What is SNAP?

The Sierra Nevada Alliance is proud to implement the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP). Each year, the Sierra Nevada Alliance places 28 AmeriCorps members with partner conservation organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada. During their terms of service, members restore and monitor impaired Sierra watersheds, educate and outreach to Sierra residents and visitors on environmental issues, and recruit and manage volunteers for a variety of programs. SNAP members gain skills and technical training, are mentored by outstanding environmental leaders, and provide a meaningful impact to the communities of the Sierra Nevada. A living allowance, loan forbearance, and health care benefits are provided during the term of service, as well as an end-of-service education award.

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Outreach & Education

Watershed education with local school groups and community members through field trips, citizen science, tabling, and special events.


Water quality monitoring, restoration project monitoring, habitat assessments, and ecological surveys.


Meadow and stream assessment, habitat restoration and mitigation projects, management of invasive species, native plants, and trail building.

Volunteer Coordination

Building and maintaining a community of volunteers for watershed steward programs, special events, river clean-ups, and restoration days.

SNAP’s Impact

Since 2007, SNAP members have served at over 40 Sierra conservation organizations and agencies


SNAP members served since 2007


Acres of restored habitat


Ecological sites monitored


Individuals reached through outreach & education


Community volunteers recruited and supported by SNAP members


Total hours of service by SNAP members since 2007

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Join us next Wednesday, January 20th at 6:00 p.m. Join us next Wednesday, January 20th at 6:00 p.m. for our January webinar! Learn about the birds of the Tahoe Basin with Sarah Hockensmith, Outreach Director at the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science. Register at the link in bio!⁠
Today is the last day to turn in 2021 Host Site Ap Today is the last day to turn in 2021 Host Site Applications for the upcoming SNAP half-term. Visit our website or contact Program Director Rachel Durben at rachel@sierranevadaalliance.org for questions.
Sunday SNAP Spotlight! 💫⁠ To celebrate and ho Sunday SNAP Spotlight! 💫⁠
To celebrate and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., AmeriCorps members across the country are participating in service projects this month, focused on strengthening community connections and support. SNAP's incredible members in Bishop, who are serving with the Bishop Paiute Tribe and Eastern Sierra Land Trust  have begun an MLK Beloved Letter Writing Campaign, to celebrate and connect their community members. Local students will write letters to senior citizens, front line workers and first responders, to let them know they are beloved and appreciated. SNAP members are identifying letter recipients, supporting student letter writing, and facilitating letter delivery, embodying one of the missions envisioned by Dr. King: ⁠
"Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives."⁠
#service #americorps #mlkday2021 #community #beloved #writeletters #connection #strongertogether #bethechange #californiavolunteers #sierranevada #easternsierralandtrust #bishoppaiutetribe
Happy New Year from all of us at SNAP!💫⁠ As w Happy New Year from all of us at SNAP!💫⁠
As we enter into 2021, we're so grateful for all SNAP members past and present who share their dedication to service in the Sierra. We hope this new year brings opportunities for all of us to safely work together, sharing moments of connection and joy. Wishing all of you a bright and healthy 2021!⁠
#californiavolunteers #americorps #serviceyear #conservation #teamwork #restoration #volunteer #yosemite #climatechange #watersheds #sierra #mountains #environment #happynewyear #2021
Sunday SNAP Spotlight!⁠ ⁠ We're looking for so Sunday SNAP Spotlight!⁠
We're looking for some great conservation organizations to host Half Term SNAP Members in 2021! The service term is April 5 - September 18, 2021, and Members will serve a minimum of 900 hours doing work focused on watershed restoration and assessment, environmental education, and volunteer coordination in the Sierra. Visit our website to learn more and apply today! Applications are due by 5pm on January 11, 2021.⁠
#americorps #californiavolunteers #service #teamwork #restoration #environmentaleducation #conservation #watersheds #climatechange #volunteerism
Happy Watershed Wednesday!⁠ This week we are loo Happy Watershed Wednesday!⁠
This week we are looking at the Merced River watershed! This watershed encompasses 1,726 square miles in the central Sierra Nevada. You can find the Merced River’s headwaters in Yosemite National Park, and it joins the San Joaquin River in the Central Valley just outside of Newman, CA. Multiple Native American groups have lived along the Merced River for thousands of years -- most notably the Sierra Miwok in Yosemite Valley and along the Upper Merced River, the Plains Miwok along lower sections of the Merced, and the Paiute in the upper reaches of the watershed. The Merced River is a popular recreation destination with multiple Wild and Scenic sections. It is most well known today for its course through the southern part Yosemite National Park, where visitors admire its thundering waterfalls and peaceful meanders. ⁠
Photo by Kylir Horton, 29 September 2012.⁠
#watershedwednesday #sierranevada #mercedriver #wildandscenic #yosemite ⁠
Sunday SNAP Spotlight!💫⁠ Lexi is serving her Sunday SNAP Spotlight!💫⁠
Lexi is serving her second term as the Education and Outreach Coordinator with the Alliance, and is also lending her many talents to the Tahoe Area chapter of Sierra Club.⁠
Lexi grew up in Oakland, California and graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in Environmental Policy. She started to gain a deeper interest in conservation through childhood visits to national parks and high school trips that focused on ecology and science education. At college, she realized that she was most interested in western land and water policy, and is excited for the opportunity to contribute to the protection and restoration of the ecosystem and landscape of the Sierra Nevada at the Sierra Nevada Alliance! We are thrilled to have Lexi with us for a second term and so grateful for her commitment to serving the Sierra.⁠
#service #americorps #californiavolunteers #serviceyear #sierranevada #ecology #gratitude #conservation #environmentalpolicy #sierraclub #servethesierra #restoration #water #mountains
A mask for you makes a difference for us! Wear you A mask for you makes a difference for us! Wear yours correctly in public to significantly reduce the rate of COVID-19 transmission. We must #StopTheSurge. Let’s work together to get it done. #YourActionsSaveLives⁠
Applications for 2021 Half-Term Host Sites will be Applications for 2021 Half-Term Host Sites will be open from December 4, 2020 – January 11, 2021!⁠
Learn more by visiting our website: https://sierranevadaalliance.org/become-a-snap-host-site/
Sunday SNAP Spotlight 💫 ⁠ In the 2019-20 SNAP Sunday SNAP Spotlight 💫 ⁠
In the 2019-20 SNAP term, 28 Members served at 18 Host Sites across the Sierra. Together, they accomplished so much for the communities, organizations and environments in which they served, including:⁠
⛰️ Restoring over 800 acres of the Sierra⁠
⛰️ Educating more than 2,000 individuals⁠
⛰️ Recruiting and engaging over 1,000 volunteers⁠
⛰️ Serving more than 37,000 hours⁠
We need your help to continue providing these impactful programs throughout the Range of Light. Please consider giving back to the Alliance during our Give Back Tahoe campaign, which runs until December 15th! Over $30,000 in challenge grants will be awarded to organizations with the most unique donors before that date. Visit the link in our bio to learn more! ⁠
#sierranevada #americorps #californiavolunteers #serviceyear #community #restoration #teamwork #giveback #givebacktahoe
Volunteer opportunity this weekend! Join the Ameri Volunteer opportunity this weekend! Join the American River Conservancy this Saturday for a trail workday at Salmon Falls Ranch! Link in bio to learn more and register. ⁠
#volunteer #conservation #trailwork #stewardship

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