SCA Puts Youths on Summer Trail Crew


Above, top row, left to right: Davenee James, Arishaun Christian, Secoya Hendrickson, Donte Smith, Loranny Labady and Lakeshia Joy Hendrickson. Front row: Jamoi Smalls, Kara Conner, and Jean Bartholomew, and at Cinnamon Bay Turnpike below.

Seven student and two leaders  participated in the six-week Student Conservation Association crew  program sponsored by the National Park. The students were paid as a workplace program by the Friends of the V.I. National Park.

“The students worked on Lind Point Trail, where they put in two rock steps, a few rock water bars, brushed and created drain dips,”  according to supervisor Kara Conner. “They worked on Cancel Hill Trail brushing and cleaning out existing dips and water bars.”

“The main accomplishment was the Cinnamon Bay Trail,” Conner said. “The students installed three rock steps, many drain dips and a 20-foot rock turnpike.”

“They completed the trail from start to finish,” she added. “Everything that needed to be maintained was finished.”

The students also had environmental education days including: kayaking in the Coral Reef National Monument, exploring Hassel Island, Archaeology Lab and VI History day, seashore exploration, and they visited the majority of the ruins in St. John.

The students conclude the program with a two-night camp out where they learned how to set up a camp and basic know tying, snorkeled in Maho Bay, and saw bioluminescence.