Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Here's my mailing address for while I'm in New Hampshire:
Stephanie Darden
SCA NHCC-Americorps
159A Deerfield Rd.
Allenstown, NH 03275

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Reading List

So they finally created a google group for all of us to get to know each other before we come to NH. Within this group, they posted a reading list for people who want to read more about what they're going to be doing in NH and the history of the conservation movement and the SCA. I'm actually kinda excited about this, because I've been looking for books to read to kinda get me ready for NH, but I didn't really know where to start. In case anybody else is interested in what they recommended for us to read, I'm posting the list here too.

Classics of the Environmental Movement

▪ On Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson
▪ Walden, Henry David Thoreau
▪ Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
▪ A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold
▪ The Wilderness Adventure Series, John Muir

Environmental Education and Interpretation

▪ Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv
▪ Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education, David Sobel
▪ Interpreting our Heritage, Freeman Tilden

Trail Work

▪ Lightly on the Land: The SCA Trail-Building and Maintenance Manual
(Everything you could ever want to know about trail work – much more interesting than the title suggests.)

New England Natural History

▪ Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History, Tom Wessels

Other Titles on Conservation, Sustainability and Environmental Ethics

▪ Consumer’s Guide to Effective Environmental Choices, Brower and Leon
▪ Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility, Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus
(Rethinking the way we convey messages about the environment: why do we have trouble convincing others about the importance of conservation?)
▪ The Unsettling of America, Wendell Berry
(Discussion on our estrangement from the land as a result of the growth of agribusiness and the decline of small, family owned farms)
▪ The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollen
▪ Crimes Against Nature, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
▪ Blessed Unrest, Paul Hawken
▪ A Contract With the Earth, Newt Gingrich
▪ Our Common Future, UN report on Sustainable Development a.k.a. The Bruntland Report, 1987, 1992.

Friday, October 31, 2008


I need some good book recommendations for when I'm in NH. I know that Linzy will have a whole list for me, but whatever. Michael said that he'd send me books while I'm there, which is totally awesome. But I really want some new authors that I haven't read yet so that I can have a lot of books to read.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Work Boots

This weekend, I'm going to go shopping for some more stuff that I need for New Hampshire. One of the biggest things that I'm going shopping for is a good pair of work boots/heavy duty hiking boots. They have to be 100% leather, and I'll be wearing them for something like 6 months straight. I'm going to REI to get my boots, and I'm super excited! I love shopping for stuff like this. I'll be sure to let everybody know what boots I get because I'll be so excited about them!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

My Job

Here's the job description for the job that I'm going to be doing in New Hampshire.
Education and Trail Crew Member

January 5, 2009 – October 22, 2009

The mission of SCA New Hampshire Conservation Corps is to serve the communities and lands of New Hampshire by accomplishing significant conservation service projects, enhancing and protecting natural areas and providing environmental education to promote the understanding and stewardship of these natural areas. In the tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps, members perform direct hands on service while building their leadership skills and developing their ethic of service and citizenship.

From January through April, members develop and implement hands-on experiential science based curriculum for 4th and 8th grade classrooms in and around Manchester and Allenstown, NH. The schools of Manchester, NH are the most diverse in the state and reflect the changing face of modern New England. Corps members will also serve in multiple after school programs in the area as mentors, tutors and counselors.

As spring arrives in New Hampshire you will transition onto one of our Conservation Crews. From April through October, corps members work on conservation crews that conduct spring cleanup, trail construction, rock staircase and wall construction, restoration and maintenance, shoreline restoration, bridge construction, and painting and historical restoration projects. A typical hitch will consist of working as part of a 6 person crew for 24 days (including 4 days off) in the field doing conservation projects throughout the state. All members return to our basecamp in Bear Brook State Park at the end of each hitch for a rendezvous and debrief followed by an additional 4 days off.

The SCA NH Conservation Corps program is residential by nature and we are based in a camp facility in the heart of 10,000 acre Bear Brook State Park in central New Hampshire. Surrounded by rolling hills, wetlands, ponds, brooks and pine and hemlock forests, our basecamp is an ideal place to live, work and play. You will serve as part of a Corps of 30 members and will share small cabins and a large community lodge. All members assist with camp chores such as facility maintenance, cleaning, cooking, food ordering, administrative duties, snow shoveling, splitting wood, etc… Members who partake in this program will work hard and are expected to contribute and serve as active community members. Together, we will model a sustainable and positive community work ethic.

Members will receive the following trainings and certifications: Wilderness First Responder, CPR, Comprehensive 3-week Education training, Conservation Workskills technical trail skills), Leadership and Conflict Resolution, Grip-hoist and Rigging, Chainsaw certification, teamwork skills, and minimum - impact camping.

Members will receive room and board, health insurance, $75 weekly stipend, $4725 AmeriCorps educational award and pro-purchase opportunities. Members will reside in rustic housing (gas lighting, woodstove heat) and will tent on - site during projects.

Here's the slide show that they sent to me. It shows where I'll be living and what I'll be doing: http://picasaweb.google.com/scanhcc/SCANHCCSlideshow


Getting Ready

This is the blog that I'm going to use to let everybody know what is going on with me while I'm in New Hampshire. I'm going to try to keep up with it as much as possible, but internet connection is going to be limited as well as power outlets.