Stories from the Field

By Joseph Thurston

50 years ago today, over a quarter million people gathered in one of our most famous national parks to peacefully demand that our nation live up to its promise to recognize in everyone the unalienable rights to life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness. To that end, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Founder’s Day – June 24th – is the yearly commemoration of SCA’s launch in 1957 at Olympic (WA) and Grand Teton (WY) National Parks.

By Joseph Thurston

What’s the best way to celebrate the 56th year of a youth-led conservation service movement?

By Joseph Thurston

56 years ago, a movement began. It was based around the idea that young conservationists would jump at the opportunity to serve their communities, give back to nature, and help conserve our treasured outdoor spaces.When the first group of SCA volunteers reported for work at Olympic National Park, they weren’t there to embody this powerful idea, they were there to save the park.

Members of the next Sandy restoration crew will fly into New York this weekend from all around the country: places like Chino Hills, CA, Greendale, WI, and Moore, OK. Moore, the OKC suburb that was flattened just three and a half weeks ago by an EF5 tornado. Twenty-three dead, 13,000 homes destroyed or damaged, $2 billion of widespread wreckage.

By Joseph Thurston

Yes! SCA’s very own Graphic Designer, Julia Jandrisits, responsible for our “look” as it appears from our website to our flyers to our Alternative Spring Break T-shirts, has received the G. D.

By Joseph Thurston

VOTE HERE.SCA needs your vote. We are vying to be one of the featured presenters at South by Southwest ECO, a fairly new spin-off from the annual Austin-based entertainment and technology conference, and event organizers are relying on crowd-sourcing to help them identify the top contenders. Help us make sure that the youth voice is represented!

By Joseph Thurston

Conservation Caption Competition, Round 4, go!There must be a tale behind why this SCA member is running around a parking lot wrapped snugly in a mummy bag… Clue us in with your best caption (either here or on Facebook) by 5 PM EST on Monday 5/20.

Help is on the way for park lands ravaged by Superstorm Sandy.The Student Conservation Association is mounting a largescale, collaborative, youth-fueled recovery program to repair storm-damaged public lands throughout the New York-New Jersey area.

By Joseph Thurston

One tick said to another tick…It’s time for round 3 of the Conservation Caption Competition, Spring 2013 Edition!If you can stand to look at this photo long enough to think up a caption, post it to the comments, either here or on Facebook, by Monday at 5 PM EST. We’ll use arbitrarily determined standards to choose our favorite and repost it to good ol’ FB.

By Joseph Thurston

More than 1,500 volunteers joined in SCA Earth Day projects nationwide over the last two weekends. Earthsavers of all stripes planted trees in Kansas City, prairie grasses in Houston, and shrubs in Seattle.

By Joseph Thurston

Is time, once more, for another round of the Conservation Caption Competition! For round two, we have a photo that you may recognize from SCA’s follow me blog, but only if your memory extends all the way back to 2011.

Comment, either here or on Facebook, with something cleverly resembling a caption by 5 PM EST Monday, 4/22.

By Joseph Thurston

It’s time! Time to revive the Conservation Caption Competition! Spring is, after all, a season of renewal. To start things off, we have a pic from last month’s NPS Academy session in Grand Teton National Park. Quite an outfit, amiright?Comment with your cleverest caption by 5 PM EST Friday 4/5 either here or on Facebook.

By Joseph Thurston

On March 4, a culturally and geographically diverse bunch of students gathered with SCA in the Grand Tetons to learn what it takes to run a national park. Here are a few highlights from the week.”On the second day we did a lot.

By Joseph Thurston

Session 2 of NPS Academy 2013 commenced on March 10 at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here are some highlights from a week of training and camaraderie amongst a diverse group of conservation-minded young people.”Lance, our facilitator, spoke on the importance of a key element in all relationships, including our own with the NPS: trust.

By Joseph Thurston

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!!

By Joseph Thurston

Shake-Off time! Here they are, all together, student-produced Harlem Shake vids from all three NPS Academies: Alaska, Great Smoky, and Grand Tetons.Which one reins supreme? Tell us in the comments!

Written by Kate Hagner, SCA’s AmeriCorps Program and Evaluation manager, in celebration of AmeriCorps week, March 9 -17th. SCA and AmeriCorps share a common history: President Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

By Joseph Thurston

By Apoorva Mahajan, NPS Academy 2013This week on Conservation Nation, we’re bringing you blog updates from session 2 of NPS Academy 2013.

By Joseph Thurston

For 17-year-old SCA alum Jordan Chow, serving a three-week stint with SCA was just the beginning. After his 2012 summer crew position at Allaire State Park in New Jersey, Jordan came home and took a closer look at conservation volunteer opportunities in his own community in Chappaqua, New York.

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