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 | 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!

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, October 5, 2012

SCA’s caption quality evaluation intern*, Danielle Thompson, has selected her favorite of this week’s captions.BEHOLD. Congratulations to Greg Jackson for coming up with the winner. Greg, keep an eye out for the postman; your prize is in the mail.This round of the Conservation Caption Competition, Fall 2012 Edition, has been brought to you by SCA national partner Dr Pepper Snapple Group.

Posted by Staff | Thursday, September 27, 2012

SCA is hitting the road to find the next generation of conservation leaders. Summer is over and many of our summer 2012 members are readjusting to life back home. But our recruiters are ready to find the next batch of earthsavers.Are you or anyone you know interested in getting to work for the planet?

Posted by Staff | Thursday, September 27, 2012

by Jillian Begin, SCA Crew Member, Borderland State Park, MassachusettsTrail work hurts. Between the sore muscles, bruises and scrapes, there’s no getting around the fact that this is physical labor. We live in a world of risks: tick bites, poison ivy, chainsaws, and boulders. Working ten days in a row can weather an individual.

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Our very own SCA spokeswoman and top female surfer, Lakey Peterson, needs your support! The worlds largest annual surfer poll is open and we want Lakey to win this year - especially after her epic win at this years US Open where SCA had a booth and hosted a beach clean up. It only takes a minute, please vote now and help SCA’s Lakey Peterson win!

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Two good things in one app: find parks near you and support SCA! What more could you ask for?American Park Network, creator of Oh, Ranger!

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, September 26, 2012

When I walk outside these days, there’s a bluster in the air. It’s not often warm. Sometimes… I shiver.It wasn’t always like this. Just last month I could run around town in shorts. There was no chill, no shivering, only heat and sweat. Times have changed, and so has the weather.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Welcome to the Conservation Caption Competition, Fall 2012 Edition. Every second Monday between now and December 7, I’ll be posting a photo to Facebook and calling on you, gentle reader, to caption it.Captions are due by 5 PM Wednesday. The winning caption, as chosen by our designated caption quality evaluator, SCA intern Danielle Thompson, will be posted here and on Facebook Friday morning.

Posted by Staff | Monday, September 24, 2012

Above: Wolfweed Wetlands—San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge

I love the idea of working for a government environmental agency—National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife, etc.—so when I got offered a position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, I was definitely happy. When I was told I would be working in Water Resources, I was ecstatic.

Posted by Staff | Friday, September 7, 2012

As my internship at Fire Island National Seashore comes to a close, I was lucky enough to have two “employee enrichment” days - or as I like to call them, field trips!

Posted by Staff | Friday, September 7, 2012

From the Mount Rainier National Park Volunteer Newsletter September 2012.
We would like to highlight a special intern this summer to help show how much the park relies on and appreciates our volunteers. The east side Backcountry Intern through the Student Conservation Association, Kris Youtz, was first on scene to an emergency call in the Glacier Basin area in the past month.

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, September 4, 2012

(Photo above) Cassin takes in the aroma of flowers grown from the compost he helped create. NPS photo.

The dogs in the Denali National Park kennels produce up to 50 pounds of poo a day. That’s the same weight as some of our sled dogs! In 1980, the kennels staff decided that launching all that poo down the hill behind the kennels building probably wasn’t the greatest idea.

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