Stories from the Field

Head on over to Krush for a new interview with pro surfer and SCA spokeswoman Lakey Peterson. Topics include her US Open win, her new documentary “Zero to 100 – The Lakey Peterson Story”, and of course her work in philanthropy!Photo via Aaron Lieber

By Joseph Thurston

Winter is on and so is Round 4 of the Conservation Caption Competition. Who’s going to win a prize pack of choice SCA goods? Whoever comments with the cleverest caption (as judged by caption quality evaluator, and Follow Me blogger, Danielle Thompson).Entries are due, either here or on Facebook, by Thursday at 5 PM EST.Special thanks to SCA national partner Dr.

By Joseph Thurston

We posed a question and it was this: Got Dirt?The winner of this year’s Got Dirt? Photo Contest chose to answer that question literally, and with a resounding “Yes!”Put on a smock and some goggles and acquaint yourself with “The Sandman,” this year’s grand prize-winning photograph.

Source: National Parks Traveler - ‘Postcard From The Backbone Of The Continent: Days Of Discovery At Glacier National Park’ by SCA Intern Ashley AlvarezEditor’s note: Ashley Alvarez an intern with the Student Conservation Association, spent her summer working in Glacier National Park in Montana.

This post is from the SCA Veterans Fire Corps, who helped clear Hurricane Sandy-ravaged streets along the Jersey Shore. For a full scope of SCA’s response to Hurricane Sandy, read SCA President Dale Penny’s letter to constituents.

The SCA Veterans Fire Corps is currently clearing Sandy-ravaged streets along the Jersey Shore but getting there, as they say, was half the battle. Last Sunday, after volunteering to join the relief effort, the Arizona-based team assembled for a 6:00am briefing and within hours they were in the air.

The following email was sent from SCA President Dale Penny to SCA friends in the regions most affected by Hurricane Sandy. We continue to provide updates on SCA’s response to Sandy via SCA’s Conservation Nation blog.Dear SCA Friend,Like you, SCA is greatly concerned about the people and places affected by Hurricane Sandy.

By Joseph Thurston

On the morning of November 2nd, with transportation still down across New York City, over 100 volunteers — including SCA alums — made their way to Hudson River Park on the Manhattan waterfront to help with the clean-up effort. Some peddled up on bicycles, others came on foot from as far away as Brooklyn and Queens.

By Joseph Thurston

Dani Thompson, SCA’s Designated Caption Quality Evaluator (and FWS Alaska intern) has picked her winner for Round 3 of the Conservation Caption Competition, Fall 2012 Edition. Behold:Congratulations to Johanna Weaver for being toadily hilarious (so, so sorry for that pun).

As the long-term effects of Sandy become more evident, those in need of assistance becomes greater. Check back for updates on ways SCA is getting involved. Follow #SandyVolunteers for up to the minute news on where and how you can help.

More than 1,000 NYC Service volunteers are involved in recovery efforts.

By Joseph Thurston

Hurricane Sandy has caused enormous amounts of damage all over the North East and Mid West. Below are a few volunteer opportunities for anyone who’s willing and able to lend a hand to those in need in the NYC area.The Hudson River Park staff are calling for volunteers to help get the park ready for re-opening.

Our hearts go out to the hundreds of thousands of other families who were not as fortunate. As recovery begins, please see the following links for more:Getting HelpThe Red Cross “Find Help” pageAfter Sandy: Resources to get back on trackHow to HelpDonate to Red CrossGive BloodThe White House - How to Help the Survivors of Hurricane SandySeven way to help online

Source: The WashCycle, October 31, 2012The Student Conservation Association, in conjunction with DDOT and NPS, performed hundreds of hours of service maintaining trails, removing trash and removing invasive species.SCA also partnered with the District Department of Transportation for the second year which helped fund 4 crews and 22 students in District parks and green spaces this summer.

By Joseph Thurston

Hey conservation-minded people who are terrible at photography, stop fretting over the fact that you’ll never win SCA’s Got Dirt? Photo Contest and start writing captions.

As you likely know, Hurricane Sandy - a large and potentially destructive storm - is impacting the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast part of the eastern seaboard. Widespread rain, flooding, and power outages are anticipated. Thousands of flights are cancelled and many offices (including DC government offices) are closed.

Special thanks to SCA’s Philadelphia Crew supporters: National Park Service, Exelon Corporation (PECO), The Boeing Company, William Penn Foundation, PNC, Wheelabrator Falls Inc, Philadelphia Youth Network, George and Miriam Martin Foundation, and others in the Philadelphia area.The SCA Greater Philadelphia Summer Program successfully completed its fourth year, with area youth completing meaningful

Source: National Forest FoundationSpring of 2012, the NFF supported fish monitoring efforts on the Twelvemile Creek Watershed on the Tongass National Forest. Two SCA interns worked with Forest Service professionals to gather data to better understand restoration efforts at this Treasured Landscape. Learn more

Written by Jeff Chen, SCA ‘06 and Alumni Council member.For the last three years of my life, I’ve walked and picked up roadside litter with my crew of trash gypsies.

Ever wonder what SCA members actually do and wanted to connect with them directly? Do you want to see where SCA members or alumni are across the country? Connect, chat and meet them?

By Joseph Thurston

Has the 2012 Got Dirt? Photo Contest got you bummed because you love contests but have never once managed to take a single decent photo?Well I’ve got news that’ll cheer you up: That’s right!

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