Blackberries, Bald Eagles, and Bear Mountain: Adventures on SCA "EE Days"

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Victoria Pennacchio

The last couple of weeks working for SCA have been amazing! I feel so close to my fellow crew members that I no longer view them as coworkers, but as friends. While on the job we try to help each other out as best we can; we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, so we act as one unit, one team, instead of as individuals. This camaraderie extends outside of work as well. I’ve gained new friendships because of SCA and I am eternally grateful for it.

We not only bond as we construct fences or build slopes in sand dunes, but also during our weekly "EE day" (or environmental education day). These are educational trips that each crew goes on every Friday. Our destination varies week by week, but the trips always revolve around teaching us something new, and usually pertain to nature. I love these days because I get to visit places I’ve never been before. For example, one Friday my crew and the Fort Wadsworth crew visited the Statue of Liberty. I’ve been a New Yorker my whole life and yet I never saw one of the most iconic monuments in history! The SCA gave me this opportunity, and without SCA, I would probably still be waiting to see the Statue.

Another one of my favorite EE days was our trip to Bear Mountain. It was absolutely gorgeous and the views were spectacular—standing on High Point truly took my breath away. I also loved visiting the Bear Mountain zoo.  Being so close to brown bears and bald eagles was truly exhilarating. One of our last trips was to Terhune Orchard, where we were given a tour of the farm. We were then allowed to pick our own blackberries, which was a lot of fun. For me, however, the best part had to be the apple cider and donuts we received.

I think it is wonderful that SCA provides days to learn and have fun as a crew. We work very hard throughout the week, so giving us a day to explore makes us appreciate our jobs even more. The SCA values our efforts and we can tell; that is why I love going to work each day.

Carolyn Lucey

AEO Crew Leader
Gateway National Recreation Area
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Jamal Garcia

AEO Crew Member
Gateway National Recreation Area
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James Coyle

Leader Team Member
Gateway National Recreation Area
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Molly Lewen

Sandy Crew One Member
Sandy Hook
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Vicki Rubino

Leader Team Leader
Gateway National Recreation Area
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Victoria Pennacchio

SCA Crew Member
Gateway National Recreation Area
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