Introducing Earth-savers Justin, Chris, and Kenneth. These three guys decided to spend their spring breaks serving the planet with the Student Conservation Association as part of Alternative Spring Break sponsored by American Eagle Outfitters. Last week, they blogged about their service experience from on location in Big Cypress National Preserve, a freshwater swampland neighboring the Everglades in southern Florida. As the presenting sponsor of SCA’s Alternative Spring Break, we’re proud to present their stories here.
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“ASB Big Cypress 2013 will be my third alternative spring break with the Student Conservation Association (I am fairly certain that this must be some kind of record). I previously served as an ASB crew member at Grand Canyon National Park in 2010 and at Joshua Tree National Park just last year. Each of the experiences has been unique and equally exciting. Coming from the past two trips in the desert, I am greatly looking forward to the humid weather awaiting us in Florida this coming week.” Read the rest of Justin’s posts on SCA’s “Follow Me” blog.
“Wrapping up the first full day of ASB with the Student Conservation Association has been a blast! Here is a quick round up of my past 24 hrs: Flew into Ft. Lauderdale around 11:30am yesterday (2nd to arrive!), met some other crew members who were actually on my flight, Erica & Alex, who are from Michigan, met one of the crew leaders, Elliot, then met the rest of the crew/project leaders, Toby & Tim. We shuttled directly to our resting groups in Collire-Seminole State Park, where we will be spending our entire week camping out under the stars. When others started to arrive we set up our tents and dove right into our first few games, ate dinner, and sooner than we knew it, we were resting our heads on the ground, shivering in nighttime temperatures that turned out to be somewhere in the high 30s-low 40s. Pretty cold for spring break in Southern Florida, right?” Read the rest of Chris’s posts on SCA’s “Follow Me” blog.
“Our first stop was the Big Cypress Visitors Center where we were welcomed by the Acting Superintendent of Big Cypress National Preserve. I was surprised to see manatees that swim into the canal to escape the cold of the ocean. We also met with who they call the Red Cockaded Woodpecker expert, Ross Scott, who told us a little bit about the work we will be doing in order to help the woodpeckers.” Read the rest of Kenneth’s posts on SCA’s “Follow Me” blog.