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.

2014 WRMC Conference

Posted by Staff | Monday, August 4, 2014

Attend the WRMC in Atlanta Oct. 1-3, 2014 and gain practical risk management skills, network with others in the industry, share field and administrative techniques, and help develop risk management standards for the adventure and education industries.

SCA ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Help Keep the Queens Botanical Garden Organic

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Friday, August 1, 2014

SCA volunteers in New York City don’t take the summer off. This Saturday, 80 volunteers came together at the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing for July’s ConSERVE NYC event.

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 1, 2014

Staten Island high school student Becky Merzlyakov had such a great experience on SCA’s Youth Conservation Corps in New York City that she came back again… and again. Now in her third summer on the crew, Becky documents the challenges and rewards of working on a team to conserve the...

SCA 1978 Yosemite National Park

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 1, 2014

An associate professor of communications at Springfield College, Marty Dobrow is the award-winning author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door: Six Minor Leaguers in Search of the Baseball Dream and Going Bigtime: The Spectacular Rise of UMass Basketball, as well as numerous stories for The Boston Globe, Sports Illustrated, espn.com, and many others.

SCA 1978 Yosemite National Park

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 1, 2014

In 1978, I was going to a boarding school, The George School in Pennsylvania. There were assemblies every week, and one was about the Student Conservation Association, where students who had internships would talk about their experience. It sounded perfect for me. I applied but was wait-listed. A week before the summer session started, I got a call. Someone had dropped out so a space opened for me. I happily packed my bags.

SCA 1978 Yosemite National Park

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 1, 2014

Thirty-six years after her initial SCA experience, Dolly remains a familiar face at SCA. During spring training sessions, she helps SCA crew leaders sharpen their crosscut skills as well as their saws, sharing her craft and her passion. Initially, however, she was rebuffed in her bid to rejoin SCA – a lesson that has guided much of her life since.

SCA 1978-Present

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 1, 2014

Scott has been directly responsible for creating service opportunities for tens of thousands of students – including all three of his children, who are among SCA’s 75,000 alumni. For over three decades, Scott has worked tirelessly for SCA while architecting the Public Lands Corps Act and lending his leadership to the Public Lands Service Coalition. Prior to SCA, he was as a national park ranger and earlier this year accepted The Corps Network’s Legacy Achievement Award.

SCA Comes Together 100 Members Strong to Mark the Midpoint of NYC Summer Crews

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, July 31, 2014

On July 29th, SCA’s community crews in New York City and New Jersey came together 100 members strong to celebrate the midpoint of their summer crews with a project at New York City’s most famous green space: Central Park.


Posted by Staff | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SCA Field Blogger Amosh Neupane Records a Day of Crew Work at the Soundview Park Salt Marshes, NYC

Posted by Amosh Neupane | Monday, July 28, 2014

Instead of working at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, the crew was headed to a new location: Soundview Park in the Bronx. I was horrified when our crew leaders shared information about the carnivorous black flies in the salt marsh where we would be working. The shocking news had me worrying for the rest of the day: “What if a fly takes a chunk out of my face?”

SCA 1990, Yosemite National Park

Posted by Staff | Monday, July 28, 2014

“Climate change, urban pollution and biodiversity loss all stem from increasing human greed and materialism.”

Growing up in Bhutan, Tshewang Wangchuk long assumed he would become a monk.  Today, however, the SCA alumnus is executive director of the Bhutan Foundation, a National Geographic explorer and one of the world’s leading experts on...

PaHoua Lee & her Oakland Conservation Crew Visit the Marine Sanctuary

Posted by PaHoua Lee | Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sea lions, and monkeyface eels, and kayaking oh my! Everyone loves Fridays, including SCA crews. A wonderful aspect of participating in a Community Crew is the fact that Fridays are designated as environmental education days. Crew leaders plan activities and trips that expose crew members to local initiatives, green businesses,...

SCA 2010-2013

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, July 24, 2014

I enjoy being outdoors and if it’s possible to have a job that doesn’t seem like a job, why not? Conservation work keeps me happy and lets me explore while getting paid to do so.

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, July 24, 2014

Last month, after three years of working for the National Park Service, I earned my career tenure with the federal government. This accomplishment would not have been possible without my SCA service, which gave me the “golden ticket” of non-competitive hiring status.

Initiating Invasive Species Removal

Posted by Lesley Seale | Tuesday, July 22, 2014



Mt Baldy Wrap Up

Posted by Lesley Seale | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
This was our final week on Mt. baldy for the summer. We’ve done a lot...

Posted by Staff | Monday, July 21, 2014

You’re the expert on this topic: who is Jaime Matyas?

I’ve played soccer since I was 10 and I love being part of and building high functioning teams and mentoring others. I am innately curious and get energized by learning new things. Growing up, I spent a lot of time outside...

Posted by Staff | Monday, July 21, 2014

Jaime Berman Matyas is an accomplished and devoted leader in the conservation field and I am delighted to welcome her to SCA. Jaime is a proven innovator with a brilliant mind and the innate ability to bring the right parties together to accomplish common objectives. Teamwork and diversity have been...

Paddle Boarding on the Bay with REI & SCA

Posted by Staff | Monday, July 21, 2014

SCA Alumni Council Leah Duran (pictured below) writes about the REI-led stand-up paddle boarding class recently held at Richmond Marina in the Bay Area exclusively for SCA alums. second course will be held this Friday, 7/25 in Redwood City. You probably also want to join...

Boardwalk Production Begins!

Posted by Gabby Andrews | Friday, July 18, 2014

Welcome to our trail crew - SCA Trail Corps Gabrielle, Miranda, Chad, Ryan, and Alexis. Follow our summer journy as we build mountain bike trails with the Cleveland Metroparks! If you want to get to know us a little better take a look back at our first Welcome Blog and you...


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

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

Member Bloggers

Rachelle Hedges
San Mateo County Parks
See Posts by Rachelle Hedges
Sarika Khanwilkar
Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge
See Posts by Sarika Khanwilkar
Elizabeth Braatz
St. Croix Wetland Management District
See Posts by Elizabeth Braatz
Noah M Schlager
National Trails Intermountain Region
See Posts by Noah M Schlager
Dakota McCoy
Yosemite National Park
See Posts by Dakota McCoy
Ariel Lepito
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
See Posts by Ariel Lepito
Jessica Zamudio
Yosemite National Park
See Posts by Jessica Zamudio

Staff Bloggers

Ann Pedtke
New York City
See posts by Ann Pedtke
Joseph Thurston
Washington, DC
See posts by Joseph Thurston

Alumni Stories

Where will SCA take you?

SCA Alum Parker Davis seen in his Crew days at Mount Rainer in 2010 and at his college graduation this year.
Parker Davis is a four-time alumnus of SCA’s Seattle community crew program. When an SCA staff member saw the announcement...
“Something different” is what Jessica Aronson Cook was looking for when she first joined the Student Conservation Association (SCA) as...

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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