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The Bainbridge Island Land Trust protects and preserves private property as well as acquires land for parks and trails.

Student Conservation Corps

High School Students: Do you love being outside? Enjoy doing something different every day? Have a passion for the environment?

The Student Conservation Corps is hiring high school students for spring and summer work sessions to remove invasive species from Parks and Land Trust properties. Read on to find out more!

                         SCoCo members in action! 


Summer 2015 SCoCo Schedules

SUMMER 2015 BIMPRD Student Conservation Corps: June 22nd to July 8th. 9:30 am-2:30 pm:   

Monday 6/22 Ted Olson Nature Preserve
Tuesday /23 Hawley Cove
Wednesday 6/24 Hawley Cove
Thursday 6/25 Gazzam/Veterane
Friday 6/26 Gazzam/Veterane

Monday 6/29 Blakely Harbor
Tuesday 6/30 East Grand Forest/Hilltop
Wednesday 7/1 East Grand Forest/Hilltop
Thursday 7/2 Fort Ward

Monday 7/6 Blakely Harbor
Tuesday 7/7 BIPF Day or Meigs Park
Wednesday 7/8 West Port Madison and Fay Bainbridge

Bainbridge Island Land Trust SCoCo Session: July 13th to 17th. 9:30am-2:30pm:

Locations and dates TBA!

You can also find upcoming work party information on SCoCo's Facebook page.

 

If you have more questions and interested in knowing more about the 2015 SCoCo program, please contact Clarice Cutler at bainbridgescoco@gmail.com or Becca Nissley at (206) 842-1216 or becca@bi-landtrust.org. 

 

More About the Student Conservation Corps:


The Student Conservation Corps or "SCoCo" is a field work and volunteer opportunity enhanced with conservation education for local high school students. SCoCo brings the energies and passions of youth to local environmental work through five program components: a spring series of volunteer application-work-parties, a spring break work program, a summer work program, a Bainbridge Island Land Trust work program, and a fall volunteer program. SCoCo provides jobs to youth in our community, simultaneously developing a new generation of environmental stewards while making progress in the battle against noxious weeds.


SCoCo is supported by the Bainbridge Island Land Trust by providing matching funds for projects on Land Trust conserved properties and managerial assistance through BILT's AmeriCorps Volunteer. In addition, a private conservation easement landowner may choose to hire SCoCo to assist with restoration work on their property.



SCoCo members work to control invasive weeds in our island's parks and protected open spaces, methodically achieving goals outlined in the Park District's Invasive Plant Management Plans. In 2015, The Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District (BIMPRD) is once again offering 24 Student Conservation Corps positions as a part of ongoing stewardship efforts in our parks, in partnership with the Bainbridge Island Land Trust and Sustainable Bainbridge. The Student Conservation Corps aims to foster a new generation of environmental stewards.



The Student Conservation Corps is a successful part of a multi-pronged effort, involving hundreds of volunteers, to manage the English ivy, Scotch broom, and other invasive weeds which threaten the vitality and beauty of Bainbridge Island parks. In the past five years, SCoCo has made a significant dent in noxious plant infestation at Blakely Harbor Park, Fort Ward Park, Fay Bainbridge, and Pritchard Park. We have cleared ivy from over 8,000 trees in over 200 acres. Corps members have worked enthusiastically to make SCoCo the most effective local weed control effort to date. The Park District has adopted this program to encourage youth to make a difference while gaining a paycheck for their contributions and learning the science and methodology of protect our habitat. Lunch break presentations bring locally sourced, cutting-edge conservation education to Corps members. 


If you are a private conservation easement land owner interested in having SCoCo on your property, please contact Becca Nissley, BILT's AmeriCorps volunteer at (206) 842-1216 or e-mail becca@bi-landtrust.org.




Quotes from SCoCo Members:

"This program definitely tested my physical endurance/stamina, but also was immensely satisfying. I enjoyed getting to know people I'd never met before and working hard with the knowledge that what I was doing did make a difference ... Thanks again for giving me this amazing experience!"

"Thanks for another great year of SCoCo! I think we had an awesome group this year . . . I enjoyed all of our speakers  and I also enjoyed being able to work at different parks this year - it made the program more interesting and allowed us to tackle a greater variety of projects."

"The Student Conservation Corps is AWESOME! Also, we're saving the earth and all that, rather than flipping burgers."

SCoCo is a community sponsored program. Over the past four years, The Student Conservation Corps has been made possible with support from the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation, The Bainbridge Community Foundation, The Associated Bainbridge Communities (ABC) Conservation/Education Foundation, The Washington Foundation for the Environment, Bainbridge Ace Hardware, Bay Hay and Feed and AmeriCorps, as well as with contributions from generous community members.


 

   

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