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 1958, Grand Teton National Park

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, September 10, 2014

After two years in the US Army, John was seeking a seasonal job with the National Park Service when he discovered SCA. It was the summer of 1958, just SCA’s second year, and John’s interpretive internship at Grand Teton National Park launched a 30-year career with NPS

SCA 2009 Tonto National Monument

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, September 10, 2014

In 2009, while studying Parks, Rec & Tourism at Arizona State University, Joshua Sweet interned at nearby Tonto National Monument, providing interpretive and educational services for visiting youth groups. Just five years later, he’s already held nearly a dozen seasonal ranger jobs and visited more than 100 national parks. We asked him to summarize his journey to date and he sent back an essay titled “The Scenic Route.”

SCA 2005 Yuha Desert & Olympic National Park

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lillian holds a truly rare perspective of SCA: she’s been both a team member – restoring Southern California landscapes and habitats damaged by unauthorized off-road vehicle use – and a team leader, directing the efforts of an SCA trail crew at Olympic National Park.

Signing Off

Posted by Lesley Seale | Friday, September 5, 2014
Well, that’s a wrap. 



Signing Off

Posted by Lesley Seale | Friday, September 5, 2014
Well, that’s a wrap. 



Sawin' Through the End

Posted by Lesley Seale | Friday, September 5, 2014

Second week into the Devil’s Creek thinning project. The team is working like a well oiled and gassed up chainsaw. We are all now pretty comfortable working with saws and...

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and SCA Commemorate the Wilderness Act

Posted by Emily Bowles | Friday, September 5, 2014

Where to begin? How many 22 year-old lumberjacks can say that they have cut down a blowdown with a congressman, the Secretary of the Interior, President of the Wilderness Society and the Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service? My head is inflating just thinking about it. But after...

Trails and Hiking

SCA 2011, Cococino National Forest

Posted by Staff | Friday, September 5, 2014

“When I joined the Veterans Fire Corps,” says Davon, “that structure and camaraderie from living in the same house, pursuing the same mission, gave me the same feeling I had while serving in the Army.”

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Friday, September 5, 2014

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, SCA members and alumni joined up for conservation service with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, USFWS Director Dan Ashe, and Wilderness Society President Jamie Williams at the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey.

SCA 1980, Zion National Park; 1983, Appalachian Trail

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 29, 2014

Steve is a partner with Boies, Schiller & Flexner, a law practice involved “in every major legal battle of the era,” according to The American Lawyer magazine. Steve has represented a variety of clients in antitrust, intellectual property and other complex cases including Microsoft, Oracle and Napster. He also represented the plaintiffs in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8 banning gay marriage. Among his other affiliations, Steve is a member of the SCA board of directors.

SCA 2013, Grand Teton National Park, Department of the Interior

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 29, 2014

If you want to find Cristina, just look outside. The University of Michigan biology major could be off collecting soil samples, strolling through Nichols Arboretum, or playing field hockey. Cristina felt at home in nature at a very early age, and recently wrote about her evolution from bug rustler to outdoor advocate in NationalParksTraveler.com.

SCA 2010-13

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 29, 2014

Jane was an interpreter at her most recent SCA hitch in Shirley, NY, and says “I loved seeing campers come to the realization that they could one day get a job and work with nature, wildlife, or the environment. It’s possible for them!” That, by the way, is Jane’s career goal, too. Last year, at NationalParksTraveler.com, she wrote about the need for space, concluding that “solitude can happen even when you’re among others.”

Following Successful Events in Tennessee and Quebec

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, August 28, 2014

On August 23rd, SCA teamed up with national supporter Domtar to refurbish a community skating rink and playground in Nekoosa, Wisconsin. Since 2012, Domtar has supported SCA’s urban initiatives for youth in cities across the country. SCA crew leaders from New York City, just finished with a season of fieldwork helping urban parks recover from Hurricane Sandy, were excited to travel to Wisconsin to help facilitate the project — and share stories of their work with urban youth.

Emily Bowles Reflects on Her Experience Preparing Great Swamp NWR to Host the Wilderness Act's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by Emily Bowles | Thursday, August 28, 2014

In the most famous passage of the Wilderness Act, writer Howard Zahniser defines wilderness beautifully and concisely: “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by...

SCA Member Jeffrey Sommer on Rescuing Hatchlings from Hungry Raccoons

Posted by Jeffrey Sommer | Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hungry predators are determined to get a good meal, even if it isn’t easy. Plenty of our screened nests see attempted predation by raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, and ghost crabs. Luckily the seashores boar population hasn’t gotten involved in this trend, as a boar could easily shred through...

SCA Member Marinell Chandler Reveals the Wilderness Act-Related Name of Denali's Latest Puppy

Posted by Marinell Chandler | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

As of today, our new puppy is over two weeks old. His eyes have opened, and he is growing very quickly from the little pup that could fit in my one hand to one that is starting to toddle around the floor of his pen. From day one after...

Start the Saws!

Posted by Lesley Seale | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hello readers! Once again SCA Alaska Corps Team 1 has moved to another location to start a different type of work. After three weeks of traveling from location to location, we have finally settled into our last project in the Chugach National Forest. We have taken it a step...

Kickin' it in Kenai

Posted by Lesley Seale | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Off to Kenai National Park and our last week with invasive plant pulling. We’re camping at Miller’s Landing in Seward, our first time being on the coast! We’re in a rainforest ecosystem and are feeling the reality of that, LOTS OF RAIN. We are currently camped out among a few...

Eradicating Weeds in Wrangell-St. Elias

Posted by Lesley Seale | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

This past week has been a blast as we continued our fight eradicating invasive species! This week we pulled clover, dandelions and timothy grass in Kennecott the old mining town and root glacier in Alaska. So not only did we pull weeds but we had an awesome view of the...

Historic leadership in response to environmental crisis

Posted by Staff | Monday, August 25, 2014

By Jay A. Satz

In the summer of 1988, two fairly typical forest fires were burning in different districts of Yellowstone National Park, but I was so busy managing SCA activity in the Northwest that I hadn’t noticed. That changed in early August when the blazes merged, more fires started, and...



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