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 2014 - NYC

Posted by Staff | Friday, July 11, 2014

The joy I experience when I realize what I’m doing isn’t for me, but is for every single living and non-living object of this planet. Conservation is giving ode to previous generations for helping mother Earth live and at the same time safeguarding the Earth for future generations.

SCA 2014 - East Bay Regional Parks, Oakland, CA

Posted by Staff | Friday, July 11, 2014

From a young age, I had spent all of my free time outdoors, participating in outdoor sports, biking and hiking, farming and gardening, and just enjoying the beauty of nature. It finally dawned on me that I wanted to be part of the movement that took care of natural areas so others could also enjoy its beauty and resources as I had.

Earthsaver of the Month

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, July 10, 2014

“Serving the planet shouldn’t be seen as a time-consuming burden, but as a way of life.”

Earthsaver of the Month

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, July 10, 2014

“At an SCA service event at Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx…I experienced a utopian community: people of all ages, ethnicities, backgrounds, and beliefs working together, getting down and dirty to help the planet.”

118 High School Students Hit the Field to Build Resiliency in NY & NJ

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, July 9, 2014

This week, 118 high school students are headed into the field in New York City and New Jersey to help continue the storm recovery process after Hurricane Sandy.

Last summer, SCA launched the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Program, working with the National Park Service to engage students in restoring Gateway...

10 Day Hitch

Posted by Lesley Seale | Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Greetings from SCA Alaska Team 1! We are currently sitting in a comfy, plush cabin that the kind people of Eagle River Parks and Rec put us in as a thanks for all of our hard work. Complete with steak, BBQ chicken, and a beautiful, relaxing lake, it was all...

by PaHoua Lee

Posted by PaHoua Lee | Monday, July 7, 2014

My parents were born and raised in Laos. They were farmers, built homes from mud and plants, and did their best to live off the land. Although they immigrated to the United States in 1985, their love of farming has persisted to this day. I was born and raised in...

by Amosh Neupane

Posted by Amosh Neupane | Monday, July 7, 2014

To many people, the thought of spending the summer outside working under the sun isn’t a pleasing prospect. The sweat, the sunburn, the awkward tan lines, the freckles, and all the other downsides of outdoor labor make people desire an air-conditioned office workspace over something outdoorsy. But guess what… I...

by Nicole Catino

Posted by Nicole Catino | Monday, July 7, 2014

The air is hot and humid, the days are long, when it’s not raining the sun is shining (imagine that), which can only mean one thing… that it’s finally summer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! And in my SCA Green Cities position working on the Black and Gold City Goes...

SCA 1993-1996, 2004-2005

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, July 3, 2014

“Once I got skis on my feet, I knew this was it! SCA has taught me the importance of sustainability and the ethical responsibility to be part of the solution and not the problem. My relationships from SCA are still with me today and have opened doors I never thought possible.”

Ups and Downs

Posted by Lesley Seale | Wednesday, July 2, 2014
On to week 3 up here at Mt. Baldy, and our first 10 day work week. We’re working through the weekend this week in order to be off early for the Fourth of July weekend coming up. There were some ups and downs this week, keeping things interesting.
 
The...

Cruising Through Our Second Week!!

Posted by Lesley Seale | Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Last week started off with beautiful weather on top of Mt. Baldy were we finished our re-vegetation and opened up the first phase of trail construction to the hikers of Anchorage! Much to our delight the hikers were happy to have a new safe trail to hike/run on. With the...

ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Restore the Bronx Waterfront

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, July 1, 2014

SCA teamed up with the NYC Parks Natural Areas Volunteers and the Appalachian Mountain Club this weekend to clear almost an acre of invasive species from New York City’s largest park.

On Saturday, 70 volunteers gathered at Pelham Bay Park in the...

Habitat Monitoring in Leadore

Posted by William Hough | Sunday, June 29, 2014

For the first Wildlife hitch, the crew consisted of Josephine Gingerich and Tyler Garrett.  This project is mostly active field biology on a range of species.  For our first hitch we headed to the town of Leadore, ID, population 105.  Originally a mining town (lead-ore), it is surrounded by vast...

SCA 1978 Chaco Canyon

Posted by Staff | Friday, June 27, 2014

“I’d had a lot of outdoor experience before SCA,” he notes, “but what I didn’t have was focus, discipline. I didn’t have the sense that there were careers in nature that I could make a living.”

2013 Alum, SCA NPS Academy & Bering Land Bridge National Park & Preserve

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, June 27, 2014

SCA member Devdharm Khalsa celebrates nature with his formidable photography skills. “Great photo stories become symbols of landscapes & species worth protecting, show the important work scientists & researchers are doing to make this happen, & encourage the public to care about the environment…”

SCA 1998, 2003, 2004

Posted by Staff | Friday, June 27, 2014

Sara was just 15 when she first joined SCA as a trail volunteer in New Mexico. “I was in a wonderful environment with wonderful people,” Sara recalls. “It was the most influential summer of my life.” Much of what she learned that year and through two subsequent SCA internships is evident in her writing as well as her ongoing conservation efforts. “SCA enabled me to develop a great appreciation and respect for Mother Nature,” says Sara, now 31. “I credit with shaping who I am today.”

2 SCA Interns, 161 Whale Bones, & 5,922 Miles

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Google will tell you that 2,961 miles lay between Glacier Bay National Park and Seal Cove, Maine, but it will not give you directions from one to the other. Remarkably, this lack of Googleable routes did not prevent a 3,729 lb whale skeleton from...

I have to cover what....lessons in building water bars.

Posted by Gabby Andrews | Saturday, June 21, 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 our first Welcome Blog and you...

SCA 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012

Posted by Staff | Thursday, June 19, 2014

Jay Carter started with SCA in September of 2005 when he was a freshman at City Charter High School, and has remained very active with SCA ever since. He began volunteering as a member of the TRRO Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC) joining the alumni of that program known as “Trailblazers”. He went on to attend summer national crews on the Appalachian Trail in Maine (2007), Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania (2008), Haleakala National Park in Hawaii (2009) and Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee (2012). He also attended SCA’s EarthVision event in Washington, D.C. (2008), Power-Shift Conference in Washington, D.C. (2009), and completed an SCA Conservation Internship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Rice Lake Refuge in Minnesota (2011).

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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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