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Skidmore Student Conservation Corps

In 2012, the Environmental Studies Program and Sustainable Skidmore collaborated to create the Skidmore Student Conservation Corps (SSCC). Combining readings, classroom discussion, and experiential learning focused on conservation, the SSCC gives students the opportunity to learn about conservation, apply their new skills in maintaining natural space, and develop leadership skills by conducting campus and community-based conservation workshops. In the past, the SSCC has worked with community organizations like Wilton Wildlife and Saratoga PLAN, and has worked extensively in Skidmore's North Woods. Students participating in the SSCC program earn 2 credits through a coordinated Independent Study.

The SCCC meets biweekly during the semester to discuss their work and readings and to plan future projects. The agenda for the 2013–2014 academic year includes a return to Wilton Wildlife Park and Preserve, helping Saratoga P.L.A.N., and working with North Woods Stewards to improve trails.

Other corps activities have includes cleanup days in Skidmore’s North Woods, faculty lectures, and even a spoon-carving workshop where students craft their own spoons from branches. In the classroom (and during the winter), SSCC members read articles about conservation work that relate to their academic interests. The topics range from the expected environmental studies to connections to business and management.

For an application or more information, please contact Professor Michael Marx, Environmental Studies Program Director ( or the Sustainable Skidmore (


Conservation is a state of harmony between [people] and land. By land is meant all of the things on, over, or in the earth. Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. . . The land is one organism. Its parts, like our own parts, compete with each other and co-operate with each other. The competitions are as much a part of the inner workings as the co-operations. You can regulate them—cautiously—but not abolish them.
(Aldo Leopold, “The Round River”)