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.

Celebrating SCA Members' Work on Public Lands

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The United States Department of the Interior (DOI) has over 360,000 followers on Instagram, and all this week that gargantuan community of public lands enthusiasts will be seeing (and “liking”) photos taken by SCA members!

DOI (@usinterior) has made it a priority to connect young Americans of all...

Barbara Baird and Chuck Haggard

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, October 21, 2014

When asked what first inspired her interest in nature, award-winning wildlife photographer, Barbara Baird, said it was the flash of blue from an eastern bluebird.  As a young girl, Barbara’s parents often took her family to visit parks just outside of Chicago, and it was on one of these trips...

Employees & families clear storm damage at Millwood State Park

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, October 15, 2014

On October 4th, SCA teamed up with national supporter Domtar to renovate campgrounds and clear storm debris at Millwood State Park in Ashdown, Arkansas.

SCA 1964, Olympic National Park

Posted by Staff | Friday, October 3, 2014

Ed Bartlett’s history with SCA goes back to 1964, when he served on a crew in Olympic National Park. A private investor who lives full time Chevy Chase, MD, we recently visited Ed and his wife Mary at their summer home in Damariscotta, ME, where he introduced us to another member of the family who, like Ed, is a dedicated steward of our environment.

SCA 1993, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, AK

Posted by Staff | Friday, October 3, 2014

No matter how many good days you’ve enjoyed, it’s doubtful you’ve been on top of the world as often as Eric Larsen. The arctic explorer and Minnesota native has trekked numerous times to both the North and South Poles to raise awareness of climate change, and in 2010 Eric reached both poles plus the summit of Mount Everest within a 365 period.

WRMC 2014 - Stone Mountain, Georgia Oct 1-3

Posted by Staff | Monday, September 29, 2014


  • Educate wilderness practitioners on risk management and practical skills.
  • Share field and administrative techniques in risk management.
  • Influence risk management standards in the wilderness adventure and education industry
  • Provide a networking and professional development forum with today’s leaders in the field

Since the very first gathering in 1994, the Wilderness Risk Management Conference...

SCA 1971, Olympic National Park

Posted by Staff | Monday, September 29, 2014

Growing up in Cleveland, Jackie’s early encounters with nature were mostly centered on the Great Lakes. Her SCA crew experience introduced her to the West, showed her how to live in the moment, and taught her “how to persevere while carrying heavy loads and with blisters on my heels.”

SCA 2006, Yellowstone National Park

Posted by Staff | Monday, September 29, 2014

A good percentage of SCA interns are seeking job experience, but John already had a career’s worth by the time he applied to SCA. He’d just retired as an executive at WGBH-TV, one of the nation’s top public television stations, and was looking for new pursuits when he heard Yellowstone was looking for a “wolf ambassador.” John got the gig and has been a seasonal ranger at Yellowstone ever since.

Foresters, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, September 25, 2014
SCA Crewleaders Christina Perdos and Kip Stein at the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation

Christina Perdos and Kip Stein served as SCA crew leaders on opposite sides of the country. Now they work across the desk from each other as urban foresters at the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, helping to support the next generation of SCA members in the Big Apple.

by Mike Adamovic

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, September 24, 2014

SCA AmeriCorps member Mike Adamovic knows a lot about SCA spirit. Not only is he in his third term battling invasives species and promoting watershed health with SCA’s Hudson Valley Corps, but he also spreads the word about the natural wonders of New York’s Hudson Valley through his...

SCA 2014, Boston Harbor Islands NRA

Posted by Staff | Monday, September 22, 2014

Sophia, a U-Mass Boston environmental science major who served last summer at Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, represented SCA’s 75,000 alumni last week when she accepted the Walden Woods Project Environmental Challenge Award. A huge Eagles fan, she was thrilled to meet the Project’s founder, Don Henley, and chat with the night’s major award winner, Robert Redford. We also took a moment to speak with her.

SCA hitches: too many to count

Posted by Staff | Monday, September 22, 2014

In 1984, Russ – a career teacher – stepped in to run SCA’s Seattle office on an interim basis, and that started a quarter-century run with SCA. Since then, Russ has led SCA high school crews in Yellowstone and Denali, taught Wilderness Work Skills to hundreds of grateful students, and consulted on SCA’s award-winning Mount Rainier flood recovery program in 2007-2008, among other roles.

SCA 1979, Yosemite National Park

Posted by Staff | Monday, September 22, 2014

Chip is managing member of Fazenda Investments, LLC, a private equity and real estate investment firm. In the past, he’s consolidated fragmented industries ranging from outdoor advertising to bowling centers, but lately Chip has shifted his focus to sustainable, organic foods. A member of the SCA board of directors with a keen interest in alumni relations, Chip earned his BA from Middlebury College and his MBA from the Darden School of Business.

SCA 2014 Kenai Fjords National Park

Posted by Staff | Friday, September 19, 2014
Photo: NPS/Alana Stickney

There’s definitely a sense of “we’re not in Kansas anymore” in Amidia Frederick’s blog from Alaska – even though she’s from Huntingdon, PA. Upon her arrival, she writes, “I could feel that I was a long way from Pennsylvania and that there was a wealth of inspiration and knowledge for me” at Kenai Fjords National Park.

Aurelia Casey, SCA 2012, 2013, 2014

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, September 18, 2014

Aurelia Casey started out as a community crew member in New York City, but she didn’t stop there. After Hurricane Sandy, she came back for a second year on the crew to help her Staten Island community recover from the storm, and brought out friends and family to participate in SCA’s ConSERVE NYC events. After meeting the education staff of Hudson River Park during a ConSERVE NYC event, Aurelia landed her first SCA internship position this summer, where she was able to share her conservation experience with park visitors and take the first steps toward pursuing a career in education.

Volunteers Gather for Historic Restoration on Governors Island

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

SCA celebrated the one-year anniversary of ConSERVE NYC by bringing together 100 volunteers for historic restoration at Governors Island National Monument.

SCA Alum '11, '12, '13, '14

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, September 12, 2014

CJ Goulding has attended SCA’s NPS Academy as both a member and a mentor. He’s interned for SCA in the Grand Tetons and led crews of high school students in city parks for SCA’s Seattle Community Program

Interior Sec. Jewell Joins SCA & AmeriCorps for a 9/11 Service Project in D.C.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, September 12, 2014

Alongside SCA President Jaime Matyas, AmeriCorps Director Bill Basl, and George Washington Memorial Parkway Superintendent Alex Romero, Secretary Jewell led 125 SCA and AmeriCorps volunteers in an hours long effort to restore a stretch of Potomac River shoreline located just outside of Washington, DC.

SCA 2007, 2013

Posted by Staff | Thursday, September 11, 2014

At age 15, Grace moved with her dad from her homeland of Cameroon to Seattle. A few months later, she was on an SCA crew in the North Cascades, and since then has returned for another field hitch and an 18-month stint as an office assistant.

Earthsaver of the Month

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Imran Khan, an SCA volunteer, serving during Earth Day 2015 at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, New Yorlk

“If I can help to make my peers aware of environmental issues and encourage them to get involved, I can expand our generation’s impact far into the future.”



Staff Bloggers

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New York City
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Washington, DC
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Washington, DC
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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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Dana DeSousa
Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge
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