Stories from the Field

Two good things in one app: find parks near you and support SCA! What more could you ask for?American Park Network, creator of Oh, Ranger!

By Joseph Thurston

When I walk outside these days, there’s a bluster in the air. It’s not often warm. Sometimes… I shiver.It wasn’t always like this. Just last month I could run around town in shorts. There was no chill, no shivering, only heat and sweat. Times have changed, and so has the weather.

By Joseph Thurston

Welcome to the Conservation Caption Competition, Fall 2012 Edition. Every second Monday between now and December 7, I’ll be posting a photo to Facebook and calling on you, gentle reader, to caption it.Captions are due by 5 PM Wednesday. The winning caption, as chosen by our designated caption quality evaluator, SCA intern Danielle Thompson, will be posted here and on Facebook Friday morning.

From the Mount Rainier National Park Volunteer Newsletter September 2012.
We would like to highlight a special intern this summer to help show how much the park relies on and appreciates our volunteers. The east side Backcountry Intern through the Student Conservation Association, Kris Youtz, was first on scene to an emergency call in the Glacier Basin area in the past month.

Join us this summer as we follow the lives of SCA members from coast to coast.

Thousands of surf fans entered to win a surfing weekend in Santa Barbara with Lakey, and we gave away of Lakey-autographed gear every day of the event. We’re announcing here for the first time that our Grand Prize winner is Tessa R. of Long Beach, CA. “I’m really surprised.

With longboards, shortboards, skateboards, and three SRO concerts, it was a wild scene at the Nike US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, CA – but SCA helped to ensure it was a clean scene, too.SCA volunteers and staff removed copious amounts of litter from the beach which, as our own Joe Thurston tweeted, may have otherwise been headed to “one of those gargantuan offshore trash islands.” Sevente

SCA Senior Vice President Flip Hagood will deliver the opening address at the Wilderness Risk Management Conference in Portland, OR in October.

“I’m super excited about welcoming my fellow SCA volunteers to the US Open of Surfing because when it comes to protecting nature, we all need to get on board,” says Lakey.
The US Open of Surfing is one of the biggest outdoor events of the year.  And our own SCA spokesperson Lakey Peterson is a top contender in the competition.

Congratulations to Amy Brown on winning the 2011 E3 Washington Award of Excellence in the Informal Educator category! She is an SCA Alumnus and a long-time partner with SCA in the North Cascades WILD partnership. Check out the full story and photos from the ceremony.

This month marks SCA’s 55th Anniversary. To date, SCA has engaged nearly 70,000 young people in conservation internships and jobs, resulting in more than 30 million hours of service on federal, state, and local lands. Two-thirds of SCA alumni remain active in conservation.

Editor’s note: The essay below, a tale of triumph and tragedy, was written by SCA Pittsburgh member Siraji Hassan for his graduation from SCA’s Leadership in the Environment Advancement Program (LEAP), a conservation program for youth in poverty. Siraji’s presentation won an award that evening and his story may well win your heart.

Seventeen year old Lakey Peterson is a champion surfer, conservationist, and spokeswoman for SCA. Check her out in this interview from Teen Kids News June 5, 2012 episode.

By Nora Kaufmann, SCA Crew Leader
It’s that time of year again. The last traces of spring linger in the air, the birds are chirping, the grass is green, and coffee consumption in the state of New Hampshire skyrockets as the wonderful SCA staff here in Charlestown, New Hampshire prepares for yet another field season.

Originally featured on American Eagle Outfitters’ blog Made to Last. This guest blog post was written by Claire W., Associate Design Director at American Eagle Outfitters. Claire participated in SCA’s Alternative Spring Break this March with college students from across the country.

Check out this great video interview of four-time alum Takeya Meggett shot by SCA partner and Conservation Intern program supporter, Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS). Takeya talks eloquently about her experience as an SCA member and how her passion led to an amazing green career as a Migratory Fish Educator in scenic Hudson Valley, NY.

May is National Bike Month…and SCA encourages everyone to adopt a greener lifestyle and get on your bike! National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the bicycle…and the many reasons to ride it.

The environment
Health
Exploration
Pleasure and simple enjoyment!

This week is National Bike to Work Week, with Friday, May 18th being Bike to Work Day!

Hello! Hope ya’ll are having a great Spring and getting ready for Summer.

Photos and text by Stuart Wilkins, 2011 – 2012 SCA Golden Valley Wilderness team of the Desert Restoration Corps (DRC.) The DRC works with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) throughout the California Desert District facilitating the processes of natural regrowth of thousands and thousands of acres of desert habitat.

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