Girl Scounts USA and SCA recently announced a two-year effort to expose more girls to the benefits of spending time in nature. As a first step, SCA led an all-Girl Scouts volunteer trail crew at Shenandoah National Park and among the ten-girl team was Rosie Lu.
There are a few things...
Since 2009, Alyssa Ballestero (far left in photo) of Greenville, ME has led 14 SCA conservation crews, from Denali in Alaska to Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia. But if her name sounds familiar, it may be because you’ve seen, well, a lot of her on a certain reality TV show. We...
Today, July 22, is the final day for the SCA-Girl Scout crew at Shenandoah National Park. And this is Crew Leader Gabie Perkins’ final post:
We were able to get a lot of work completed. We finished off the last two locust steps, making quick work of it and...
Hey look! 12 bears!
Katmai National Park’s famous Bear Cams let you watch live as wild bears feed on migrating salmon on Alaska’s Brooks River.
Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Parks
Why Katmai's first spring cubs show up when they do...
At birth, a brown bear cub is incredibly small, weighing just one pound and measuring about 9 inches long. That same bear may multiply its weight well over 1,000 times from newborn to adult. Humans would weigh over 6,000 pounds if we shared the same weight increase.
Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Parks
On July 11, SCA and Girl Scouts of the USA kicked-off a new partnership designed to expand and improve outdoor opportunities for girls. The initiative’s first stage is an all-Scout crew led by SCA crew leaders including Gabie Perkins, a Gold Award Girl Scout from the Girl Scouts
When it comes to supporting our parks, we can't afford to wait
By Kiki Serantes (above L), SCA Cultural Resources Intern at Zion National Park
If a national park or wilderness is gradually degrading and no one notices it, is it still degrading? Even if we are told that our wilderness areas are being destroyed—indirectly through our own actions—does it matter if it’s...
Yosemite National Park SCA Museum Intern
Posted by Staff | Tuesday, July 12, 2016
As a SCA Museum Intern at Yosemite National Park, Dana Foster (Left) is sharpening her Cultural Resource Management skills and making it easier for people to connect with the historical and cultural resources that illuminate the connections between cultural identities and the land.
Diversity, History, Parks, People
This June, Kate Hagner, Ann Pedtke, and Roland Richardson traveled to Detroit to represent SCA at the annual Points of Light Conference on Volunteering & Service — the largest service-related convening of nonprofit, government, business, and civic leaders in the world, welcoming more than 3,500 participants.
Behind the Scenes of “On the Trail” with the Secretary of the Interior and CBS Sunday Morning
by Jovien Robinson
I got “the call” when I was on a friend-date in a book store. These ritualistic, designated times that my friends and I schedule and are very important to me, so I didn’t really want to deal with my phone. But when...
by Logan Boldon, SCA Centennial Volunteer Ambassador
The National Park Service Centennial slogan is “Find Your Park” and, as of last Friday, the LGBTQ community has a park of their own. President Obama designated the Stonewall Inn
in New York City as the country’s first national monument to...
Q&A with SCA alum Lizzy Corliss from the CDT
Today, June 28th, SCA alumna Lizzy Corliss begins a 150 day, 3,000 mile journey along the Continental Divide Trail. She’s starting in East Glacier, MT, and when she reaches the Mexican border this fall, she will have completed the Triple Crown of Thru-Hiking, having trekked the Pacific Crest Trail in...
A Study of Student Conservation Association Programs
Author: Samantha MacDonald Solberg, Web and Social Media Specialist at Search Institute
When Search Institute senior research scientist Dr. Amy Syvertsen asked staff members at the Student Conservation Association (SCA) if they think of themselves as a youth development organization, she received a resounding “no.” In fact, “they laughed and said...
Kids, Volunteer Opportunities
SCA Intern Kiara Serantes on the Fight to Keep the Canyons Clean
As we left the oven-like truck to trek toward one of Zion’s many ancient rock art panels, I wondered how much graﬃti we’d have to clean up this time. Would there be more pecked smiley faces or barely legible initials sprawled across the centuries-old indigenous patterns? Would it be too...
Parks, People, Trails and Hiking
Zion National Park Cultural Resources Intern
As a Cultural Resources Intern at Zion National Park, Kiara “Kiki” Serantes is gaining the experience she’ll need to translate her writing and political skills into a career spent keeping the world’s wilderness safe from environmental negligence for at least the Next 100 years.
Diversity, Parks, People
By Jay Watson, SCA Western Region Vice President
Saturday, June 18th was quite a day in Yosemite Valley, and quite a day for me.
President Obama and his family spent the weekend in the park – part R&R, part PR – and a group of about 200 invitees...
Five Little Known Facts About Liz Putnam and the Early Days of SCA
1. Liz started SCA to help protect America’s national parks, but some of her first wilderness experiences occurred in the Canadian North Woods.
Beginning at age 11, Liz would join her family on summer trips to a cabin on Lac a Moise in Quebec, a journey that included long train rides...
SCA Alum Jay Carter On Hand to Give Opening Speech
Today at Allegheny Commons park in the North Side of Pittsburgh, SCA joined community conservation leaders, City Rangers, YMCA staff and campers, Mayor Peduto, and David Jayo to kick off the Let’s Move! Outside Pittsburgh initiative. SCA alumni council member, Jay Carter, gave a speech to kick-off the inititative,...
Featured Earthsaver for the #Next100
“We believe in the old adage ‘service is the rent you pay for living.’”
Diversity, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking, Volunteer Opportunities
A Small Riverfront Town Gets a Big Overhaul Thanks to Volunteers from Domtar & SCA
On June 11th, SCA teamed up with national supporter Domtar to refurbish a community boardwalk along the Roanoke River in Plymouth, North Carolina — helping to revitalize the waterfront and bring new visitors to this historic small town.
Coasts & Water, History, Kids, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities