Just in time for National Park Week, an inside look at one of the ways we’re working with the National Park Service to build a public lands workforce that’s as diverse as the Americans it serves.Read more
Alaska is an SCA “region” unto itself with more than 325 million acres of public land – more than half this nation’s wilderness. SCA is working to ensure Alaska Native youth remain connected with their natural resources, culture and heritage by forging youth-focused networks of government agencies, Alaska Native corporations, and local organizations.
Either in spite of, or because of, vast geographically spances and low populations, collaboration with complimentary organizations and programs is key to creating meaningful opportunities for all of SCA’s members.
In recent years, this collaborative effort has achieved a four-fold increase in the number of Alaskan Native teens participating in habitat protection, trail construction, and historic restoration. And with their new-found skills and experience, many SCA alumni are advancing to conservation careers, with our agency partners particularly eager to bring on diverse, young employees reﬂective of the community at large.
- 270 (2013)
- Alaska Native Youth crews programs
- NPS Alaska Academy
- Youth Employment in Parks Alumni Crew
- 2014 Launch Program
- Chugach National Forest
- Denali National Park
- Juneau Forestry Sciences Lab (part of the Paciﬁc Northwest Research Station)
- NPS Regional Oﬃce
- Alaska Geographic
- Cook Inlet Region, Inc. - CIRI Talkeetna Alaska Native Crew
- ConocoPhillips - Alaska Youth Programs
- Anchorage Park Foundation - SCA/Youth Employment in Parks
- Mat-Su Health Foundation - Matanuska-Susitna Valley youth
News, Stories & Projects
SCA Leaders Jean Bartholomew and Emily Fonti made a guest appearance on CNN this weekend — starring in Morgan Spurlock’s “Inside Man” episode examining the role of young people in National Parks.Read more
ABOVE: Ranger Glenn leads SCA NPS Academy members on an ecology hiking featuring the ﬂora and geology of the Great Smokies.
Each spring for the last 5 years, young conservationists of diverse background have come together from colleges and universities all over the country, converging at select national parks to begin a year-long conservation service experience called SCA NPS Academy.Read more
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