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 2011-Present

Posted by Staff | Thursday, June 12, 2014

Serah is studying international business and Spanish, and one day hopes to become ambassador to a Spanish-speaking nation. But this summer the 19-year old is working as an SCA apprentice crew leader in her hometown of Milwaukee. Having previously served on three SCA crews, and with three brothers who also have SCA experience, Serah is well acquainted with the drill and is introducing other local teens to the great outdoors and community service.

SCA Hits the Trails from New York to Seattle

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, June 12, 2014

This National Trails Day, SCA volunteers were at work from coast to coast improving our nation’s trails — from wilderness spaces in the Adirondacks to urban park paths in Manhattan.

Over Trails Day weekend, New York led the way with five National Trails Day events across the state. In New York...

75 Volunteers & 15 Organizations Unite to Restore the Dallas Riverfront

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, June 5, 2014

On June 4th, SCA joined Southwest Airlines and 13 other partner organizations for the Inaugural Corporate Day of Service on the Trinity River Corridor in Dallas.

Southwest employees have been active in restoring the Trinity River Corridor for the past two years, working with the City of Dallas to...

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The first Saturday in June is traditionally an excellent weather day in Seattle and a perfect time to discover, celebrate, and learn about trails in the city as part of National Trails Day.  This year, Seattle Parks and Recreation, together with community partners such as the Student Conservation Association, are...

About the Student Conservation Association

Posted by Staff | Monday, June 2, 2014

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is a nonprofit organization that offers conservation internships and summer trail crew opportunities to more than 4,000 people each year. SCA members complete projects in every conservation discipline - from archeology to zoology - and everything in between.

SCA is focused on developing conservation...

Celebrating the Re-Opening of the Washington Monument

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, May 19, 2014

The Washington Monument reopened recently, following 2 years and $15M worth of repairs after damage sustained during a 2012 earthquake. The Department of Interior and the National Park Service celebrated the occasion with a ceremony on the National Mall, MC’d by ...

See you on the Trail!

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, May 15, 2014

June is THE month to get outside!

OK, sure, at SCA we believe in getting outside every day all year round, but if for some odd reason you could only pick one month to embrace the great outdoors, June would have to be it!

Why, you ask?...

by Eric Magnus

Posted by Eric Magnus | Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Eric here with a look back at the last leg of the “CONSERVATION ROCK TOUR ALL STAR GREAT AMERICAN ROAD TRIP ECO-FRIENDAPOLOZA ‘14” that Dan and I have been immersed in for the past month, otherwise known as Reverb and L.L. Bean’s Campus Consciousness Tour.

After a week-long jaunt through the...

ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Continue a Legacy of Service at Floyd Bennett Field

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, May 13, 2014

At May’s ConSERVE NYC event, over 50 SCA volunteers took to the beachfront to continue the storm recovery process by removing 1500 pounds of debris from Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.

Corpsmember, Luis Saurez

Posted by William Hough | Friday, May 9, 2014
Corpsmember, Luis Saurez, kicking it.

Corpsmember, Luis Saurez 


Luis Suarez is a south Florida native who definitely prefers its northern half to its sunny beaches. Bike enthusiast and critically acclaimed dancer, Luis spends some afternoons sifting...

Corpsmember, Jared Renaud

Posted by William Hough | Friday, May 9, 2014
Corpsmember Jared Renaud, relaxing.

Corpsmember, Jared Renaud


Born & raised in New Jersey as the eldest of a six-son homeschooling family, I like using my work as a means of getting acquainted with the unfamiliar. I attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI graduating in 2010 as a history major and...

by Eric Magnus

Posted by Eric Magnus | Monday, May 5, 2014
Daniel Penzi of the SCA Reverb Tour Crew models an assortment of L.L. Bean gear stuffs

After a short break we’re back on the road with the Reverb Campus Consciousness Tour, hitting 6 schools in 7 days and covering nearly 2000 miles!

Needless to say, we’ve already had plenty of time on the highway to contemplate the...

150 Volunteers Restore Dallas's Trinity River Corridor

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Earlier this spring, SCA teamed up with national supporter Southwest Airlines for Message to the Field — a series of service events bringing together Southwest employees, friends, and family to beautify communities across the nation. As a culmination of this spring service campaign, SCA and Southwest joined up on...

by Jean Bartholomew

Posted by Jean Bartholomew | Tuesday, April 29, 2014

On Saturday, rain and clouds gave way to sunny, warm weather for our final “Heart This City” service event in Point State Park. 80 volunteers from across Pittsburgh turned up to join AEO and SCA volunteers. It was exciting to see groups from Pittsburgh Cares, Pitt, CMU, Duquesne,...

Posted by Staff | Monday, April 28, 2014
SCA Earth Day 2014 Event -- Seattle, WA

Posted by Staff | Monday, April 28, 2014
SCA Earth Day 2014 Event -- New Orleans, LA

Posted by Staff | Monday, April 28, 2014
SCA Earth Day 2014 Event -- Houston, TX

Posted by Staff | Monday, April 28, 2014
SCA Earth Day 2014 Event -- Detroit, MI

Posted by Staff | Monday, April 28, 2014

by Jean Bartholomew

Posted by Jean Bartholomew | Thursday, April 24, 2014
Service at The Point in Pittsburgh with American Eagle Outfitters.
I heart the rolling hills. I heart the rivers. I heart the bridges. I heart the Steelers. I truly heart this tough little city.
Yep, you guessed it! We have finally arrived in Pittsburgh, the City of Champions. I will refrain from using this blog as a platform to...


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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