All Blog Posts Tagged 'Southeast' (17)

Osceola National Forest - R8 YGO Corps - April

Happy almost Friday! Everyone sounds like they are having a great time in their internships so far and learning a lot! 

I have also been very busy lately with a couple different things. My main focus has been on environmental education training and gearing up for the summer. In the last month I have been lucky enough to attend a Project Learning Tree (PLT) Southeastern…


Added by Hailey Baker on May 7, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Osceola National Forest - R8 YGO Corps

There has been a lot of learning going on during my first two months of my internship here at the Osceola National Forest in Florida! I have interned with other State and Federal agencies, but this is my first Forest Service internship! I find it interesting learning the ropes of the different agencies on state and federal levels. My time with the Forest Service will…


Added by Hailey Baker on April 7, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

My experience

This is officially my last week interning in the Washington DC office under Alvi Seda. I have had a blast so far; this summer has exceeded my expectations and has helped me remember why I love conservation work.  I have only three days left here in the office and I expect to stay busy and help anyone I can. 

Thank you to all those that I met this summer and to those who helped make this a truly unique internship that…


Added by Christopher Harris on July 30, 2012 at 9:04am — 4 Comments

Day 13

Right now, the crew is sitting in an air-conditioned stage-room-auditorium-esque place. We are listening to a woman who is telling us how to behave in a professional interview. This seems ironic and somewhat comical considering we, the trail crew of Dumbarton Oaks, were pulling invasives out of a swamp at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington DC.

To explain: there is a lily festival tomorrow at the gardens and today's task was to make the gardens presentable for said festival.…


Added by Rock Creek II on July 20, 2012 at 5:11pm — 1 Comment

Day 12

Today turned out to be a really good day. I think my favorite day yet. In the morning, we continued chopping down Tree of Heaven and in the afternoon I worked with Rebecca to free native trees of invasive vines. I really got the hang of taking out invasives like porcelain berry and bittersweet. It was very satisfying when, within a few minutes, I could free a tree of the strangling vines. I'm a little bit sad to be moving on from invasive work, but the crew is really vibing well. …


Added by Rock Creek II on July 19, 2012 at 5:39pm — No Comments

Day 11

Today we started off by cutting the buds off of invasive thistle that is spreading in Meadow 1, so the seeds wouldn't sprout and spread. We proceeded to cut many little bushes of honeysuckle and place them into piles.

The Highlight:
We cut down trees today and gained lumberjack experience! We all had turns working together in groups and cut down 5 trees in all... it's harder than it looks.
In all we had a great day and a hot one. Today happened to be a Code Red…

Added by Rock Creek II on July 18, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Outdoor Nation Austin Summit

This past weekend I went to Austin for the Outdoor Nation summit. It was nothing like I expected; the room was high energy and everyone there legitimately wanted to do something about getting kids outside and bring conservation work to many areas. I was lucky enough to join a group that happened to come up with an amazing project. We called out project Green BaYou.

The overall goal of Green BaYou is to enable and invest in the Houston communities and to encourage them to get involved…


Added by Christopher Harris on July 17, 2012 at 11:50am — 4 Comments

Day 9

Today was our first day working with invasive plants. We were joined by SCA's Invasive Crew, along with the President and Executive Director of the Dumbarton Oaks Conservancy, Anne and Rebecca, and a Rock Creek Park invasive plant specialist, Ana.

We learned how to identify bush honeyscukle and linden viburnum (viburnum dilatatum). We worked in the Beech Grove, removing both species. We then moved to the Old Farm Road, and worked on removing bush honeysuckle. After lunch we hiked up…


Added by Rock Creek II on July 16, 2012 at 9:12pm — 1 Comment

Outdoor Nation Austin Texas Summit

Hi folks,

I am writing from the Southwest terminal in Houston, Texas. As I sit here reflecting back on this weekends summit, I can't help but!!! What an amazing event. I arrived in Houston, Texas late Thursday night after having a layover in Austin. Why would I fly out of Austin to go to Houston to drive back to Austin most people must be thinking? Well the answer is simple. I traveled to Houston to pick up a bunch of amazing SCA alumni in order to drive them down to Austin… Continue

Added by Alvi Seda on July 16, 2012 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

day 5 blog

we went to a garden to evaluate and learned about the place. i enjoy going on a scavenger hunt of different trees that were named after a state. i am happy that our team won. we went to another garden and pick and see different fruits. we made potatoes with the  other stuff. the mint plant taste and smell like it ,today was just enjoyable for me.

Added by Arion eric Holmes on July 13, 2012 at 7:36pm — No Comments

Day 8

Today we went to the Arboretum to evaluate and learn about the place. I enjoyed going on a scavenger hunt of different state's official trees. I am also happy that our team won Capture-the-Flag and Ninja. We went to Washington Youth Garden to pick and see different fruits. We made potatoes with the other stuff. The mint plant tastes and smell like it; today was just enjoyable for…


Added by Rock Creek II on July 13, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Day 7

Today was our last day working on the infamous Montrose Slope. We have put in about 6 water bars/check steps which, recent storms can attest, have helped channel water more precisely to either side of the trail. Today's work included moving several more truck loads of dirt, lots of tamping, countless wheelbarrow-fuls sprinted up the step incline, and half our legs striped from bucket-rim bruises. I'm really proud of the tough work this crew has embraced, even though we were down Lumberjack,…


Added by Rock Creek II on July 12, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Day 6

We started the day by evening the way,

We evened the trail with dirt.

We were sweating water was drunk

And we worked with sweat filled shirts

We moved some dirt,

Our arms did hurt

But our team worked hard

With the sweat on our shirts.

Our team so proud,

We got things done,

We did some activities

The work was so much fun.

Piles of dirt moved in buckets

Resting won't cut it

We worked well in a…


Added by Rock Creek II on July 11, 2012 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Day 5

Moved more dirt today. That gets old, but seeing how the trail is getting shaped is satisfying. I really like the crew. As Cody said, we are past the crew honeymoon phase, but we are also working really well together. Doing this trail work makes me excited to get to invasives next week.



Added by Rock Creek II on July 10, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Day 4

Another good day at work. We were reshaping the trail today and put in check steps to stop some of the water from flowing places we don't want. We worked through some people who were talking smack most of the day. But we worked through it as a crew, and it might have even brought us closer.


Added by Rock Creek II on July 9, 2012 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Day 1

Finished. The crew is a definite success. Everyone gets along well and works together terrifically. The work was somewhat trivial, but it was fun to saw (the crew has successfully become addicted to bow saws). Heavy lifting through carrying cut logs was a good workout and got the blood flowing. Although our work may be proven futile by the next storm that rolls through, it is nice to see the trail cleared of debris. Day 1: Success. And we're definitely looking forward to the rest of the…


Added by Rock Creek II on July 3, 2012 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Environmetal Sustainability Internship reflections, week_5

Hello all,

It's week five, so that means I am more than a month into my "Sustainable Journey" here at VCU. What a great experience I am having. Yes I am working. Hahaha But to tell you the truth this kind of work is quite satisfying to me, as I feel like the work I am doing is going to help lessen the impact VCU dining is making on the environment. That means a whole lot to me and I am glad I am in a position to actually help organize, implement, and continuously improve upon green…


Added by Bryan Zingmark on June 29, 2012 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

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