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.

Perhaps this Yellowstone Visitor Should Have Just Gone to the Zoo

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, August 28, 2015

If this Yellowstone National Park comment card were a Yelp review, the headline might read, “One star. Poorly trained bears.”

Apparently a park visitor recently left the following feedback at the lodge where they stayed while visiting the park, as evidenced by the photo below:

“Our visit was wonderful, but we never...

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, History, Parks

Ayomide Sekiteri on how she found her park

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, August 26, 2015

“If it was based solely on statistics, I shouldn’t be standing here. I shouldn’t be here talking to you about our National Parks because I am not your typical national park visitor. The typical visitor is over the age of 50 and white. As you can see…that’s not me.I am 22, African-American, the daughter of two Nigerian-born and raised parents - Making me 1st generation American. No, I am not the typical National Park visitor.”

Adventures, Diversity, Parks, People

Wishing NPS a Happy 99th Birthday on the National Mall

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, August 26, 2015

by Kyle Yarusso

What do you do for a good friend for their birthday? Throw them a party, of course!

SCA has been a close friend and partner of the National Park Service (NPS) for almost 60 years. And so, like a good friend, SCA, along with American...

Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Elusive Avocets Teach What it Takes to Become a Wildlife Biologist

Posted by Sara Prussing | Monday, August 17, 2015

“I hop out of the truck, net in hand and wader boots pounding the ground. The chicks scatter in different directions to thwart me, but my attention is entirely focused on the farthest of the three. It runs freely above the sulfurous mud, and I follow with a galumphing stride. I start to close the gap and reach out my net, closer, closer… SCHLUMP!”

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Endangered Species, People, Wetlands

Coming Together to Save a Beloved Butterfly

Posted by Elizabeth Braatz | Monday, August 17, 2015

Community (n):
1. A group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood) 1
2. A group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc. 1
3. A group of nations1
4. A group of actually or potentially interacting species living...

Animals & Wildlife, Climate, Diversity, Endangered Species, People, Volunteer Opportunities

SCA Intern Jessica Zamudio's job at Yosemite was to Photograph the Stunning Landscape

Posted by Jessica Zamudio | Monday, August 17, 2015

“While the towering granite mountains and amazing waterfalls and rivers were like nothing I’ve ever seen, I personally got an unexpected and wonderful amount of gratification and fulfillment from working with the youth programs in the park.”

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Diversity, Education, Parks, People

The Santa Fe Trail: Untamed But Not Untrammeled

Posted by Noah M Schlager | Thursday, August 13, 2015

“It is our job as modern conservationists to see the wildness we so value in all places and peoples.”

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Education, History, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking

An internship is like a cheese curd for SCA's Ariel Lepito

Posted by Ariel Lepito | Tuesday, August 11, 2015

“Starting off my summer with the FWS was, hear me out on this, sort of like biting into a cheese curd for the first time. I’ve had jobs (and cheese) before, and on paper I knew I would enjoy it.”

Education, Kids, Wetlands

A Buck Island National Monument Photo Update from Justin Kemp

Posted by Justin Kemp | Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Justin Kemp helps the National Park Service collect field data on endangered sea turtles as an SCA Sea Turtle Intern at Buck Island National Monument. When he’s not sleeping the very odd hours required by night patrol duty (most sea turtle nesting activity takes place under cover of darkness) he spends his free time exploring (and snapping photos of) his temporary island home and its tropical environs.

Check out these photos from his latest adventures.

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Endangered Species, Parks, People

Centennial Volunteer Ambassador Allison Joyce

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
The iconic Rosie the Riveter poster alongside a real Rosie at work in Nashville 1943

It all started on Monday when our Superintendent Sue approached me and asked for help with the Rosie Rally. What on God’s Green Earth is a Rosie Rally? Well, hang on to your hats. I’m in my sixth week as an SCA Centennial Volunteer Ambassador at the Rosie the Riveter...

History, Parks, People

Helicopter, Airboats & Wildlife Make for an Exciting Day of Water Quality Monitoring

Posted by Sarika Khanwilkar | Monday, August 3, 2015

I have a confession to make: I’m an adrenaline junkie. The feeling of epinephrine released into my blood—That increased heart rate and heightened sense of awareness as part of an innate response to perceived danger—is euphoric. I’m also a science junkie, and I chose an SCA biology internship because...

Adventures, Career Success, Coasts & Water, Diversity, People, Science, Wetlands

Alaska Field Dispatch by Montana Napier

Posted by Montana Napier | Monday, August 3, 2015
SCA Intern Montana Napier overlooks Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska through the haze of a wildfire

“The preparedness level of Alaska was 5 out of 5, meaning that “resistance to control is high to extreme and resistance to extinguishment is high.” At the junction between McCarthy and Kennecott, a Smokey the Bear sign sits outside the area’s volunteer fire department headquarters, informing the public of general fire risk. I have watched the sign bounce back and forth between “High” and “Extreme” all season.”

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Climate, Forests, Parks, People, Wildfires

SCA Intern Ariel Lupito grapples with Wisconsin Wildlife

Posted by Ariel Lepito | Friday, July 31, 2015
SCA Intern Ariel Lepito identifying an endangered Wild Lupine

“I soon noticed a pattern in the naming process: trait + body part + animal = common name. For example, there’s the red-winged blackbird, the redheaded woodpecker, the large-mouth bass, the yellow-faced bee, the white-tailed deer… They really tell it like it is!”

Animals & Wildlife, Education, Endangered Species, Sustainability, Wetlands

Elizabeth Braatz wants to help you save the Monarch

Posted by Elizabeth Braatz | Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Today, Elizabeth Braatz checks in from St. Croix Wetland Management District in Wisconsin. She’s part of the Career Discovery Internship Program, a collaboration between SCA and USFWS that’s strengthening the next generation of conservation leaders by connecting culturally and ethnically diverse college students to wildlife-focused career opportunities.

Early on in my SCA internship at St. Croix Wetland Management District, I learned three interesting facts about monarch butterflies.

1. Monarchs journey up to 3,000 miles between Mexico and the northern United States and Canada. each year, and this annual epic journey is actually undertaken by four generations of butterflies.

Endangered Species, Sustainability

Get your Guide to Safe Camping in Black Bear Country

Posted by Dakota McCoy | Tuesday, July 21, 2015

ABOVE: A black bear wets its whistle at Yosemite National Park. NPS photo by SCA intern Dakota McCoy.

Yosemite National Park in California is one of the most visited parks in the entire National Park Service system, receiving approximately 4 million visitors each year. Out of those 4 million people, more...

Conservation on the Santa Fe Trail

Posted by Noah M Schlager | Tuesday, July 21, 2015

“I thought such an expanse of flatness would be about as stimulating as a parking lot, but instead some part of my brain that remembers itself to be a savannah ape was switched on. The slope of the land and color of grass stood out in my mind like a living Van Gogh painting. It was one of the most beautiful and alien spaces I have ever encountered.”

Adventures, History, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking

SCA member Sarika Khanwilkar helps mitigate a global conservation problem

Posted by Sarika Khanwilkar | Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Martin County gathered at Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge with Sarika Khanwilkar for a marine debris beach clean-up.

All of us live on Earth, but nowadays the natural world is hard to find. Most of us spend the day surrounded by asphalt roads,...

Coasts & Water, Education, Endangered Species, History, Kids, Science, Sustainability

Written with pride by Kahmia Moise

Posted by Staff | Monday, July 6, 2015

ABOVE: Kahmia at Gateway National Recreation Area’s NYC Pride table. 

Centennial Volunteer Ambassador Proud Moment #1:

I brought Gateway National Recreation Area to NYC Pride!!!

The idea first sparked in my head last year while interning in Washington, DC for National Capital Parks- East at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic...

Career Success, Education, People

A Step by Step Guide to Conducting Duck Surveys & Enjoying Ice Cream with Your Fellow Interns

Posted by Elizabeth Braatz | Monday, June 29, 2015

A field dispatch from SCA member Elizabeth Braatz, currently serving as a Career Discovery Internship Program intern for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

I have never identified ducks before. Nor have I ever driven a UTV (Utility Task Vehicle), searched for Karner blue butterflies, or sloshed through wetlands in...

Science, Wetlands, Animals & Wildlife

A Field Dispatch from Dakota McCoy, SCA Bear Management Intern

Posted by Dakota McCoy | Thursday, June 25, 2015
SCA Bear Management Intern Dakota McCoy puts a GPS Collar on a 9-year-old male bear named Blue 54

ABOVE: Blue 54, a 9-year-old male, after receiving his new GPS collar. (NPS photo by Katie Rodriguez)

The Dogwoods have bloomed and the Sierra’s snow caps are melting, which can only mean one thing in Yosemite National Park – summer! Waking up to the rumbling sound of Yosemite...

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Parks, Science

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75000 Members have served with SCA

Over 75,000 women and men have served with SCA - read some of their stories here.

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

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

Member Bloggers

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

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?

“Something different” is what Jessica Aronson Cook was looking for when she first joined the Student Conservation Association (SCA) as...
Mary Nghe and Stacey Kinney -- two CDIP Interns with the Student Conservation Association
Growing up in Houston, Stacey Kinney says she only saw ducks on office park ponds. Now, here she was at...

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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