Nature Center Hosts Americorps NCCC Crew

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

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