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STUDENT CONSERVATION

ASSOCIATION

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In partnership, for the past few years, Furr High School and Student Conservation Association have provided paid summer internship opportunities. Internships take place during the summer, allowing students to gain access and insight of natural resources with Houston Parks and Recreation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

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The Student Conservation Association, more commonly known as SCA, is an organization that focuses on the protection and restoration of national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community green spaces in all 50 states.

 

SCA’s goal is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land. Its founder, Liz Putnam, formed SCA in 1953 while still attending Vassar College, Liz modeled SCA on the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps and enlisted student volunteers to assist with the upkeep of U.S. national parks and public spaces.

 

Liz first outlined her concept in her senior thesis, then aided by colleague and fellow Vassar alumna Martha Hayne Talbot, Liz secured the interest and support of officials in the National Park Service. The first SCA volunteers arrived at Grand Teton and Olympic National Parks in 1957, now SCA chapters can be found across the country serving at the community and national level. The program was seen to benefit students, the environment, and the national parks, where surging visitation rates had outpaced maintenance budgets. This year SCA reached its 63rd year anniversary and continues to work towards their goal of protection and restoration for many more generations to come. This page is dedicated to the hard work of the 2020 Summer Furr-SCA Crew. Thank you to all for your commitment to our community and keeping our community garden alive. 

SCA-Houston Chapter has been with Furr High School for about 6 years, providing Furr students with paid internships, that allow students to gain access and insight of natural resources with Houston Parks and Recreation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Because of this, SCA’s students learn about different species of wildlife and species of plants while building community. These internships allow the students to gain a sense of work ethic, a stronger feeling of purpose, and more education outside the classroom. “I would always tell them it would be a good resume builder, you’ll get a lot of skills in conservation and ethics not just a job,” Mr. Reyes said. 

 

Now more than ever it is important for youth to engage with the outdoors and learn the importance of living and working with the land harmoniously. The cause of the pandemic caused the closure of everything from school to shopping centers and pushed everyone to shelter at home. The one thing that always thrives and is left running is nature. Trees, vegetables, and herbs did not pack up and hide as we faced the pandemic, they stayed rooted and survived until it was safe for community spaces to reopen, like the ones at Herman Brown Park. This summer the students at Furr rose to the challenge as SCA interns, tending to the garden and nurturing green spaces around the community. By being outdoors, the crew felt an immense amount of stress relief and were happier because they had something meaningful that would not only benefit them, but also their community. Their world was crucial for the community garden to thrive, which is why the interns had a strong sense of ambition and drive to do their best. You can find more pictures of SCA in our photography album. Special thanks to the SCA Crew leaders, Valeria, Rianna, and Mr.Reyes. Gracias por todo. 

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Important Facts

The importance of being outdoors is quite crucial and could very greatly benefit a person’s health and mental state. According to Ask the Scientists, being outdoors relieves stress, strengthens immunity, sharpens your focus, and calms the mind of depression and anxieties. Ask the Scientists states, “Spending time in nature relieves stress in teens and adults. Bloodstream levels of the stress hormone cortisol are lowered after time spent outside.

 

For a group of male students in China, those who spent their break from school hiking and camping returned with lower cortisol levels than those who spent time in the city. And these lower cortisol levels persisted for several days after their retreat to the wilderness. The results suggest regular trips outdoors are a reliable way to manage stress. Experiences in nature are low cost and accessible to everyone.

 

For the next long weekend, choose to spend time in nature over a trip to the city. You will reduce your stress load and return feeling rejuvenated.” For calming the mind, they stated, “Anxiety and depression can be crippling. Coping with mental illness is difficult and methods vary from person to person. Most physicians and therapists recommend regular exercise in addition to therapy and medication. Getting that recommended exercise outdoors can help ease emotional and mental pain while improving mood. There are several physical responses our bodies have to being in nature. Sitting outside can reduce blood pressure, lower heart rate, and decrease cortisol levels. When we are outside our body slows down, helping us feel peaceful and calm. Our minds work in a similar way. Spending time outside improves mood and reduces feelings of anxiety. We can focus better in nature, and our improved concentration can help us address feelings of stress and anxiety. Self-esteem can also receive a boost after time spent wandering outdoors. Peace and mental clarity is a big reason why being outside is important.” By being outdoors, your immune system is healthily challenged, unlike when you’re constantly indoors. As you involve yourself in outdoor activities, your body begins to develop more white blood cells to fight off new sicknesses, which greatly boosts your immune system.