day all year round, but if for some odd reason you could only pick one month to embrace the great outdoors, June would have to be it!

Why, you ask?

At May’s ConSERVE NYC event, over 50 SCA volunteers took to the beachfront to continue the storm recovery process by removing 1500 pounds of debris from Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.

Earlier this spring, SCA teamed up with national supporter Southwest Airlines for Message to the Field — a series of service events bringing together Southwest employees, friends, and family to beautify communities across the nation. As a culmination of this spring service campaign, SCA and Southwest joined up on Monday for the largest event yet, restoring Dallas’s Trinity River Corridor in celebration of Earth Day.

An army of blue-clad Conservation Rock Stars stormed Hudson River Park on Saturday, celebrating Earth Day with hands-on service at April’s ConSERVE NYC event.

Earth Day NYC 2014: Hudson River Park
By Leah Cantor

Hitch 4 brought WildCorps to the Living Desert, a public botanical garden and zoo in Palm Desert, CA. The Living Desert is unique in that it is the only American zoo focused solely on the deserts of the world.

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