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 Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, November 13, 2012

On the third weekend of October of this year, the Outdoor Nation San Francisco Summit brought together young outdoorsmen from all over the US to encourage them to lead their peers off of the couch and into the foliage. SCA’s Alumni Council gathered at the event to play a special role: Highlighting the fact that an active outdoor lifestyle is the perfect precursor to a career in conservation.

Posted by Staff | Sunday, November 11, 2012

This post is from the SCA Veterans Fire Corps, who helped clear Hurricane Sandy-ravaged streets along the Jersey Shore. For a full scope of SCA’s response to Hurricane Sandy, read SCA President Dale Penny’s letter to constituents.

Posted by Staff | Friday, November 9, 2012

As a native of Colorado, the dry, cool climate and adventurous, get-outdoors spirit of Anchorage are welcome characteristics to me as I adapt to my home (thousands of miles) away from home during my 10 month internship working for the Anchorage Fish and Wildlife Field Office.

Posted by Staff | Friday, November 9, 2012

The SCA Veterans Fire Corps is currently clearing Sandy-ravaged streets along the Jersey Shore but getting there, as they say, was half the battle. Last Sunday, after volunteering to join the relief effort, the Arizona-based team assembled for a 6:00am briefing and within hours they were in the air.

Posted by Staff | Thursday, November 8, 2012

The following email was sent from SCA President Dale Penny to SCA friends in the regions most affected by Hurricane Sandy. We continue to provide updates on SCA’s response to Sandy via SCA’s Conservation Nation blog.Dear SCA Friend,Like you, SCA is greatly concerned about the people and places affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, November 7, 2012

On the morning of November 2nd, with transportation still down across New York City, over 100 volunteers — including SCA alums — made their way to Hudson River Park on the Manhattan waterfront to help with the clean-up effort. Some peddled up on bicycles, others came on foot from as far away as Brooklyn and Queens.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Dani Thompson, SCA’s Designated Caption Quality Evaluator (and FWS Alaska intern) has picked her winner for Round 3 of the Conservation Caption Competition, Fall 2012 Edition. Behold:Congratulations to Johanna Weaver for being toadily hilarious (so, so sorry for that pun).

Posted by Staff | Monday, November 5, 2012

As the long-term effects of Sandy become more evident, those in need of assistance becomes greater. Check back for updates on ways SCA is getting involved. Follow #SandyVolunteers for up to the minute news on where and how you can help.

More than 1,000 NYC Service volunteers are involved in recovery efforts.

Posted by Staff | Friday, November 2, 2012

This post was written by Lilly Stewart.

One of the great things about my internship with the SCA Hudson Valley Corps is the opportunity to work with other organizations, learn new things and take part in exciting programs like the Clearwater. For one fantastic week I got to be a sailor and teach environmental programs while sailing up and down the Hudson River.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hurricane Sandy has caused enormous amounts of damage all over the North East and Mid West. Below are a few volunteer opportunities for anyone who’s willing and able to lend a hand to those in need in the NYC area.The Hudson River Park staff are calling for volunteers to help get the park ready for re-opening.

Posted by Staff | Thursday, November 1, 2012

Our hearts go out to the hundreds of thousands of other families who were not as fortunate. As recovery begins, please see the following links for more:Getting HelpThe Red Cross “Find Help” pageAfter Sandy: Resources to get back on trackHow to HelpDonate to Red CrossGive BloodThe White House - How to Help the Survivors of Hurricane SandySeven way to help online

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Source: The WashCycle, October 31, 2012The Student Conservation Association, in conjunction with DDOT and NPS, performed hundreds of hours of service maintaining trails, removing trash and removing invasive species.SCA also partnered with the District Department of Transportation for the second year which helped fund 4 crews and 22 students in District parks and green spaces this summer.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, October 29, 2012

Hey conservation-minded people who are terrible at photography, stop fretting over the fact that you’ll never win SCA’s Got Dirt? Photo Contest and start writing captions.

Posted by Staff | Monday, October 29, 2012

As you likely know, Hurricane Sandy - a large and potentially destructive storm - is impacting the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast part of the eastern seaboard. Widespread rain, flooding, and power outages are anticipated. Thousands of flights are cancelled and many offices (including DC government offices) are closed.

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Special thanks to SCA’s Philadelphia Crew supporters: National Park Service, Exelon Corporation (PECO), The Boeing Company, William Penn Foundation, PNC, Wheelabrator Falls Inc, Philadelphia Youth Network, George and Miriam Martin Foundation, and others in the Philadelphia area.The SCA Greater Philadelphia Summer Program successfully completed its fourth year, with area youth completing meaningful

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Source: National Forest FoundationSpring of 2012, the NFF supported fish monitoring efforts on the Twelvemile Creek Watershed on the Tongass National Forest. Two SCA interns worked with Forest Service professionals to gather data to better understand restoration efforts at this Treasured Landscape. Learn more

Posted by Staff | Thursday, October 18, 2012

I’m already 7 months into my fellowship and time has flown. A year ago, I never would have pictured myself living in a National Forest in Florida being a conservationist for the Student Conservation Association. I started this journey in Atlanta, Georgia after graduating with a major in recreation. I have always had a passion for recreation. I want to help everyone enjoy the great outdoors.

Posted by Staff | Thursday, October 18, 2012

Written by Jeff Chen, SCA ‘06 and Alumni Council member.For the last three years of my life, I’ve walked and picked up roadside litter with my crew of trash gypsies.

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Ever wonder what SCA members actually do and wanted to connect with them directly? Do you want to see where SCA members or alumni are across the country? Connect, chat and meet them?

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, October 15, 2012

Has the 2012 Got Dirt? Photo Contest got you bummed because you love contests but have never once managed to take a single decent photo?Well I’ve got news that’ll cheer you up: That’s right!

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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.
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