I spent the past five days of my SCA internship at Child’s Glacier, a 300-450 foot tall calving glacier about an hour and a half from Cordova.
Every year, SCA provides training, tools and projects that place motivated teens and young adults in the field to effect changes great and small. How do we measure the effects? Sometimes its through decreased CO2 levels or by the tons of trash collected or in the number of trees planted. Our success is also measured by the lessons learned, the perspective gained and the lives we transform—today and into the future. Often when the SCA project is over, the success story is just beginning. Take a look at some of our most recent accomplishments.
Posted by Eliza Stokes | Thursday, August 1, 2013
by Greg Kinman
Posted by Greg Kinman | Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Nothing inspires a person to conserve the earth’s beauty more than spending time in true wilderness. Josh, my supervisor, and I just returned from a ten-day off-trail backpacking trip through the upland wilderness of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve in eastern Interior Alaska. We traveled by bush plane, landing on tall grass in an area near Copper Mountain and the upper Charley River.
Posted by Emmet Pruss | Tuesday, July 30, 2013
The termination of 2 short weeks will mark the completion of the SCA program that I have been a part of with 22 companions for the last 10 months.
Posted by Emmet Pruss | Friday, July 26, 2013
Something that I knew about SCA, but didn’t fully appreciate until recently, is the storied history and shear diversity of the programs that they offer.
My program, for example, is a Residential Corps Program. This means that I share my living space, meals, and community with 22 coworkers at our repurposed Knights of Columbus camp in rural Hawley, Massachusetts.
Posted by Karrie Kressler | Friday, July 26, 2013
My work breaks away from the traditional SCA roles. I’m not cutting tread on a beautiful backcountry trail, or providing much needed disaster relief. I do not interact with wild animals or fires.
Posted by Kalina Chung | Friday, July 26, 2013
Look at the crewmembers all ready to start rowing!
Already into the second half of my stint leading a Seattle Community Crew, and I can’t believe it has gone by so quickly! I guess it’s true that time ﬂies when you’re having fun.
This week’s theme for educational lessons was professionalism, and on Monday, we started off with a session on budgeting.
Posted by Apoorva Mahajan | Friday, July 26, 2013
When I first got word of my summer internship in Grand Teton, I couldn’t have been more excited. But there was one nagging doubt on my mind. As an Interpretation intern, I understood that I would wear a number of hats. The one role that gave me some worry, however, was having to present programs. In front of large audiences. All by myself.
I Think I’m Batman
Posted by Jon Whiting | Thursday, July 25, 2013
Weighing a captured bat. Thursday. Hour ‘til midnight. It’s warm. 76. Fahrenheit. Not Celsius. Probably implied though. We Americans are hipsters when it comes to our measurement of temperature. Anyways. 90% humidity.
Posted by Greg Kinman | Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Here is our boat, tied up at the launch at Eagle. The bluff towers over the tiny village.
On my second patrol, June 18th-26th, my supervisor, Josh, and I embarked on a motorboat trip up and down the section of the Yukon River that lies within Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.
Posted by Eliza Stokes | Friday, July 19, 2013
Trail Crew is Stoked to be Netting! First of all, a lot of things went right this week.
Posted by Jon Whiting | Friday, July 19, 2013
First and foremost, I hate geese.
They are just terrible, god awful things. Last year they pooped all over my porch and attacked me during my morning jog on the regular.
But I’m not going to mention these vile creatures in this post. No sir.
I’m going to talk about their total opposites, waterfowlnesswise: Ducks. Lovely ducks.
Posted by Kalina Chung | Thursday, July 18, 2013
We got our Burlap (and mulch) delivery! Here’s a picture of SCA’s Finest taking a break on the comfy burlap, soon to be used for purposes other than cushion.
After our first week at the site, SCA’s Finest crew has finally settled down into a fun and productive routine, which perfectly fits one of our frequently used mottos, “work hard, play hard”.
by Greg Kinman
Posted by Greg Kinman | Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Our helicopter sitting at the picturesque Eagle airstrip.
Now that you all know a bit about me from my first post, I’ll give you a description of my favorite day from my first patrol. From June 6th-12th, I was stationed out of the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve headquarters in Eagle, Alaska.
by Karrie Kressler
Posted by Karrie Kressler | Wednesday, July 17, 2013
I started seriously bicycling only recently when I moved to Pittsburgh, which is a heck of a place to start considering all of the hills here. It’s also surprising considering that while I was growing up I watched my role-model-dad bike to work every fair-weathered day.
Posted by Emmet Pruss | Tuesday, July 16, 2013
The tag on my hammock reads “Step 1 Relax.” There are no other steps; it’s a succinct instruction.
And a decent one to keep in mind at work—not just trail work, all work. All not work, too, in fact.
On our hitch at Mt. Greylock, John takes deep breaths between sips of this morning’s coffee. He has an interview at 5 PM.
Posted by Apoorva Mahajan | Monday, July 15, 2013
Looking back on my last blog post, I realize that I may have started off on the wrong foot. This time around, instead of writing on the topic of bears, near and dear to my outdoors experience so far, I’ll get back to the basics by giving a proper introduction to my day-to-day life.
Posted by Tishena Gillis | Friday, July 12, 2013
Hello everyone! Before I get into the details of my internship with the Army Corps of Engineers, I’d like to tell you how I spent my Independence Day. While I’m sure the majority of you cooked out, set off massive amounts of fireworks, or simply enjoyed your day off work, my crew and I opted for a less traditional approach and had a gardening extravaganza to offset the beginning of summer.
Posted by Emmet Pruss | Thursday, July 11, 2013
The Connecticut River gluts ﬂatly into the horizon, viewed from the observation deck atop Mt. Sugarloaf in Deerfield, Massachusetts. Church steeples from small towns freckle the foothills, the spaces between them carpeted under humid shags of exhaling trees.
Posted by Kalina Chung | Wednesday, July 10, 2013
SCA’s Finest with our group contract.
Hello to you from Seattle, Washington! My name is Kalina, a born and raised Seattleite currently attending the University of Washington. I have participated in SCA’s International Crew, its Seattle school year program, and now I’m privileged enough to be the crew leader apprentice for a summer community crew program.
by Greg Kinman
Posted by Greg Kinman | Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Hello! I’m Greg, from Dallas, Texas, and I’m working as a Photo Media Intern for Alaska’s Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve this summer. I’m based out of Fairbanks, but I ﬂy to the preserve, located in the eastern Alaskan Interior, for each of my four ten-day-or-so backcountry patrols.
Yes, I know that’s a long way to travel just for a summer internship.
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