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Got to go down one of our forest roads pretty deep in the forest today to make a plan to replace a gate and to look for danger trees that will need to be felled before the spring season. #usfs #giffordpinchotnationalforest #americorps #mtadamsinstitute #vetswork #oldmanpass #forestservice ...

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This week is Americorps week. For 25 years now Americorps members have been serving communities and preserving our public lands across America. I would like to take this day to thank Americorps and the Mt Adams institute for giving me the opportunity to serve with the US Forest Service and help preserve our national forests for future generations to enjoy. #dayofthea #americorps #mtadamsinstitute #usforestservice #giffordpinchotnationalforest #mtadams #troutlake #vetsworkenvironment #vetswork #optoutside #pnwlife #exploremore #staywild #keepitwild #mountainvibes #theoutbound #wildernessculture #discoverearth #exploremore #stayandwander #welivetoexplore #earthpix #chooseadventure #choosemountains #ourwild #liveyouradventure #greettheoutdoors #theoutdoorfolk #getoutstayout #optoutside ...

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Went back to the man made habitat this morning to count Oregon spotted frog eggs. In 7 days the amount of eggs in one area almost tripped and it’s still been we’ll below freezing at night. I’d say this has been totally successful for the Oregon spotted frogs!! Hopefully they flourish here this summer. #frogstuff #frogman #frogs #oregonspottedfrog #wildlifehabitat #wildlifebiology #americorps #vetswork #mtadamsinstitute #troutlake #mountainlife #giffordpinchotnationalforest ...

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When working a few hours drive from home with the road crew, clearing forest roads of downed trees and fallen rocks it’s best to just stay the night at work. Especially when work is one of the most beautiful places on this planet. #vetswork #americorps #mtadamsinstitute #giffordpinchotnationalforest #usforestservice #earthpix #discoverearth #zpacksduplex #zpacks #oldgeowthforest #nikonphotographer #nikonphotography #nikoncamera #wildernessculture #keepitwild ...

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This old growth forest deep in the Gifford Pinchot National forest was amazing. Look at the size of this Doug Fir !! #oldgrowthforest #dougfir #americorps #vetswork #mtadamsinstitute #earthpix #optoitside #greettheoutdoors #liveypuradventure #ourwild #choosemountains #stayandwander #wildernessculture #staywild #traveltheglobe #lifeofadventure #wanderfolk #folktravel #earthofficial #lonelyplanet #nikonphotography #nikon #photographer #naturephotography ...

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The new work place . It’s a little different than a welding shop. I’m so happy to be here! #mtadamsinstitute #vetswork #usforestservice #giffordpinchotnationalforest #mountainlife ...

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Took down the signs in front of the ranger station today to do some rehab work on them and put on a new coat of paint. #usfs #mtadamsinstitute #vetswork #americorps #troutlakerangerstation #troutlake #mountaintown #mtadams #signwork #nationalforests ...

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Some of the biggest old growth Douglas fur and cedar trees I have ever seen in my life were in this section of forest. I also saw a bobcat and two different black bears while staying in this area. #paradise #zpacks #zpacksduplex #appgearco #appgearteam #vetswork #mtadamsinstitute #optoitside #theoutdoorfolk #greettheoutdoors #ourwild #choosemountains #earthpix #chooseadventure #discoverearth #wildernessculture #theoutbound #mountainvibes #keepitwild #staywild ...

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Today I got to go to a local school to help teach 1st graders about wildfire safety and awareness. This is me putting on the Smokey the Bear suit. #usfs #wildfiresafety #smokeythebear #mtadamsinstitute #vetswork #usforestservice #nationalforest #giffordpinchotnationalforest ...

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Got about 16 hours of stick time in this week clearing the mountain roads in this beast. It’s honestly kinda freaky in some areas operating next to cliffs. Definitely my favorite work I’ve done for the forest service so far. #vetswork #americorps #mtadamsinstitute #veteranproud ...

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Topped out on #mtadams last weekend. This feeling will never get old. #windyaf #mtadamsinstitute ...

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Sunrise over Lake Barkley burning off the early morning fog



#landbetweenthelakes #naturephotography #nature #nationalrecreationarea #sunrise #fog #lakebarkley #tennessee #contrast #reflection #reflectionphotography #explore #hiking #naturegram #burnoff #mtadamsinstitute #vetswork
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AmeriCorps alumnae Hannah and Emma from our Public Lands Stewards program were #MadeInAmeriCorps.

During their service in AmeriCorps they received crosscut and chainsaw certifications, hiked hundreds of miles, and spent multiple 8-day trips in the Wilderness to complete projects and educate visitors. These ladies are total rockstars!

Were you #MadeInAmeriCorps? Share your experience with us!
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Our Public Lands Stewards are graduated and off to their next adventures! During their 6 month @americorps internship, they worked for agencies such as the Forest Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Oregon State Parks, and WREN. Their projects involved environmental education, plant and wildlife surveying, wilderness backcountry patrols, and trail work.

We thank them for enhancing our public lands and natural resources and wish them the best of luck!

#mtadamsinstitute #publiclandsstewards #americorps #graduation #service #publiclands
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Super grateful I was able to get out of the home office today and do some campground maintenance, as well as have an awesome lunch view. Btw this is work we are able to do at a safe distance* #vetswork #americorps #mtadamsinstitute #forestservice #recreationcrew #umpquanationalforest #lunchtime #spring ...

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Construction on our bunkhouse has commenced! Superstars, VetsWork alum Austin and new VetsWork member Jon, began renovations this week to make our bunkhouse handicap accessible by widening the door frames and installing ramps. Thank you to all our AmeriCorps members, past and present for continuing to enhance our communities even through this challenging time!

#feelgoodfriday #mtadamsinstitute #vetswork #americorps #nationalservice #grateful #getthingsdone
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Happy Earth Week!! On this 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, join us in cleaning up our local communities with a litter challenge. From 4/22 until the end of the month, during walks around your neighborhood, show our beautiful planet some love and pick up as much trash as you can! Here are the ways you can participate:
-Take a picture or video with your litter, post it to your social media, tag us @mtadamsinstitute, and use the hashtag #earthdaycleanup20
-Download the Litterati app and submit your progress towards our goal of 5,000 pieces of litter. Search code 677689 for Columbia Gorge Earth Day Clean-Up.

Remember, make sure to wear appropriate protective equipment like gloves when handling litter and wash your hands when you return home.
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#TBT to 2015, the first year of VetsWork GreenCorps!

This #americorps program is for folks interested in wildland fire management. After training for 13 weeks, the crew is hired on by the Forest Service as Wildland Firefighters for the season!
#mtadamsinstitute #vetswork #greencorps #wildlandfire #americorpsweek #serve
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As we wrap up #EarthWeek and #VolunteerWeek we want to thank all of our AmeriCorps members who contributed over 57,000 hours of service to our public lands. Because of you, folks will be able to enjoy places like this for years to come!

#mtadamsinstitute #americorps #nationalservicescheme #volunteer #publiclands
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“Wake! For the Sun, who scatter’d into flight
The Stars before him from the Field of Night,
Drives Night along with them from Heav’n,
and strikes
The Sultan’s Turret with a Shaft of Light” Omar Khayyám



#landbetweenthelakes #naturephotography #nature #nationalrecreationarea #sunrise #fog #lakebarkley #tennessee #contrast #reflection #reflectionphotography #explore #hiking #naturegram #burnoff #mtadamsinstitute #vetswork #nationalforest #forestservice #clouds #hikewithpk
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As #AmeriCorpsWeek comes to an end, we want to thank all AmeriCorps members, past and present for the work you’ve done for our country and communities.

A special shout out to Mt. Adams Institute’s AmeriCorps alum! In 2019, our AmeriCorps members contributed over 60,000 hours of volunteer service. This jump’s for you!
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What’s your favorite wildflower in the Spring?
Balsamroot is a favorite here at MAI. This beautiful flower starts blooming in April and has been the staple of many hikes we take our AmeriCorps members on when they visit our campus.

#mtadamsinstitute #pnw #wildflower #wildflowerwednesday #becurious #discover
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The clouds finally went away and the volcanoes showed themselves for the first time in awhile. #mtadams #mtadamsinstitute #giffordpinchotnationalforest #usforestservice ...

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It’s #AmeriCorpsWeek !

This week we celebrate the programs and organizations that run AmeriCorps programs, and the individuals who have pledged to “Get Things Done” for our country by serving as AmeriCorps members.
You can learn more about AmeriCorps via the link in our bio!

#mtadamsinstitute #americorps #americorpsworks #conservation #corps #serve #nationalservice
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It’s #TBT and #AmeriCorpsWeek ! Every hour we’ll post a photo from each AmeriCorps program year starting with this one from 2014!

This was a service project done by our first ever VetsWork AmeriCorps cohort! They spent the day restoring the Condit Dam removal site at Northwestern Lake Park.

#americorps #service #volunteer #mtadamsinstitute #vetswork
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#americorpsweek my story is a long one. I joined the military when I was 17 years old (almost 10 years later still in, 4 yrs active 6 yrs reserve). When I was 23 I joined Americorps for the first time. It offered me a way out that I needed. I had always wanted to connect people that had similar interests as me. Anyway after a successful term I went back to college and got a job working at an at risk youth camp that wanted me for my Americorps experience. After that I got job working for the Park Service. I then got married. I moved to Hawaii with my husband and got a really good job (or so I thought) I didn't like it all that much. I saw another opening with Vetswork that was cheap enough for Hawaii standards and applied. I got the position. Anyway now I a volunteer coordinator, which is probably one of my favorite positions ever held.

I get to connect people with nature in a way that they enjoy. I also talk to a bunch of people a day (which I love). I find what needs they have and connect them with out community and environment. I am hoping to get into University of Michigan after this (if admission programs reads this please keep me in mind) and continue passing on the passion for environmental work! #madeinamericorps #universityofmichigan #fingerscrossed🤞 #communityservice #nationalservice #americorps #mtadamsinstitute
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#MemberMonday
We are so happy to see our VetsWork cohorts staying in touch. Supporting each other through this challenging time is key to getting through it!
#mtadamsinstitute #vetswork #americorps #stayconnected #support
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It’s going to be a beautiful week here in the Columbia Gorge! Let’s fill social media with nature; share your favorite photo from your neighborhood adventures!

#mtadamsinstitute #pnw #outdoors #staylocal #sunnyday #nature #motivationmonday
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Apparently starting a sunrise series this week, #2

Deep mangoes, oranges, and peaches of the rising sun reflecting off the clouds, off the water, and into my eyes •


#landbetweenthelakes #naturephotography #nature #nationalrecreationarea #sunrise #fog #lakebarkley #tennessee #contrast #reflection #reflectionphotography #explore #hiking #naturegram #burnoff #mtadamsinstitute #vetswork #nationalforest #forestservice #clouds
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Meet VetsWork member Keoni Fierro who is serving on the Malheur National Forest.

As Keoni gazes across this alpine lake, he reflects on his internship experience. “I wake up motivated and excited to go into work simply because I know I will be out in the forest helping care for our public lands.” #mtadamsinstitute #vetswork #americorps #veteran #internship #publiclands #malheur #service
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Buzzing into the weekend. Enjoy the sun responsibly friends!

#mtadamsinstitute #weekendvibes #tgif #soakupthesun #bees
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Meet board member and MAI co-founder, Jeanne Bennett!

Here is a snippet from our interview with her, read the rest via the link in our bio!. . . "I’m excited about the continued workforce efforts around VetsWork. This program is so needed and a great career builder for veterans. I appreciate the healing and calming aspect of working in the woods and hope that those who served can take advantage of a calm and rewarding career.
I’m also excited about environmental education for kids and adults. The issues of climate change will impact all of us in the future, and the better we understand the environment, the better we will be able to adjust to the future needs. That’s the serious part but the truth is, being in the woods, on the trails, in the mountains is just plain fun. Everyone should have that opportunity and Mt. Adams Institute is well situated to make that happen!" . . .

#mtadamsinstitute #original #boardmember #cofounder #support #thankfulthursday
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Someone is not amused of me leaving #catsofinstagram #newadventures #hawaiitooregon #tuxedocatsofinstagram #movingagain #mtadamsinstitute #blackbeard ...

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It’s that time of year. . . 2020 VetsWork orientation season has commenced!

#mtadamsinstitute #vetswork #americorps #veteran #career #internship #publiclands #pnw
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Snow level in 2017: 142 inches.
Snow level in 2020: 56 inches.

#TBT to 2017 when our VetsWork AmeriCorps group couldn’t make it to the top of Multnonah Falls because of so much snow!

#mtadamsinstitute #vetswork #americorps #americorpsweek
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#tbt
This time last year marked the beginning of our Public Lands Stewards (PLS) program season. Although participants won’t travel to Trout Lake for an in person orientation (including a hike amongst the beautiful balsamroots), the program will run this summer! So far 3 AmeriCorps members have started their journeys, with more to come later this month.

#mtadamsinstitute #pls #publiclands #stewards #americorps #pnw #outdoors
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#AmeriCorps is your moment to take the path less traveled, to break the status quo, to stop talking about the problem and be the solution. Join AmeriCorps and you could mentor and tutor kids, rebuild a community after disaster, help veterans, work with local communities to alleviate poverty, conserve our lands, and much more. There are thousands of opportunities to choose from, find the one that fits you.

If you know of someone who might be interested in AmeriCorps encourage them to check out our programs or visit the AmeriCorps website:
nationalservice.gov
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#AmeriCorps can take you to many beautiful places where you’ll have amazing experiences. What is your favorite AmeriCorps memory?

#TBT to a 2018 overnight rafting trip our Public Lands Stewards AmeriCorps members took down the Klickitat River.
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This #DayoftheA we celebrate AmeriCorps members who #GetThingsDone for our communities across the country.

VetsWork member Chris shows his AmeriCorps pride after helping mulch hundreds of trees for native turtle habitat!
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It’s #DayOfTheA ! Show your AmeriCorps pride today and post your A.

Double points for who can name the tree these pine cones came from.

#mtadamsinstitute #americorps #americorpsweek #americorpsworks #nationalservice #getthingsdone
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