Celebrating 100 Years of the National Park Service
Posted by Staff | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
ABOVE: SCA Centennial Volunteer Ambassadors prepare to net invasive crayfish during their late May training session at Valley Forge National Historic Park.
In advance of the National Park Service’s centennial in 2016, SCA and the Park Service are innovating again to field 70 “Centennial Volunteer Ambassadors” assigned to leading national parks...
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.
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.
Invasives, Kids, Trails and Hiking, Volunteer Opportunities
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.
Backcountry & Wilderness, Diversity, Forests, History, Parks, Sustainability, Volunteer Opportunities
Posted by Staff | Monday, May 18, 2015
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
SCA & American Express Join Forces to Bring 400 Earth Day Volunteers to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx
Posted by Staff | Wednesday, May 13, 2015
The Student Conservation Association teamed up with American Express to bring over 400 volunteers to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx for Earth Day service. Across the park, volunteers nixed invasive vines and planted new seedlings to restore the wetlands and forest. Here is a little peek into how it...
With the first hitch of the season under my belt I feel confident and amped up for the coming months, both the service to be done and the time around my new home. For the first hitch my crew and I focused our efforts on clearing corridors and removing...
At out project site on the Quinobequin Road trail we had the pleasure of making acquaintances with multiple trail users. Many were eager to ask us what we were doing and where we were from. Most of the users lived in the surrounding neighborhood and were very happy to have...
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!
Posted by Staff | Friday, May 1, 2015
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
Posted by Staff | Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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.