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...
Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Parks, Sustainability
60 Domtar Employee Volunteers Join SCA to Restore River Park North
On May 16th, SCA teamed up with national supporter Domtar to beautify and restore River Park North in Greenville, North Carolina. Over 60 Domtar employees and their families spent the morning removing invasive honeysuckle vines, spreading new mulch, and planting milkweed in the butterﬂy gardens.
Invasives, Kids, Parks
An amazing chapter in the history of cycling for your Bike Month reading pleasure
ABOVE: The 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps at Minerva Terrace in Yellowstone National Park.
An amazing chapter in the history of cycling for your Bike Month reading pleasure.
If you were a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army stationed at Ft. Missoula, Montana, and you were looking to test the military viability...
Adventures, History, Parks, Trails and Hiking
Was it an easy way to spend a summer? No. Would he do it again? Absolutely.
ABOVE: “When there are more days of rain than sunshine during a trail-building hitch, sometimes, to stay cheerful, you just have to embrace the mud.” Eagle River, AK
Last summer, University of Michigan student Sammy Pressman spent 3 months roaming the wilds of Alaska, sleeping in a tent and working on...
Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Invasives, Parks, Trails and Hiking
Earthsaver of the Month
“Urban parks and farms are some of the most beautiful natural lands to me, because they create hope in neighborhoods that are mostly concrete.”
Sustainability Interns Deliver!
Sustainability Goes Mainstream on Main Street
A mob is gathering in suburban Pittsburgh and Sahar Arbab couldn’t be happier. In fact, she incited it.
For the past several weeks, Sahar – an SCA Green Cities sustainability intern – has been surveying small business owners door-to-door. Have you switched to LED lighting? Have...
Career Success, Climate, Education, Sustainability
Earthsaver of the Month
“Ultimately we are all responsible for our planet — there is no Planet-B!”
People, Volunteer Opportunities
350 Volunteers Transform Fort Totten Park
This Saturday SCA teamed up with American Express to celebrate Earth Day by bringing more than 350 volunteers to Fort Totten Park in Washington, DC. This event followed another successful partnership event with American Express in New York City last weekend, and concluded a month of SCA Earth Day celebrations in 16 cities nationwide.
Forests, Parks, Sustainability, Volunteer Opportunities
Alaskan Wilderness Proves a Life-Changing Experience for SCA Member Amy J. Marks
ABOVE: A bush plane dropped off SCA member Amy J. Marks and park rangers Evan Olsen, Ed Eberhardy, Jim Hanna at the starting point for their backcountry river patrol of Wrangell St. Elias National Park, right below the toe of the Tana Glacier where...
Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Parks, People
A Moving Look Back by SCA Member Laura Vachula
Just in time for National Park Week, an inside look at one of the ways we’re working with the National Park Service to build a public lands workforce that’s as diverse as the Americans it serves.
Each spring, SCA and NPS bring together diverse young conservationists from all over the country...
400 Volunteers Kick Off a New Partnership for Public Lands
This past Saturday SCA joined forces with American Express to celebrate Earth Day by bringing more than 400 volunteers to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. This day of service marked the ﬁrst of 18 national events SCA and American Express will host over the next 18 months in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial.
"SCA gave me more in that three month period than I could begin to repay"
When Student Conservation Association (SCA) supporter and 1983 alumnus, Bob Kachinski, was fresh out of college, he went on what he describes as “a real adventure” by boarding a bus in Massachusetts for a three-day, three-night cross-country trip to rural Worland, Wyoming. Once at his destination, Bob was to start...
Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, People
Exelon Employees Kick Off National Volunteer Week with Chicago Conservation
On April 10th, SCA teamed up with national supporter Exelon to kick off National Volunteer Week with hands-on service at Garﬁeld Park Conservatory in Chicago.
Animals & Wildlife, Education, Kids, Science
SCA Member Sarika Khanwilkar Waves her Machete for Invasive Species Awareness Week
An invasion is occurring right now, all over the country. Lining roads, populating waterways and lurking in your own backyard, non-native plants and animals have hitched a ride with humans and spread across continents. Whether they were transported intentionally or as cargo ship stowaways, in ecosystems where these new species...
Coasts & Water, Education, Invasives, Parks, Wetlands
ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Get the Queens Waterfront Ready for Spring
New York City just can’t seem to escape the wintry weather this season, but that doesn’t stop SCA ConSERVE NYC volunteers from working to get the city’s public lands in shape for spring.
Seriously, forget the NCAA Final Four. This is truly March Madness.
Bears playing basketball. I repeat: Bears playing basketball.
Bear Family Plays Basketball
Can the teams of the NCAA Final Four compete with the ball handling skills of these bears? Bears are curious animals. They often play with strange or novel objects they ﬁnd.
Animals & Wildlife
Kahmia Moise rediscovers her city with SCA & the National Park Service
ABOVE: Kahmia (right) yanks invasives at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in New York City.
NPS ACADEMY 2015 – NEW YORK HARBOR By: Kahmia Moise
In order to be successful one must ﬁrst, love what they do; second, love who they do it with; and third, love what they do it for,” said former...
...Plus ways to reduce our overall use
Can I recycle this plastic bag? What about this candy wrapper? Such questions are frequently asked in these thoroughly packaged times, yet not so easily answered.
Grist.org offers some assistance with a handy guide to what plastic items can be recycled and where, but this recent episode of...
Climate, Education, Sustainability
What is the National Park Service doing to attract young people? SCA is an answer!
SCA Leaders Jean Bartholomew and Emily Fonti made a guest appearance on CNN this weekend — starring in Morgan Spurlock’s “Inside Man” episode examining the role of young people in National Parks.
Career Success, Education, Kids, Parks
Serve Somewhere Unexpected
ABOVE: Jewel Cave looking all cavey and whatnot.
Sure. You could spend a few months serving the planet with SCA at a world famous national park, working around tourists, instagramming thoroughly oggled geysers in your spare time. Your friends back home will check their phones and be all like, “Oh....
Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Climate, Coasts & Water, Diversity, Education, Endangered Species, Forests, History, Kids, Parks, People, Science, Sustainability, Volunteer Opportunities, Wetlands