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 | Monday, March 4, 2013

SCA’s Alternative Spring Break 2013 kicks off this week at Big Cypress National Preserve in Southern Florida.

Follow along right here as three members of the preserve’s 30-person crew provide daily accounts of their week-long conservation adventure, brought to you by SCA and American Eagle Outfitters.

Look for updates all month, with fresh bloggers every Monday, as this is just the first of

Posted by Staff | Friday, March 1, 2013

Hello! Greetings from Ohio!

As I prepare all my gear for each trip that I head out on I find myself reflecting specifically on those that I have had before. I find myself wondering, what is in store for me in southern Florida on this alternative spring break with the SCA? I am excited to meet a large group of my peers from all different walks of life.

by Andrea Willingham

Posted by Andrea Willingham | Thursday, February 28, 2013

What kind of natural environment did you grow up in? Have you ever considered how it might have affected the way you see the world today?

by Andrea Willingham

Posted by Andrea Willingham | Thursday, February 21, 2013

Andrea’s been in Nome, Alaska since this summer, serving as the SCA Multimedia and Graphic Design Intern for Bering Land Bridge National Preserve.

by Andrea Willingham

Posted by Andrea Willingham | Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Andrea’s been in Nome, Alaska since this summer, serving as the SCA Multimedia and Graphic Design Intern for Bering Land Bridge National Preserve.

by Andrea Willingham

Posted by Andrea Willingham | Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Andrea’s been in Nome, Alaska since this summer, serving as the SCA Multimedia and Graphic Design Intern for Bering Land Bridge National Preserve. We’ll be posting her accounts of her adventures in this remote, near-Arctic region over the next couple weeks.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had my sights set on Alaska.

SCA 2012 Allaire State Park & SCA 2013 Clearwater National Forest

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, February 5, 2013

For 17-year-old SCA alum Jordan Chow, serving a three-week stint with SCA was just the beginning. After his 2012 summer crew position at Allaire State Park in New Jersey, Jordan came home and took a closer look at conservation volunteer opportunities in his own community in Chappaqua, New York.

Posted by Staff | Monday, January 28, 2013

FIELD TRIPS ARE OFTEN the highlight of any student’s day, but many schools can no longer afford them. So, SCA takes the field trip back to the classroom. In Manchester, NH, intern Scott Baumwald enters a fourth grade class with a small sandbox, a watering can, and a large stone covered in mud. He instructs one student to roll the rock while another showers it with water.

Posted by Staff | Friday, January 25, 2013

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, January 22, 2013

What an inspiring (and busy) few days it’s been! We asked you to take a break from your service over the weekend to tell the world how or why you serve the planet. The response was, predictably, impressive.Big thanks to all those who participated! By sharing your reasons for service, you helped inspire the world to serve.With so many great responses, picking a winner was tough.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, January 11, 2013

The noisemakers and hats are all put away but on Martin Luther King Day, America will launch a New Year of Service. By serving together, we can extend Dr. King’s legacy of doing for others and build a brighter future for all.To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.„ President Obama is asking all Americans to participate in a National Day of Service on Jan. 19th..

Posted by Staff | Thursday, January 10, 2013

ALASKA IS HOME TO HALF this nation’s wilderness, yet for many Native youth it remains The Last Frontier.

Posted by Staff | Friday, January 4, 2013

Okay. So. Now that I have obtained the pictures to prove it, I will tell you all about the awesome outreach project I’ve worked on for much of my internship… a project which has finally been project-ed onto some kids!
You see, the brain behind my internship was Jeff Heys, formerly a Habitat Restoration Biologist at the Anchorage Fish and Wildlife Field Office.

Posted by Staff | Thursday, January 3, 2013

Thank you for partnering with SCA to ensure the future of conservation, for believing that young people can change the world, and for supporting SCA.SCA will continue to do what we’ve always done: empowering young people so that they will become the future stewards of our land and the next generation of conservation leaders that our planet so desperately deserves.

Posted by Jarred Shaw | Monday, December 31, 2012

Here’s Jarred’s crew mate, Leah Cantor, with her take on the SCA Sandy Relief Corps experience. PHOTO: Jennica Tamler and Leah Cantor (L-R)

Mother Nature can be a powerful and heartbreaking force. The neighborhood I was born and raised in was completely wrecked.

Posted by Jarred Shaw | Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My crewmates and I had good reason to look forward to our arrival in Hunterdon County.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, December 19, 2012

It’s time! Time for the year’s last round of the Conservation Caption Competition, Winter 2012 Edition. Let’s end the year right with an absurd caption for this absurd photo.Entries are due, either here or on Facebook, by 5 PM EST on Friday.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Of the thousand plus Conservation Internships that we have posted right now, these are, in our expert opinion, the 10 most unbelievably cool. Have a look at the list and decide for yourself. Best decide fast, though. Internships this awesome won’t stay open for long.Complete an application and apply for as many as you like today.10.

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, December 19, 2012

This holiday, give a gift on behalf of conservation. Want a few reasons why? Here are 3 reasons why SCA should be the recipient of your year-end giving. Don’t just take it from us; take it from these three these valuable sources.1. REI says SCA is worth it. That’s right. REI’s flagship Seattle store has made SCA it’s sole recipient of this year’s holiday giving tree.

Posted by Jarred Shaw | Saturday, December 15, 2012

Our first day on post-Sandy restoration duty at Cheesequake State Park began with a foggy morning. Dave Donnelly, park superintendent, met us bright and early, outfitted for the damp weather with bright yellow rubber boots. When we told him that two of our chainsaws were on the disabled list, his gracious response was to lend us a couple spares from Cheesequake’s own gear cache.


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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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Ann Pedtke
New York City
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Washington, DC
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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.
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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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