Every year, SCA provides training, tools and projects that place motivated teens and young adults in the field to effect changes great and small. How do we measure the effects? Sometimes its through decreased CO2 levels or by the tons of trash collected or in the number of trees planted. Our success is also measured by the lessons learned, the perspective gained and the lives we transform—today and into the future. Often when the SCA project is over, the success story is just beginning. Take a look at some of our most recent accomplishments.

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Friday, May 27, 2016
SCA is conducting its 2016 Career Discovery Intern Program (CDIP) orientation this week with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) just outside of New Orleans. Thirty-eight students from a range of backgrounds have come together to explore FWS careers, team up with agency mentors, and prepare for their three-month...

Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, May 23, 2016
Olympic National Park

What if you could spend your days hiking along a wild coastline through lush old-growth forests and glacier-capped peaks, all while gaining real-world work experience? With The Student Conservation Association, you can!

SCA offers a variety of opportunities to work with other young people who share your passion for...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Coasts & Water, People, Trails and Hiking

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Wednesday, May 18, 2016
It’s a standard part of her remarks…and the response is standard, too.
SCA Founding President Liz Putnam addressed 350 outdoor professionals from federal, state, regional, and local government agencies, consultants, non-profits, and academic institutions at the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP) annual conference in Boise, ID.

SCA's Henry Woolley on helping USFWS save an endangered bird

Posted by Henry Woolley | Wednesday, May 11, 2016
USFWS-banded Mississippi Sandhill cranes.

This post was written for Open Spaces, the official blog of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s part of a monthly series featuring SCA interns writing about their experiences working to promote, protect and study wildlife on public lands all over the United States. Today, Henry Woolley checks in...

Animals & Wildlife, Endangered Species, People, Wetlands

An Interview with Pro Outdoorsman Michael A. Lanza

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Michael A. Lanza, outdoor adventurer and creator of TheBigOutside.com, kayaking with his family in Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park.


On his blog, TheBigOutside.com, professional adventurer Michael A. Lanza often writes about the intense outdoor excursions he takes with his family, and on the importance of getting kids outside. We recently got to speak with him on these topics.  

ABOVE: Michael A. Lanza, outdoor adventurer and creator of TheBigOutside.com,...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Climate, Kids, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking

Featured Earthsaver for the #Next100

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, May 9, 2016

“I love the outdoors and believe that we all need to do our part to make sure that our parks and environmental resources remain intact for others to enjoy.”

Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Earthsavers of the Month

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, May 9, 2016

“Our Troop is working towards the Girl Scout Ranger Patch and has been focusing on National Parks during their 100th year.”

Kids, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

SCA's 2016 Earth Day Projects Bring Out 2,173 Volunteers

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, May 6, 2016

Each April, as Earth Day draws near, people in communities across America begin thinking more about the health of the planet and wondering what they can do to help improve it. Every year, the Student Conservation Association (SCA) responds by creating Earth Month opportunities for people to connect in local...

Parks, Volunteer Opportunities

360 Volunteers Serve at Greenbelt Park

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, May 2, 2016
Young SCA volunteers restore Greenbelt Park

In celebration of Earth Day, SCA brought together 360 volunteers from across the DC, Maryland, and Virginia for a Find Your Park Day of Service at Greenbelt Park.

Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

330 Volunteers Brave Wet Weather to Conserve Chicago-Area Public Lands

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, May 2, 2016

In celebration of Earth Day, SCA brought together 330 volunteers from across the Chicago area for a Find Your Park Day of Service at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Coasts & Water, Kids, Parks, People

Posted by Megan McVey | Thursday, April 28, 2016

Rich Guadagno was a refuge enforcement officer with the Department of the Interior and a victim of September 11, 2001.Rich Guadagno was a son, a brother and a refuge enforcement officer with the Department of the Interior. He was also a passenger on...

by SCA Intern Jess Landis

Posted by Jess Landis | Wednesday, April 27, 2016
As a Centennial Volunteer Ambassador at Padre Island National Seashore, I’ve gotten to meet some pretty cool people. Recently I sat down with Dr. Donna Shaver, Chief of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery at Padre Island. Given we’re both natives of New York, Cornell University grads and SCA alumni, we...

300 Volunteers Carry on a 12-Year SCA Tradition at Washington Park Arboretum

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, April 27, 2016

In celebration of Earth Day, SCA brought together 306 volunteers from across the Seattle region for a Find Your Park Day of Service at Washington Park Arboretum.

Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Monday, April 25, 2016
The Lowell National Historical Park in Massachusetts offers a vivid regional perspective on the Industrial Revolution. But inside these former textile mills you can also find the fabric of America.  
Lowell NHS is headquarters to the National Park Service’s Historic Architecture, Conservation, and Engineering Center. This is where...

by Jimi Hightower, SCA Centennial Volunteer Ambassador

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Friday, April 22, 2016
I set my first career goal while in second grade: I wanted to be a voyager.
My father was a carpenter at the time. He’d travel from job to job and we wouldn’t see him for weeks. These extended separations eventually prompted my parents to buy a Winnebago so...

Featured Earthsaver for the #Next100

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, April 21, 2016
SCA leader Aaron Gray pulls invasives at an SCA event in San Francisco

“I try to model a passion for service while working with new volunteers so that I can motivate them.”

Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Featured Earthsaver for the #Next100

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, April 21, 2016
SCA Centennial Volunteer Ambassador Aurelia Casey welcomes volunteers in NYC

“SCA helped me realize that I had a lot of potential, and that I could help change my hometown for the better.”

Coasts & Water, Parks, People

How your little garden can make a big difference...

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, April 20, 2016

by Hannah Atkinson, SCA Monarch Intern for Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

Pollinators across the country need your help! There is increasing evidence that many pollinators are in decline. Healthy populations of monarch butterflies and bees are a reflection of the health of the American landscape and the...

What's it like to be a Grand Canyon National Park Ranger?

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Todd Nelson is the volunteer coordinator at Grand Canyon National Park. We asked him about his career, the National Park Service centennial, and the future of America’s Best Idea.

Why do you like working with volunteers?

What solidified it for me was working with college students on alternative [service] spring breaks. The...

Career Success, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

383 Bay Area Community Members Join Together to Give Back

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, April 19, 2016

SCA celebrated Earth Day and National Park Week joined by 383 community members from across the Bay Area.

Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities



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Meet some of the amazing women who blazed a trail with SCA

Our 2015 Summer Roadtrip takes you to amazing places and member stories around the country.

75000 Members have served with SCA

Throughout the Summer of 2014 we marked our 75,000th member with 75 stories of the women and men have served with SCA - read them here.

Read about the women and men who helped build America’s oldest and largest youth conservation service organization here

Member Bloggers

Rachelle Hedges
San Mateo County Parks
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Sarika Khanwilkar
Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge
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Elizabeth Braatz
St. Croix Wetland Management District
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Noah M Schlager
National Trails Intermountain Region
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Dakota McCoy
Yosemite National Park
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Ariel Lepito
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
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Jessica Zamudio
Yosemite National Park
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Staff Bloggers

Ann Pedtke
New York City
See posts by Ann Pedtke
Joseph Thurston
Washington, DC
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Alumni Stories

Where will SCA take you?

Todd Nelson is the volunteer coordinator at Grand Canyon National Park. We asked him about his career, the National Park...
SCA alum Lauren Ray, aka the Rapping Ranger, has written and performed hip hop odes to each park that she's worked at, starting with Arches National Park where she served as an SCA Intern.
SCA alum Lauren Ray reveals how her SCA internship with the National Park Service helped her discover her public-lands-loving hip hop alter ego, the Rapping Ranger.

New findings on SCA's youth impact - read about the Search Institute's study

A new multi-year study on SCA’s youth impact shows significant gains across a wide range of indicators.
Read about the Study here »

Michelle Bobowick, Interning with SCA in Yellowstone National Park, 1985
It was 1958, when our family affair with the Student Conservation Association began. Since, then our family has continued its commitment to improving the world around us through SCA.
During the summer of ’69, twenty students arrived at Great Smokey Mountains National Park ready to clear windfall damage in...
When Student Conservation Association (SCA) supporter and 1983 alumnus, Bob Kachinski, was fresh out of college, he went on what...

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