Stories from the Field

SCA Founding President, Elizabeth Cushman Titus Putnam, visited a Dallas Crew. Elizabeth Titus Putnam and her husband, Bruce, arrived at the Trinity Forest as the Dallas crews were doing their morning exercises and stretches. Liz and Bruce joined in on the stretches.

UCSC has given rise to Pulitzer Prize winners, Pew Scholars, All-American athletes, and National Academy of Sciences members. Now the campus can also boast that it has a tree-climbing champion. Staff tree trimmer Jessica Petrini won the women’s division of the Western Chapter International Society of Arboriculture Tree Climbing Championships, held June 13-15 in Elk Grove.

Paul Bindel, SCA Mass Parks AmeriCorps 2008 We did not roll up our sleeves. We proofed ourselves in plastic and walked into the rain, to slough in rocks, to upturn stones. We set them so they would not wiggle. We imagined what lay below a mossy corner, a foot of dirt, by plunging our bars and craning our ears for the pitch of the ting.

This video made its debut at EarthVision 2008

“When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.” John Muir, 1915 — from Scott Kinghorn, NPS

This is the gear, before it goes out to the High School Trail Crews. Nelson knows this stuff like Niels Bohr knows quantum physics.

by Tau I. Robinson-Farrar After hearing a phenomenal presentation at the Department of the Interior, it was time to leave for our service projects. As we were making our way to the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (the location for our service project) I asked Alex, a high school student from New Hampshire, how he felt about the presentation.

Brian Kurzel - EarthVision Opening Ceremony Host and SCA 50th Board Co-Chair

Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne speaks to attendees following the opening ceremony. Lindi L. Harvey, National Park Service Deputy Director SCA President Dale Penny, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, SCA Founder Liz Putnam, and SCA Board President Fred Prescott Hanging out in front of the DOI building. Glacier National Park antique bus.

You can feel the excitement in the air, one might even say its palpable. Oh cool, look, a goose is grooming himself, and there’s an EarthVision banner plastered on the Department of the Interior headquarters, and below that Mary A. Bomar, Director of the National Park Service, and her entourage get into an antique red truck, oh wait, what is that behind us?

The Summer 2008 season is quickly approaching. Check out our Staff Picked positions that have immediate openings or browse all of our Environmental Internships.