Neighborhood House is honored and grateful to have team Maple #7 from AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) in residence at the Nature Center this Spring.
The versatile ten-member team from the NCCC North Central Region campus of Vinton, Iowa has been assisting with outdoor education as well as land management. Nature Center visitors will have seen them this month showing the kids and other guests how sap is collected from a maple tree and turned into syrup, helping launch bottle rockets, and leading hikes. They’ve also been busy removing invasive species like prickly ash and providing upkeep with the trails around the site.
“I feel like I have a personal connection to this project,” says team member Samantha from Fresno, California. “Working with children is my passion because I think being a role model is important.”
ABOUT AMERICORPS NCCC: AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and its FEMA Corps unit engages up to 2,800 young Americans in a full-time, 10-month commitment to service each year. AmeriCorps NCCC members address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, and urban and rural development; FEMA Corps members are solely dedicated to disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery work. The programs are administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS is the federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.
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