Stories from the Field

by Katie Sobalsky, SCA Intern Eating with Ethics This is something that I’ve grown to understand and appreciate. My time at Green Mountain College has instilled in me a deeper understanding of the importance of what we eat. Not just for our own personal health, but the health of the planet.

A conventional timeline suggests that time moves relentlessly forward. A pocketwatch shows that time moves in perpetual circles. All I can say is that time…moves…me. The local volunteers who hit Wonderland Trail during my Rainier visit ranged in age from 20 to 50.

Most trails take you through parks or forests. This one took us through time. I’m at Mount Rainier National Park with some SCA crew leaders and local volunteers. Our board of directors was here yesterday, helping to redirect part of the Wonderland Trail after a rain-swelled, ravenous Nisqually River took a giant bite out of the trail near Cougar Rock last winter.

Removing a fence in 100 degree weather in rattlesnake country may not be the most glamorous job, but our SCA interns at Padre Island make it look easy. The exclosure fences are part of a thesis for a New Mexico State graduate student. The study is complete so the fences need to be taken down.

Story and Photos by Garrett Allen
Rollin’ on the Bayou. Interstate 10. Windows down. Rollin’. What a great two days with an amazing group of SCA interns. Waveland Mississippi received a round house kick from Katrina, but groups like SCA, Bridge and The Corps Network restore hope. The constant reminders of The Storm still echo but the healing continues.

by Katie Sobalsky, SCA Intern Petersburg, Alaska is quite an eclectic little town. The tiny fishing village located on Mitkof Island boasts a population of no more than a few thousand people, most of who fish, work in the canneries or are part of the Forest Service.

On his way to document SCA interns working in Waveland, Mississippi, our colleague Garrett passed through New Orleans and sent back these photos. Stay tuned for more photos — of gulf restoration work around Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, especially hard hit by Hurricane Katrina almost two years ago and then a marine biology project in Padre Island National Seashore off the coast of Texas.

by Elli CaldwellA co-worker pointed me to this article yesterday in Best Life Magazine and I’ve been shaking my head in horror ever since. It talks about plastic and the ways it, to put it lightly, destroys our oceans, our sea life, our environment, our health and our planet.

by Katie Sobalsky I’m an SCA intern this summer for my second time. I just couldn’t get enough of the trail work! There are eight of us on the crew building a reroute up the trail on Petersburg Mountain. Residents here seem grateful for our work as the trail is currently mighty steep and run down and in parts quite impassable.

Krishna Kennedy’s mom here. I will have him accept formally himself, but there is no question he will come.

The NPS Centennial Report to the President was posted Friday at We found this tribute to SCA on the last page, written by Mauricio Escobar, who among other contributions to SCA has served on our Board of Directors. With our partners, we can change lives. The Student Conservation Association changed my life one summer while working in a national park.

Last Friday night like millions of other Americans, I was on the road, in my case to the Hartford airport, to pick up much loved and not seen often enough family. They live in Nashville, but like many, many others - witness the army of cars driving north on I91 - they love Vermont and we get together here instead of there.

by Joshua Stearns, SCA Alumnus and Board Member Rebecca Solnit recently published an essay called “Maps for the Year Ahead” in Orion Magazine. The piece offers a number of striking observations about space, place, and land in the wake of tragedy.

The Lazy Environmentalist talks with Student Conservation Association members Jay Satz and Tamara Paul about the history of the SCA and its conservation programs throughout America. - podcast on Bettina Mok, the Western Regional Manager for the Student Conservation Association’s High School Programs, joins Scott Cluthe to discuss SCA’s upcoming Bay Area Earth Day Events.

Trained as a zoologist, Rachel Carson began her career as a contract government science writer at a time when… “wildlife agencies still handed out recipes for the animals they were studying.” (An Environmental Icon’s Unseen Fortitude, Washington Post 5.18.07) She is best known for her still controversial book Silent Spring and its crusade against the widespread use of DDT, but her legacy

Q: As SCA’s Northeast representative, what was an interesting experience you had on the road? A: Besides life on the road in and of itself, which included being caught in snow storms, getting lost (more than a couple of times), and some less than appealing hotel stays…

“Amtchat Edwards, outreach and education coordinator at the Student Conservation Association (SCA), is the focus of a month-long “WETA Hometown Heroes” profile airing in May on WETA TV 26. WETA selected Edwards for his commitment to inform youth about environmental conservation through educational programs in the District.

Now that it is finally spring up here in Northern New England, the pain of my commute has turned it into time to hang my head out the window and enjoy lush Connecticut River Valley Scenery. Friday I noticed that the clouds were really intense because of thunderstorms in the area and I wanted to stop and take a photo of the contrast between the green grass, yellow dandelions, and epic clouds.

I have been going through the 23,000+ photos we have here in Charlestown and noticed that a lot of the SCA interns are posed similarly and holding some person/place/thing up for the camera. Thanks to the help of a beautiful piece of software, I present this photo collection: people holding stuff and things If you would like to add video or photos to our archives, email us.