SCA Alaska

SCA Alaska

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.

Youth served:

  • 270 (2013)

Key initiatives:

  • Alaska Native Youth crews programs
  • NPS Alaska Academy
  • Youth Employment in Parks Alumni Crew
  • 2014 Launch Program

Primary partners:

  • Chugach National Forest
  • Denali National Park
  • Juneau Forestry Sciences Lab (part of the Pacific Northwest Research Station)
  • NPS Regional Office
  • Alaska Geographic

Leading supporters:

  • 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

Alaska Community Crew Members

Working outdoors was an easy sell for Zimmerman, but she says being a part of the Student Conservation Association has pushed her to do more, like being a leader and taking on responsibility.

“I kind of feel like I’ve gone from being a younger girl to being a lady,” says Zimmerman. “It’s amazing what I’m learning from these people and it makes me think, ‘Man, when I’m their age I want to be able to have done the things they’ve done.’ So I’m super excited to see where my career is going to go within the next few years…”

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The third session of NPS Academy 2013 took place in Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska, during the week of March 11. Here’s a sampling of the hijinks that ensued.@the_sca NPS Academy AK hiked to Tonsina Point outside of Seward for lunch and discussions on day two!!

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As a native of Colorado, the dry, cool climate and adventurous, get-outdoors spirit of Anchorage are welcome characteristics to me as I adapt to my home (thousands of miles) away from home during my 10 month internship working for the Anchorage Fish and Wildlife Field Office.

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