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.

by Kiki Serantes, SCA Intern, Cultural Resources

Posted by Kiki Serantes | Wednesday, August 3, 2016

In an era where people hardly stay at a specific job for more than 5 years, Lead Park Ranger Mike Large can be said to be, in a way, serving a Zion National Park marathon. After 32 years here, he’s far from worn out by the park’s landscape and culture. After seven years as a tour guide for Zion Lodge in the ‘80s, Large decided to keep the Zion dice rolling and took a position with the fee department.

Diversity, Parks, People

SCA Biology Intern at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, August 3, 2016

After working outside helped Emmett Pegan deal with the stress of coming out as transgender, he decided to try and make a career of it. Now as an SCA Biology Intern at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia, he’s learning what such a career might look like before he heads to college in the fall.

Diversity, People

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Tuesday, August 2, 2016
by Steve Smith, Vice President of Program Quality, SCA
 
Since 1998, SCA has served as a co-sponsor of the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) along with Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).  An international gathering specifically focused on outdoor safety and risk management, the WRMC next...

Organizations from Across DC Come Together to Talk Conservation

Posted by Roland Richardson | Friday, July 29, 2016

On Wednesday, July 27th, SCA joined the National Parks Conservation Association for a joint networking happy hour.

Career Success, Parks, People

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Friday, July 29, 2016
Jamie, Liz and Sarah rockin' it on the rocks at Grand Canyon
Royalty. That’s what they called her, and that’s how they treated her. Like royalty.
 
SCA Founding President Liz Putnam was invited to Grand Canyon National Park this week to keynote the Alternative Break Citizenship School (ABCs). The week-long course sponsored by Break Away, a nonprofit that trains college students...

Posted by Megan McVey | Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Rosie Lu

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...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Friday, July 22, 2016
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...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Friday, July 22, 2016
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!

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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...

Posted by David Kopshever | Friday, July 15, 2016

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

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Friday, July 15, 2016
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

Posted by Kiki Serantes | Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Writer Kiki Serantes hikes Zion National Park's famous Narrows trail.

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 Dana Foster | 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

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Friday, July 8, 2016
Wendy Spencer welcomes participants to the 2016 Points of Light Conference

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.

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Education, People

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Monday, June 27, 2016
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

Posted by Megan McVey | Sunday, June 26, 2016

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

Posted by Kiki Serantes | Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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

Posted by Kiki Serantes | Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Kiara "Kiki" Serantes, a SCA Cultural Resources Intern at Zion National Park, cleans up graffiti in one of the park's famous slot canyons.

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

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Tuesday, June 21, 2016
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...

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Washington, DC
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On Wednesday, July 27th, SCA joined the National Parks Conservation Association for a joint networking happy hour.
As a Centennial Volunteer Ambassador at Padre Island National Seashore, I’ve gotten to meet some pretty cool people. Recently I...

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.
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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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