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.

Posted by Staff | Friday, February 13, 2015
Davon Goodwin, SCA Alum at work with the Veterans Fire Corps

Davon Goodwin had already made a range of contributions – and sacrifices – before he joined SCA. An Army veteran, he’d pulled extended tours of Iraq and Afghanistan; in the latter, an improvised explosive device fired shrapnel into his brain and shattered two vertebrae.  Davon says recovering from his wounds...

Career Success, Education, Forests, Kids, Wildfires

SCA Intern Marlisa Jemison on Electrofishing with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, February 12, 2015
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 study wildlife on public lands all over the United States.
It’s our great pride and...
Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Education

Inspired by SCA service, Quincy Swatson is bringing opportunity to his Pittsburgh neigborhood

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, February 12, 2015

Growing up in Pittsburgh’s troubled Manchester neighborhood in the 1990s, Quincy Kofi Swatson thought most of his doors were closed. “It was a homogenously poor neighborhood,” he says, “and homogenously of one race, and you’d get caught up in the mindset that everyone is in the same situation and there...

Animals & Wildlife, Career Success, Coasts & Water, Education, Kids, Volunteer Opportunities

What's it like to be a conservationist working in Geospatial Information Systems? SCA's Rachelle Hedges describes a typical day.

Posted by Rachelle Hedges | Thursday, February 12, 2015

Well, I really left you hanging last time, didn’t I? I got you all excited about GIS and the amazing things it can do, but I never told you what you would do if you worked in GIS. So, what does a day in the life...

Education, Parks, Science

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Here at SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps, our teaching season is in full swing. I and many of my fellow corps members find ourselves teaching all kinds of science lessons in elementary schools, from electricity and magnetism, light and sound, to animal adaptations, or composting. When I first started teaching in my...

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Wednesday, February 11, 2015

January is always misconstrued as something boring, dead, and lifeless, and… and dull… something along those lines. For anyone who believes this, I invite you to visit Hawley. One needs only to awake at dawn and take a walk around the pond to see life everywhere. You see miniscule mouse...

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Wednesday, February 11, 2015

As a result of comfort and familiarity, and also attachment and ownership, I’d say your second visit someplace, or your third or fourth and so on, always looks very different from the first time you see a new place. After flying over eight states and driving through two more, I...

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Wednesday, February 11, 2015

After a refreshing winter holiday filled with sickness and catching up with my family, I am excited to get back to Hawley. It’s expected to snow the day I arrive and I feel as if this is a good omen for the next month and a half. I’m looking forward...

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I’ll just jump right in and give you a forecast for the weather this week: It’s about 20 degrees right now, we have a foot of snow forecast within the next 24 hours, and temps are expected to dip down to ten below twice this coming week.

If you’re from the...

ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Brave Freezing Temperatures to Restore the Harlem River

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, February 10, 2015

On February 7th, flurries were in the air and over a foot of snow already blanketed Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx. But that didn’t stop 65 volunteers from coming out to the riverfront for February’s ConSERVE NYC event.

Diversity, Education, Invasives, Kids, Parks

Sarika Khanwilkar Finds Her Niche at Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge

Posted by Sarika Khanwilkar | Thursday, February 5, 2015
Student Conservation Association Member Sarika Khanwikar with an endagnered Gopher Tortoise

Sarika Khanwilkar spends her mornings with a skunk named Mango, and her afternoons watching out for endangered Gopher Tortoises. Learn more about her life as an SCA intern in her first field dispatch from Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge.

Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Education, Endangered Species, Parks

Making a Difference with GIS by Rachelle Hedges

Posted by Rachelle Hedges | Wednesday, February 4, 2015

In December of 2010 I left a career in advertising to go back to school for a degree in natural resources management. One of the main reasons for making this change, was that I needed a job in which I could work outside. I love being outside. I love hiking....

Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Coasts & Water, Forests, Parks, Science

Ospreys versus Civic-Minded Citizens

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Saturday, January 31, 2015

Everyone (that we asked) is in agreement. This year’s superbowl will be decided by which team is more in tune with conservation, nature, and the great outdoors.

Now, obviously you’re thinking, “You guys. One team has a formerly endangered, sea-faring bird as its mascot, while the other has, what? A Revolutionary...

History

CDIP Capstone Project

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Isaac Coleman served as a CDIP (Career Discovery Internship Program) Intern at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama. This video is his capstone project.

CDIP Capstone Project

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Shevika Mitchell served as a CDIP (Career Discovery Internship Program) intern at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. This video is her capstone project.

Preserving Ecosystems Through Smartly Deployed Flames

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Above: SCA Veterans Fire Corps members Wesley Adams, Benjamin Pattyson, Andrew McFarland, Laren Nowell, Demetric Wade, and Ramon Delgado.

Here we have a photo of one of our Veterans Fire Corps crews all geared up and ready to go for a prescribed burn at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge...

Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Forests, Wildfires

What You Need to Know to Get Published on SCA's Blog

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, January 26, 2015

Thank you for your interest in blogging for SCA. Your experience and the work you do as a conservationist is what SCA is all about. Here are some tips that will help you put that experience into words. Follow them, and you just might find your story posted to SCA’s website!...

SCA Alum Jessica Wonyee Sanchez on Serving as a Citizen Scientist for MLK Day 2015

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, January 23, 2015

This past Monday we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday by participating in the “California King Tides” citizen science project. This event was hosted by Acterra, a Peninsula-based environmental non-profit in the SF Bay Area. We had a great turnout (close to seventy people!), at the East Palo Alto Bay...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Diversity, Education, History, Kids, Parks

1000+ SCA Volunteers Rally for MLK Day

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, January 20, 2015

SCA recognized the MLK National Day of Service with 8 major volunteer events coast to coast, with projects in NYC, DC, Pittsburgh, Houston, New England, and the Bay Area. Over 1000 volunteers pitched in, including Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Joins SCA Volunteers to Clean Up the Anacostia River

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Despite freezing temperatures, over 450 DC-area residents rallied together at Anacostia Park to celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service through a morning of volunteering on the riverfront. Among the volunteers in attendance were special guests Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, and SCA President and CEO Jaime Matyas.

History, Kids, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

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Meet some of the amazing women who blazed a trail with SCA

Our 2015 Summer Roadtrip takes you to amazing places and member stories around the country.

75000 Members have served with SCA

Throughout the Summer of 2014 we marked our 75,000th member with 75 stories of the women and men have served with SCA - read them here.

Read about the women and men who helped build America’s oldest and largest youth conservation service organization here

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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Ariel Lepito
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
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Jessica Zamudio
Yosemite National Park
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Staff Bloggers

Ann Pedtke
New York City
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Joseph Thurston
Washington, DC
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Alumni Stories

Where will SCA take you?

Todd Nelson is the volunteer coordinator at Grand Canyon National Park. We asked him about his career, the National Park...
SCA alum Lauren Ray, aka the Rapping Ranger, has written and performed hip hop odes to each park that she's worked at, starting with Arches National Park where she served as an SCA Intern.
SCA alum Lauren Ray reveals how her SCA internship with the National Park Service helped her discover her public-lands-loving hip hop alter ego, the Rapping Ranger.

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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