Instead of working at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, the crew was headed to a new location: Soundview Park in the Bronx. I was horriﬁed when our crew leaders shared information about the carnivorous black ﬂies in the salt marsh where we would be working. The shocking news had me worrying for the rest of the day: “What if a ﬂy takes a chunk out of my face?”
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PaHoua Lee | July 26, 2014
Sea lions, and monkeyface eels, and kayaking oh my! Everyone loves Fridays, including SCA crews. A wonderful aspect of participating in a Community Crew is the fact that Fridays are designated as environmental education days. Crew leaders plan activities and trips that expose crew members to local initiatives, green businesses, and recreational experiences.
Nicole Catino | July 17, 2014
Amosh Neupane | July 17, 2014
What’s the difference between an axe-mattock, a pick-mattock, and a pick-axe? Which rake is better, the hard or the soft one? How does one separate a poison ivy plant from other, non-harmful shrubs? What’s the best thing about mugwort? I could go on with the questions… This ﬁrst week has been all about questions for me.
PaHoua Lee | July 16, 2014
Removing invasive plant species can be really fun! Until of course, the week has passed and you realize you’ve spent the entire time removing invasive plants… and somehow you have managed to get poison oak not just on your arms, but your ankles as well… Whoo! Welcome to our ﬁrst week this season!
PaHoua Lee | July 15, 2014
The work has begun! Each morning we pick up crew members in downtown Richmond, California, and drive to our ﬁrst location at Wildcat Canyon Regional Park. With easy access to 2500 acres, this area is a popular place for residents interested in day hikes and barbequing.
PaHoua Lee | July 7, 2014
My parents were born and raised in Laos. They were farmers, built homes from mud and plants, and did their best to live off the land. Although they immigrated to the United States in 1985, their love of farming has persisted to this day. I was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and each summer of my childhood was spent alongside my mother in garden plots my family rented, shaping beds for seeds and seedlings, watering and weeding by hand, building structures for green beans and peas. Our hard work was rewarded with a harvest of succulent fruit and vegetables each season.
Amosh Neupane | July 7, 2014
To many people, the thought of spending the summer outside working under the sun isn’t a pleasing prospect. The sweat, the sunburn, the awkward tan lines, the freckles, and all the other downsides of outdoor labor make people desire an air-conditioned oﬃce workspace over something outdoorsy.
Nicole Catino | July 7, 2014
The air is hot and humid, the days are long, when it’s not raining the sun is shining (imagine that), which can only mean one thing… that it’s ﬁnally summer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! And in my SCA Green Cities position working on the Black and Gold City Goes Green campaign, summatime means it’s blitz time.
Marinell Chandler | June 19, 2014
This post originally appeared on Denali National Park’s Runnin’ With the Kennels blog. Above photo: 2014 SCA Summer Kennel Interns, Kelly Bell and Marinell Chandler
Eric Magnus | May 14, 2014
Eric here with a look back at the last leg of the “CONSERVATION ROCK TOUR ALL STAR GREAT AMERICAN ROAD TRIP ECO-FRIENDAPOLOZA ‘14” that Dan and I have been immersed in for the past month, otherwise known as Reverb and L.L. Bean’s Campus Consciousness Tour.
Eric Magnus | May 5, 2014
After a short break we’re back on the road with the Reverb Campus Consciousness Tour, hitting 6 schools in 7 days and covering nearly 2000 miles!
Jean Bartholomew | April 29, 2014
On Saturday, rain and clouds gave way to sunny, warm weather for our ﬁnal “Heart This City” service event in Point State Park. 80 volunteers from across Pittsburgh turned up to join AEO and SCA volunteers. It was exciting to see groups from Pittsburgh Cares, Pitt, CMU, Duquesne, the SCA Green Cities fellows, and Southwest employees join in the action to Heart our City!
Jean Bartholomew | April 24, 2014
Stacy Stone | April 21, 2014
What a great day for a service project in the Crescent City! Bad weather forced us to reschedule the project earlier this month, so we were ecstatic to be back in New Orleans, this time with sunshine and clear blue skies. The weather was a great indicator of how we’d feel by the end of the day, with yet another fantastic project completed! Upon driving into the project site we ﬁnally saw the beautiful New Orleans edition of the “HeART This City” mural by street artist Totem.
Eric Magnus | April 16, 2014
As we arrived in Miami, the balmy night air breezing in through our rental car made this much clear: our winter was over. Where Dan and I live in New York City, this year’s relentlessly cold weather made Spring seem like a distant dream, even in the second week of April.
Stacy Stone | April 15, 2014
This Saturday Chicago showed us what it means to HeART This City! Over 50 volunteers gathered at Our Lady of Tepeyac School to spruce up the playground and ﬁnish an amazing mural by street artist Nina Palomba. We teamed up with local SCA leaders and staff and spent the morning with volunteers painting, mulching, and planting a butterﬂy garden in the school’s playground.
Jean Bartholomew | April 12, 2014
We made it to the Windy City! This week, I arrived with the stellar “HeART this City” team and immediately set to prepping for Saturday’s event. Chicago has been warm and sunny, much to my surprise. Spring in this city is signiﬁcantly nicer than I expected!
Jean Bartholomew | April 7, 2014
We made it to New Orleans! And then out of New Orleans a little earlier than expected, but more on that later. This city’s charm immediately captivated me - I can ﬁrmly say that I Heart this City! This being my ﬁrst time to NOLA, I was so excited to work and discover the town. Upon arrival, we immediately took a stroll around City Park, marveling at the beautiful trees, sculpture garden, and the people boating by.
Jean Bartholomew | March 23, 2014
What a day! It was so exciting to see so many people come out to the kick-off event for HeART This City. We started out the day bright and early at 7am to begin setting up for the day’s activities. I got to work preparing my domain - the registration table. We adorned it with our sweet limited-edition t-shirts, water bottles, SCA sunglasses, and breakfast. Meanwhile, my compadres began prepping the timber for planter box construction.