Thursday, October 6, 2016

SCA interns make conservation connection for girls

Christina guides Girl Scouts and volunteers through a
watershed activity at Journeypalooza.
Student Conservation Association (SCA) interns Ariel Barasch and Christina Spohn teamed up to bring a watershed moment to Girl Scout Journeypalooza at Camp Redwing on Sept. 23.

Ariel, who is the Curriculum and Training intern at GSWPA, created a curriculum to help Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts understand how people impact a community's watershed and its freshwater supplies.

Christina, the council's Education and Outreach intern, conducted the hands-on activities at Journeypalooza based on Ariel's curriculum.

During one activity, girls used aluminum foil and washable markers to create a model of how watersheds are formed.

"Watersheds help girls see the bigger picture of where they live and how what goes in their local creek will end up traveling across the country and into the Gulf of Mexico," explained Christina.

The interns' work at GSWPA focuses on conservation education, which Christina says is best taught by connecting conservation to girls' everyday lives.

"Talking about the pollutants in the huge Ohio River watershed while standing next to the small Connoquenessing Creek at Redwing can help girls make that connection," she said

The SCA internships at GSWPA are part of collaboration between GSUSA and the Student Conservation Association (SCA) that is funded by a grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation. This pilot program include five councils: GSWPA, Girl Scouts of Alaska, Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, Girl Scouts of Greater New York, and Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan.

Conservation gets Creepy

Don't miss the SCA interns at Camp Creepy, the annual Halloween festival at GSWPA camps.

Ariel will be all about bats at Camp Redwing on Saturday, Oct. 8, sharing bat facts and fun activities including making "Bat Bites" snacks. She'll also be on hand for the "Ask Ariel" station to answer in-depth questions about conservation.

Christina has partnered with the Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center to provide a live owl program Camp Hawthorne Ridge's event on Saturday, Oct. 22. The center will be bringing a few owls and a hawk along with educational materials so participants can learn about raptor adaptations and the work that the center does to care for injured wild animals.