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.
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.
350 Volunteers Transform Fort Totten Park
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, April 27, 2015
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
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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...
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, April 20, 2015
400 Volunteers Kick Off a New Partnership for Public Lands
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, April 20, 2015
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"
Posted by Staff | Thursday, April 16, 2015
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
Connecting Youth to Nature: National Parks Week
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, April 16, 2015
It’s National Park Week! SCA recently caught up with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and talked about national parks, connecting youth to nature, and the woman who started it all…
Can you give us a preview of next year’s national park centennial?
The centennial in 2016 gives us all an opportunity to elevate...
Diversity, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities
Exelon Employees Kick Off National Volunteer Week with Chicago Conservation
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, April 14, 2015
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
Posted by Sarika Khanwilkar | Wednesday, April 8, 2015
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
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Saturday, April 4, 2015
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.
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, April 3, 2015
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
Posted by Staff | Thursday, April 2, 2015
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
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Climate, Education, Sustainability
Thank you for your support
Posted by Staff | Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Thank you! We made it…and it’s all because of you. With your support, we were able to meet our fiscal-year end goal. This means that in the next year, your support will help ensure that even more young people can be a vital part of our legacy to protect, conserve...
What is the National Park Service doing to attract young people? SCA is an answer!
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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
Each morning, my teaching partner Nathan and I drive to Florida, Massachusetts to begin teaching at Gabriell Abbott Memorial School. It is a forty-minute drive, through twists and turns, down many hills and then up a mountain. Sometimes we get stuck behind a school bus...
New England winters are tough: freezing temperatures, multiple feet of snow just piled high on the ground at all times, bitter winds that rip through your down jacket like you weren’t even wearing one. What really makes it tough though is how hard it is...
A not so unusual Friday here in Hawley, when the Emma L. Miller Elementary School joined us for the day. The 4th and 5th graders built this quinzhee hut as a part of our wilderness survival lesson for them. This quinzhee is a hollowed out mound of snow that as...
2015 "I <3 Snow" Photo Contest Winners
Posted by Staff | Monday, March 23, 2015
Announcing the winning entries to SCA’s 2015 “I <3 Snow” Photo Contest! Thanks to everyone who entered.
Thursday, March 26
Serve Somewhere Unexpected
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, March 19, 2015
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
Where will SCA take you?
A new multi-year study on SCA’s youth impact shows significant gains across a wide range of indicators.
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