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.

SCA 2010-13

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 29, 2014

Jane was an interpreter at her most recent SCA hitch in Shirley, NY, and says “I loved seeing campers come to the realization that they could one day get a job and work with nature, wildlife, or the environment. It’s possible for them!” That, by the way, is Jane’s career goal, too. Last year, at NationalParksTraveler.com, she wrote about the need for space, concluding that “solitude can happen even when you’re among others.”

Following Successful Events in Tennessee and Quebec

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, August 28, 2014

On August 23rd, SCA teamed up with national supporter Domtar to refurbish a community skating rink and playground in Nekoosa, Wisconsin. Since 2012, Domtar has supported SCA’s urban initiatives for youth in cities across the country. SCA crew leaders from New York City, just finished with a season of fieldwork helping urban parks recover from Hurricane Sandy, were excited to travel to Wisconsin to help facilitate the project — and share stories of their work with urban youth.

Emily Bowles Reflects on Her Experience Preparing Great Swamp NWR to Host the Wilderness Act's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by Emily Bowles | Thursday, August 28, 2014

In the most famous passage of the Wilderness Act, writer Howard Zahniser defines wilderness beautifully and concisely: “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by...

SCA Member Jeffrey Sommer on Rescuing Hatchlings from Hungry Raccoons

Posted by Jeffrey Sommer | Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hungry predators are determined to get a good meal, even if it isn’t easy. Plenty of our screened nests see attempted predation by raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, and ghost crabs. Luckily the seashores boar population hasn’t gotten involved in this trend, as a boar could easily shred through...

SCA Member Marinell Chandler Reveals the Wilderness Act-Related Name of Denali's Latest Puppy

Posted by Marinell Chandler | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

As of today, our new puppy is over two weeks old. His eyes have opened, and he is growing very quickly from the little pup that could fit in my one hand to one that is starting to toddle around the floor of his pen. From day one after...

Start the Saws!

Posted by Lesley Seale | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hello readers! Once again SCA Alaska Corps Team 1 has moved to another location to start a different type of work. After three weeks of traveling from location to location, we have finally settled into our last project in the Chugach National Forest. We have taken it a step...

Kickin' it in Kenai

Posted by Lesley Seale | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Off to Kenai National Park and our last week with invasive plant pulling. We’re camping at Miller’s Landing in Seward, our first time being on the coast! We’re in a rainforest ecosystem and are feeling the reality of that, LOTS OF RAIN. We are currently camped out among a few...

Eradicating Weeds in Wrangell-St. Elias

Posted by Lesley Seale | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

This past week has been a blast as we continued our fight eradicating invasive species! This week we pulled clover, dandelions and timothy grass in Kennecott the old mining town and root glacier in Alaska. So not only did we pull weeds but we had an awesome view of the...

Historic leadership in response to environmental crisis

Posted by Staff | Monday, August 25, 2014

By Jay A. Satz

In the summer of 1988, two fairly typical forest fires were burning in different districts of Yellowstone National Park, but I was so busy managing SCA activity in the Northwest that I hadn’t noticed. That changed in early August when the blazes merged, more fires started, and...

Preparing Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge to Celebrate 50 Years of Wilderness

Posted by Emily Bowles | Friday, August 22, 2014

When William Bradford hopped off of the Mayflower and onto Plymouth Rock, he described the landscape that lay before him as a “hideous and desolate wilderness.” Wilderness, in 1620, was not a scarce resource to be protected and treasured. It was scary and empty, a wasted space awaiting the day...

ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Clear Invasives at New York's "South Pole"

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ConSERVE NYC events have taken our volunteers as far north as Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx, as far west as Hudson River Park in Manhattan, and as far east as Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing. On August 16th, our volunteers traveled to the southern-most point of New York to serve at Conference House Park on Staten Island.

SCA Intern Jacob Cravens Feels Out the Perfect Interpretive Talk for Capitol Reef National Park

Posted by Jacob Cravens | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
How do you make a person feel a connection with the natural world so that they want to conserve it? In my last blog I...

SCA Member Amosh Neupane Refuses to Be Sad Even Though the Best Summer Ever Is Ending

Posted by Amosh Neupane | Monday, August 18, 2014

While loading the hard hats into our van at Floyd Bennett Field, I heard someone ask, “Why are we taking these hats with us to the ceremony?” Someone behind me replied, “Maybe these are our graduation caps.” And it was then that it dawned on me: there would...

SCA Intern Jeffrey Sommer Keeps Tabs on the Hatchlings at Canaveral National Seashore

Posted by Jeffrey Sommer | Saturday, August 16, 2014

Turtle Conservation isn’t all starlit, beachside fun and games folks. In fact a good chunk of the work I do keeping sea turtles off the extinction list happens inside the library of Canaveral National Seashore headquarters. In order to prove that sea turtle conservation is working and worthwhile,...

Buy Textbooks with Cengage Brain to Save Money & Support SCA

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, August 15, 2014

Want to save money on your text books and help save the planet AT THE VERY SAME TIME? Who wouldn’t, right? So go on and sign up for Cengage Brain’s Extra Credit program...

SCA 1983, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 15, 2014

“We were a very diverse group of high school students – kids from the inner city, rural communities, and suburban areas, some of whom had never spent time in the outdoors or traveled outside their state, and we bonded with each other over the course of the program.”

SCA 1975, 1976

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 15, 2014

“Somehow we’ve silo-ed the health of the earth into a political issue: them versus us. I can’t stand opposition on that level. It’s ignorant, upsetting, and un-American.”

SCA 2006, 2009, 2012

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 15, 2014

“As we returned to our campsite one day, we saw a massive grizzly wandering just five feet from my tent. We followed all the bear protocols but it was the most terrified I’ve ever been.”

SCA Intern Marinell Chandler Welcomes the Season's 1st Puppy at Denali's Sled Dog Kennels

Posted by Marinell Chandler | Thursday, August 14, 2014

The next generation of Denali’s wilderness protectors has arrived!

This past week, the kennels became a whir of activity preparing for – and finally, celebrating – the arrival of Sylvie’s due date. Late at night on August 9th Sylvie 


Last Week of the Season

Posted by Gabby Andrews | Wednesday, August 13, 2014

 Welcome to our trail crew - SCA Trail Corps Gabrielle, Miranda, Chad, Ryan, and Alexis. Follow our summer journey 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...



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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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