Project Description

STEWARDSHIP FOR PARKS, JOBS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

SCoCo is back for 2021

Student Conservation Corps is back for 2021, with a special focus on Blakely Harbor Park.

Email [email protected] to sign up.

About SCoCo

The Student Conservation Corps (SCoCo) is a paid fieldwork and volunteer opportunity enhanced with conservation education for local high school students.  The program is provided through a partnership between Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Parks and Recreation District, Sustainable Bainbridge and the Parks Foundation.  The Parks Foundation was the first organization to fund SCoCo and has helped to support the program for seven continuous summers.

SCoCo brings the energies and passions of youth to local environmental work through four program components: a series of spring volunteer application work parties, a paid spring break work program, a paid summer work program, and a fall volunteer planting program.

The employment SCoCo provides to youth in our community simultaneously develops a new generation of environmental stewards while making progress in the battle against noxious weeds on Bainbridge Island. 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 the past 5 years SCoCo has made a significant dent in noxious plant infestation at Blakely Harbor Park, Fort Ward Park, Pritchard Park and Waypoint Woods. We have cleared ivy from over 11,000 trees in over 400 acres. Corps members have worked enthusiastically to make SCoCo the most effective local weed control effort to date. During the Summer Session, local educational speakers present cutting-edge conservation education and career advice to Corps members during their lunch hour.

What SCoCo participants say about the experience

“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 worked 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 manages to employ kids, get them outside, and care for parks all at the same time.”

A community-sponsored program

The Student Conservation Corps is a community-sponsored program. Over the past seven years SCoCo has been made possible with support from the following partners:

Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation • Bainbridge Island Metro Parks & Recreation District • Bainbridge Island Land Trust • Sustatinable Bainbridge • Bainbridge Community Foundation • The Associated Bainbridge Communities (ABC) Conservation/Education Foundation • The Washington Foundation for the Environment • Bainbridge Ace Hardware • Bay Hay & Feed • AmeriCorps • The generosity of many individual donors