The Senior Environment Corps (SEC) program engages volunteers mostly aged 55 and over. SEC volunteers are engaged in numerous activities from water quality monitoring, stream habitat assessment, storm-drain stenciling, environmental education, community gardening, wildlife surveying, marking abandoned oil and gas wells, and cleaning up parks and trails.
Since 1997, SEC volunteers in Pennsylvania have contributed over 2,000,000 hours, and their contribution is estimated to be of value to the state at over $3 million per year. Coming into 2013, SEC volunteers are active in 18 counties across Pennsylvania, and will soon be expanding into Lackawanna, Cambria, York, Berks, and Lehigh Counties.
Nature Abounds is currently expanding the SEC program into Maryland. With the support of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, we are piloting a group in the Baltimore area and a group in Western Maryland. SEC volunteers here will be trained for baseline water quality monitoring.
Members of the PaSEC
help to replace a footbridge at a local park that had been damaged due to
flooding in the area.
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