March/April 2012
the conservation corps for Texas and beyond

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Member of the Month
Roy Simpson
Roy S.


Roy is an American YouthWorks Charter School student and new Environmental Corps member. Despite arriving mid-term to our program, Roy has proven himself to be a valuable asset to the Environmental Corps. As the member of the month, he was recently selected to work with the Central Texas Trail Trainers in the Davis Mountains Preserve.  Roy is passionate about trail work, has a consistent positive attitude, and is a strong representative of the Environmental Corps. His interests include the outdoors, hard work, drawing, and cars.
Upcoming Events 
  • 6/2/12-National Trails Day. Visit Austin Parks Foundation for More Details
  • 9/29/12-Public Lands Day. More infor coming soon!

Good Reads 

Interested in the Lost Pines of Bastrop County? 
Check out this blog from the Biodiversity and Biocultural 
Conservation Laboratory at the  University of Texas at Austin.   E-Corps will be working for the next few years with both Bastrop County and Texas Parks and Wildlife to bring this unique ecosystem back to life.



Bastrop State Park Bridge Construction by our Trails Across Texas Crew 




Greetings and Happy Spring Everyone!

I know its been a while, but not only do we have a new swankier newsletter, we have a lot going on! We welcomed 64 new members among seven crews in January, including our Bastrop State Park Recovery Crew and our fourth year of a Trails Across Texas Crew working at State Parks from Big Bend Ranch to Cooper lake in Northeast Texas. We are continuing our great partnership with NPS through our work with the San Antonio Missions and now have a crew spending a month in Big Bend National Park. You should read our blog featuring member stories from the field or visit our Facebook page for daily updates on our crews.  Also, check out our youth members birding with
Hill Country Conservancy  (picture courtesy of HHC).
The Job Spot    
  • E-Corps is Recruiting!!!!  We have positions open for our Bastrop State Park  Fire Recovery Crew and our Trails Across Texas Crew starting in June.  Click here for an application and to find out more.  Come work with us!  Tell your friends to come work with us!
  • Austin Parks Foundation is hiring an Executive Director and Volunteer Coordinator.  Visit APF 
  • The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps is looking for two motivated and determined development professionals.  One position will focus on grant writing and communication, and a second position will oversee events, appeals, and data management.  check out there website for job postings


A San Antonio Story
a tale of killer bees and muddy fun times

Since 2008, E-corps crews have been making the trip to the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park to clean the Spanish colonial irrigation acequias, learn masonry, cut down 

invasive species, install fences, whitewash walls, and repair some of the oldest structures in Texas.  We have sent every type of crew, from young 16

 year old high school Students to trained masonry apprentices who have gone on to architecture school.  Crew members wear the weeks they spend in San Antonio like a badge of honor.  If one crew has been there for two weeks another will contest they survived three.    It's hot, muggy hard work but worth the time to be a part of this incredibly historical park. 


 Our most recent adventures have proved no different. One crew returned after being chased and stung by Africanized honey bees, and although shocking news and awfully uncomfortable for the victims, the crew now had their own San Antonio story to tell.  And stories from the trenches of E-corps are what our members keep with them the rest of their lives.


San Antonio is a rite of passage!  You're tired, dirty, sweaty, annoyed by mosquitoes and sometimes stuck in mud up to your waist.  However, it is time spent with your fellow crew mates and as
 our partner Eddie says,  "You'll look back at this and know you were a part of history."  





Do you have stories about San Antonio? Do you have stories about E-Corps?  email them to me at 




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E-Corps Parents
04-09-2012 15:41:30 PM


Parents of E-Corps

In Environmental Corps I have the privilege of working with many colleagues that inspire me with their work ethic, perseverance, and optimism. I am most impressed by the E-Corps members who show up with a smile on their face, put in a hard day's work, and then go home to their second job- being a parent. E-Corps parents know how to build trails, run chainsaws, and change diapers. When they show up to American YouthWorks on time and prepared for the day, I know that they got up early to get their child ready for preschool as well. I am impressed by their dedication.

When asked about their personal goals, they ubiquitously state that they are not only in E-Corps because they care about the environment; they are also here to make a better future for themselves and their family. It's a physically and mentally demanding job, but there are undeniable perks to being able to support their families with a steady wage, work towards graduation, and earn a scholarship for higher education simultaneously. I love speaking with them about their plans after graduation, and it is always exciting when they talk about wanting to continue conservation work as a career in the future. In addition, they help inspire the next generation of environmental stewards, as they often take their kids to site on the weekends to hike and see what they're working on.

They are great crew members, and they really understand how to help make the crew love each other like family. They are great parents because they are a great example for their kids; they work to help the community, and embody the mission of AmeriCorps- they get things done for America! As a crew leader, it is pleasure to work with young men and women that not only fulfill their responsibilities as crew members, but also inspire all of us to challenge ourselves to aim high and fulfill our goals, in spite of hardship or obstacles. The parents of E-Corps show us all that with intention, hard work, and a positive attitude, we can all achieve success.

Madeline Enos - SLA Crew Leader

American YouthWorks