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.

Elizabeth Braatz wants to help you save the Monarch

ABOVE: Teaching a pollinator workshop. Exhibit A: bee in a jar!

This post was written for Open Spaces, the official blog of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s part of a monthly series featuring SCA interns writing about their experiences working to promote, protect and...

Get your Guide to Safe Camping in Black Bear Country

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

“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.”

SCA member Sarika Khanwilkar helps mitigate a global conservation problem

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,...

Written with pride by Kahmia Moise

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...

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

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...

A Field Dispatch from Dakota McCoy, SCA Bear Management Intern

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...

SCA alum Lian Law on her time as a Live Stream Video Intern at Denali National Park

SCA alum Lian Law at Denali National Park, Alaska

This is PART 2 of our Q & A with SCA alum Lian Law. CLICK HERE FOR PART 1.

Working 5 days a week in an iconic park like Joshua Tree, after a while, does it just start to feel like any other place?
Sometimes after I’ve spent my...

Lian Law, SCA alum, inspires awe with photos & video of America's parks

An SCA internship at Denali National Park and Preserve may not seem like a natural choice for a a Film and Media Studies major, but for Lian Law, who grew up taking family vacations to parks all over the country, an NPS Live Stream Production Internship was a perfect fit....

80 Volunteers Work to Bring Native Species Back to Los Angeles

During the month of June, Discovery Communications organizes thousands of its employees throughout the world to give back through their “Discover Your Impact Day.” On June 12th, SCA joined in to help their efforts by organizing a conservation project on the Los Angeles River with over 80 local Discovery Communications employees.

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.

From Mountain Paths to Urban Greenways, SCA Celebrates the Nation's Trails

This National Trails Day, SCA members and alumni were at work at ten events from coast to coast, taking in the beauty of our nation’s trails and building resiliency for future visitors.

Part 2 of our Q&A with the Visual Information Specialist & SCA alum

NPS ranger and SCA alum Michael Liang received some much deserved praise from Out Magazine recently for the work he does to make sure that America’s national parks and historical sites feel welcoming, relevant, and representative to people of all backgrounds, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

Here’s Part 2...

NPS Visual Information Specialist, Outreach "Spokesranger" for the LGBT Community, SCA Alum

NPS ranger and SCA alum Michael Liang received some much deserved praise from Out Magazine recently for the work he does to make sure that America’s national parks and historical sites feel welcoming, relevant, and representative to people of all backgrounds, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

Liang, who is...

80 Employee Volunteers Join SCA for Service in Manhattan's East Village

On the morning of May 28th, over 80 employee volunteers from SCA’s national partner American Eagle Outfitters gathered in Manhattan’s East Village to restore Tompkins Square Park as part of the #AEOBetterWorld initiative.

Through Community Outreach, SCA Member Sarika Khanwilkar shares her love for Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge

“People Protect What They Love” - Jacques Cousteau

This is my favorite quote from one of the most iconic and recognizable names in conservation. These five words describe my own journey towards becoming a Student Conservation Association intern. I have fallen in love with discovering the diversity that inhabits this planet,...

CDIP: A Proud Collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

ABOVE: 2015 Career Discovery Internship Program participants preparing to kayak at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.

Each year, through the Career Discovery Internship Program (CDIP), we work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to connect young conservationists of diverse background to hands-on service experiences at wildlife refuges across the country.

The...

SCA ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Restore Bike Paths on Jamaica Bay

SCA volunteers in New York City took time off from final exams this weekend to help build safer bike trails in Brooklyn. Fifty volunteers gathered at Floyd Bennett Field in Gateway National Recreation Area to clear invasive vines and open up bike paths along Flatbush Avenue.

1500 SCA Volunteers in 14 Cities Get to Work for the Planet

SCA ramped up Earth Day celebrations to new heights this year, marking Earth Day with hands-on conservation service in 14 cities coast to coast and engaging 1,500 volunteers nationwide.

During the summer of ’69, twenty students arrived at Great Smokey Mountains National Park ready to clear windfall damage in Cades Cove and build over 40 check dams to stop erosion with the Student Conservation Association. Steve Strachan was one of those students.

Looking back on his experience, Steve says that...

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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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Ann Pedtke
New York City
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Joseph Thurston
Washington, DC
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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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