AmeriCorps at Little Basin

A little over a week ago, Little Basin welcomed Silver 3, an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team consisting of 9 members from across the United States. AmeriCorps NCCC is a federally funded program made up of 18 to 24 year olds who serve in communities where there is a demonstrated need. After 10 months of service, members are awarded the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to use towards post- secondary education, as well as to repay federal student loans. 

 
Silver 3 has previously worked at the Hamilton Wetlands in Novato, CA, doing wetland restoration, in Sheridan, Wyoming, working with Habitat for Humanity to build a house, and in Big Sur, CA, doing trail maintenance with the Ventana Wilderness Alliance. Silver 3 will be living and working at Little Basin for the next few weeks, doing campground maintenance, as well as participating in some outdoor education programs with the Wolf School.
 
In the last week, Silver 3 has jumped right into work with the campground staff, giving all 12 cabins on site a deep cleaning, as well as numerous other buildings, cleaning out storage buildings, and reinforcing a section of bathroom roof that was damaged by a fallen redwood not long ago. Last weekend, members of Silver 3 hiked and gathered information in preparation to lead their own interpretive nature hike this coming Saturday for campground guests. This hike will provide campers with information on Redwood ecology, as well as other local plants and animals naturally found in Little Basin.
 
As previously mentioned, Silver 3 is comprised of 9 members. We’re an eclectic bunch, ranging from the far northeast state of Vermont to the south in the US Virgin Islands. We also range in age from 18 to 24, (although our team leader is older than that) with some being right out of high school, while some have already had "real jobs," to everything in between. Over the next 2 weeks, you’ll get to know us all as we work with the staff here at Little Basin to improve the campground, as well as provide locals the experience of this state park gem, right in their backyards.
 
My name is Savannah Moyer, and I am a 21 year old from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I live with my parents, and my cat, Zippy. Before joining AmeriCorps, I was enrolled in James Madison Univiersity in Harrisonburg, Virginia for 2 years, pursuing a major in Hospitality Management with a minor in Business. I joined AmeriCorps NCCC because I wasn’t quite sure that I wanted to continue in the major I was in, but I didn’t know what else I wanted to do. Then take into account that I go to school out of state, and the fact that I was just plain tired of schooling. Taking this year off was an amazing decision for me, because not only have I found things that I enjoy doing, like aspects of  building a house, and things that I never want to do again, like get poison oak. One of my favorite moments from my service year so far was painting the house we built in Wyoming with girls from the Wyoming Girls School, which is a treatment facility outside of Sheridan for court ordered girls age 12 to 21. I loved working with the girls, as they were so ready to help with whatever we needed, not to mention they were fast workers. Little Basin is our fourth project this year, and I really enjoy being here. My team and I are staying in 2 large cabins on site, and work Tuesday through Saturday, doing everything from washing windows to clearing debris with leaf blowers. Not to mention that the camp itself is beautiful, we’ve also had the opportunity to see lots of wildlife, which is really cool to me. The deer and the banana slugs come out in abundance. Our service year ends in July, and after that I plan to go back to school at James Madison. I’ve realized in this program that not only can I do anything I put my mind to, but that I really miss working in the hospitality field, and I feel like I excel in it. In July, I’m sure I’ll miss the places I’ve worked, but I’m ready to be home again. I hope you enjoy meeting the rest of my team during the next 2 weeks!