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.

The future of conservation may depend on YOUR vote

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, October 18, 2016

by Joe Thurston, SCA

At the core of SCA’s mission is our effort to grow and empower the next generation of conservation leaders. Key to any sort of leadership, conservation or otherwise, is civic engagement. One can’t claim to be a leader within a democratic society if one declines to...

Climate, Diversity, Education, History, People

An Encore Presentation of the SCA AmeriCorps DOI Snapchat Takeover

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, October 18, 2016

3 SCA interns recently got to takeover Department of Interior’s Snapchat account for a day as part of AmeriCorps’ social media celebration of their 1 millionth member milestone.

As you might guess, the 3 interns (Anna Gibson, Emilia Schrier, and Alaggio Laurino) in quesion were pretty excited for the opportunity to...

Parks, People

A Tough Choice Between 3 Appealing Candidates

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Love voting? Angry that after such a long, hard election season, you only get to vote once?

Well, here’s a chance to vote again in a different kind of presidential contest, one that requires a tough choice between 3 equally appealing candidates.

Instead of politicians, you’ll be voting for music videos...

Diversity, Education, History, Parks, People

Learning how to expand impact to all youth

Posted by Staff | Monday, October 17, 2016

The Student Conservation Association believes in changing young lives through service to nature. SCA trained young adults to use their natural talents to mentor the youth they encountered during their SCA experience exponentially affecting and increasing the ability to impact youth through conservation service.

In 2016, SCA convened a summit of...

Education, Kids, Parks

Allison Joyce, SCA intern and conservationists

Posted by Staff | Thursday, October 13, 2016

This is the story of the impact that SCA has on a young person’s passion and future ambitions as a conservationist through the eyes of  one intern. Allison Joyce is an SCA Centennial Volunteer Ambassador at John Muir, Rosie the Riverter, Eugene O’Neill and Port Chicago National Historic Parks. Her...

Career Success, Parks

Posted by David Kopshever | Thursday, October 6, 2016

By SCA Media Intern David Kopshever

The wolf is perhaps the most misunderstood and polarizing animal species ever encountered by human-kind. Fear, hatred, and demonization of the wolf have deep roots in Western culture. Looking back at American history with the wolf shows why human concepts of morality and ethics should...

Posted by David Kopshever | Thursday, October 6, 2016
Mountains and waterfalls surround Amalik Bay (NPS Photo/D. Kopshever)

By SCA Media Intern David Kopshever

Amalik Bay is a world of contrast. Vibrant green islands and bursting waterfalls reminiscent of a tropical paradise clash with bitter rain and gusts of wind at a moments notice. Spiring cliffs rise 3,000 feet from the ocean and into the clouds. At the base...

Featured Earthsavers for the #Next100

Posted by Michael Cronin | Monday, October 3, 2016
FEMA Corps Team Blue 3 conducting erosion repair at SCA's Find Your Park 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.

“I serve because it gives me a purpose greater than myself, and I think that is really important.”

Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

SCA Goes International to Protect Endangered Species with Domtar Volunteers in Canada

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Domtar volunteers restore playgrounds at the BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops

This September, SCA leaders went international to protect endangered species in the Canadian interior — teaming up with national supporter Domtar to restore the BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops, British Columbia.

Endangered Species, Kids, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

The Chemistry Behind Autumn's Awesome Hues

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, September 22, 2016
A graphic that explains the chemistry of the bright colors of autumn leaves and fall foliage.

There are so, so, so many reasons to love autumn (milder weather, jackets, less crowded parks and trails, fewer mosquitos, less poison ivy, cozier camping, pumpkins, squash, gourds… we could go on forever), but the best—and certainly brightest—may be what happens to the leaves.

But what exactly does happen to them?...

Education, Science

Bugs Out-Bite the Famous Bears at Katmai National Park

Posted by David Kopshever | Tuesday, September 20, 2016

When most think of Brooks Camp, bears and salmon are the first images to pop into our minds. For others, trophy trout fishing is the main attraction. But no matter who you are or what you come here to see, it seems that everyone can agree on one thing: Biting insects are extremely annoying. At Brooks Camp, mosquitoes, white socks, and no-see-ums are the source of much anguish and itchiness.

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Parks, Science

700 Volunteers Give Back at Find Your Park Day of Service Events

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Through the support of American Express, SCA brought together over 700 volunteers this weekend to mark the 9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance with Find Your Park Day of Service Events in New York City and Washington, DC.

Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Construction paper bats & bees explain the basics of pollination

Posted by Staff | Saturday, September 10, 2016

Pollinators are important. We all know this, right? And we likely all have a decent understanding of why they’re important—the crucial role they play in the plant reproductive cycles that underlie the smooth functioning of Earth’s ecosystems.

But what if you had to explain this role to a 5-year-old? Like right...

Animals & Wildlife, Education, Kids, Science

Why the Critically Endangered Bird Still Needs Our Help

Posted by Kiki Serantes | Tuesday, September 6, 2016

By Kiki Serantes

ABOVE: A California Condor, one of the small, critically endangered population at Zion National Park. Photo: Madison Roberts

If you’re lucky enough to spot a rare California Condor, you might just feel as if you’ve been transported back to a time when dinosaurs ruled the...

Animals & Wildlife, Endangered Species, Parks

by Rachel Herring, SCA Natural Resource Specialist Intern

Posted by Staff | Friday, September 2, 2016
Rachel holding an endangered Hawaiian Stilt that she assisted with capturing, banding, and fitting with a tracking device.

ABOVE: Rachel holding an endangered Hawaiian Stilt that she assisted with capturing, banding, and fitting with a tracking device.

The IUCN World Conservation Congress is upon us here in Honolulu, Hawai’i with an estimated 8,000 - 10,000 delegates representing 160 nations converging onto the island of O’ahu for the event. The...

By Marcos Anguiano, SCA intern, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Posted by Staff | Friday, September 2, 2016

Plastic water bottles have been around since the 1940s helping humans transport fresh, clean water. During Roman times, aqueducts were built to provide water to cities, and animal skins were used to transport water from place to place. Clay and woven materials were molded into water carrying devices so the...

How park lovers formed a giant arrowhead to celebrate NPS' 100th

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 26, 2016

by Kyle Yarusso, SCA NPS Centennial Volunteer Ambassador

As  part of our celebration of the National Park Service (NPS), over 1000 people came together to create a giant version of the agency emblem, the Arrowhead, on the Washington Monument grounds. The event was symbolic in more ways than one. We each...

Parks, People

Changing Lives at Canyon de Chelly

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thanks to sponsorship from ATN International and partnership with Canyon de Chelly National Monumentin Arizona, dozens of youth have experienced conservation on SCA crews comprised entirely of Navajo, or Diné, students. The teenaged crews repair trails and restores habitats, though much time is also devoted to...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Thursday, August 25, 2016
by Song Gao, Centennial Volunteer Ambassador
A year ago, I had never heard of America’s national parks. Today, as the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary, I’m a Centennial Volunteer Ambassador at Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). 
What a short, strange trip it’s been.  

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Just days before the August 25th centennial of the National Park Service (NPS), the Student Conservation Association convened a high-level NPS delegation to explore new strategies for engaging young conservation leaders for the next 100 years of national parks. 
NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis, Associate Director for Workforce, Relevancy and...
Career Success, Parks



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.

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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Dana DeSousa
Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge
See Posts by Dana DeSousa

Staff Bloggers

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

Alumni Stories

Where will SCA take you?

On Wednesday, July 27th, SCA joined the National Parks Conservation Association for a joint networking happy hour.
As a Centennial Volunteer Ambassador at Padre Island National Seashore, I’ve gotten to meet some pretty cool people. Recently I...

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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