And Now We Begin

Member orientation is complete! After one slow, but informative week in the classroom, all the crews headed out to Bastrop State Park for a week of hands on training. After chainsaw training, trail work overview, and a lot of bonding, the crews will head straight into projects and spikes. Check out our Current Projects page to see where the crews will be working!

Program Director Chris Sheffield takes members on a nature walk.
Members prepare for their first spike trip.
Chainsaw training.
Testing the theories.
Bucking and limbing lesson.
Tension and compression lesson.
Lesson learned!
Chainsaw art.

Tricklin' Through the Seasons

As the winter air settles in and the new year begins, my mind is focused on another season at American YouthWorks. Having worked with E-Corps for 2 seasons, I am just as excited for the upcoming one as I was for the first. One of the greatest joys that come with the work is the sense of belonging. I know that the people that I am about to meet will become family which is a beautiful thing. While we all grow on an individual basis, we all grow as a family too. A family that learns how to work hard, enjoy life and truly understand the meaning of a hard days work. Before we know it, the winter air will have retreated and the members of e-corps will be flourishing as the spring air descends.

Patrick Helton

Patrick will be a member on the Bastrop State Park Restoration Crew.

Patrick felling a hazard tree in Bastrop State Park after the wildfire.