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 | Monday, January 27, 2014

On January 8, 2014 Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior announced a $1 Million private funding commitment from American Eagle Outfiltters, Inc. (AEO) to help develop the next generation of outdoor stewards. During the event she spoke about the importance of creating the next generation of  leaders.

by Tom Barnes

Posted by Tom Barnes | Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ever looked out your window and wondered which of our flying feathered friends is perched on your feeder? Or maybe you even take note of the variety of beautiful birds that pass through your backyard or favorite hiking spot, but have no idea what kind of birds they are and...

SCA 1976: Yosemite

Posted by Staff | Thursday, January 23, 2014

In 1976, as a high school junior, Ellen Tohn flew from New York to California to join an SCA trail crew in Yosemite National Park. The airline lost her luggage – but Ellen found her calling.
Following another hitch with SCA, degrees at Cornell and MIT, and years of work in environmental policy, today Ellen is a nationally recognized expert in housing-based environmental health threats, indoor air quality and lead poisoning prevention.

SCA Volunteers Celebrate MLK's Legacy from Coast to Coast

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hundreds of SCA volunteers across the country took to the field yesterday to celebrate the MLK National Day of Service. From pulling invasives with National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis in DC, to cleaning up a historic park in Harlem, to rejuvenating community gardens in California, SCA members carried on...

Over 125 Volunteer at Ft. Dupont Park in Washington, DC

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, January 22, 2014

TOP PHOTO: NPS Director Jon Jarvis surveys the litter haul with DC Community Crew member Ashley C. during SCA’s MLK Day service project in Ft. Dupont Park

It’s not every day that you’ll find National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis out tromping around the woods in southeast Washington, DC,...

In Harlem, volunteers brave rain and snow to continue a legacy of service.

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, January 22, 2014

SCA volunteers braved rain, sleet, and snow at January’s ConSERVE NYC event in Manhattan – and kept going strong! The project was an auspicious start to a weekend of SCA service events nationwide to mark the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service.


How CNCS made MLK Day More than Just a Holiday

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, January 16, 2014

This year we celebrate MLK Day’s 20th anniversary as a national day of service. While the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr has been a federal holiday since the early eighties, it wasn’t until 1994, when an act of Congress created the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), that we began to observe the date as a “day on, not a day off.”

by Tom Barnes

Posted by Tom Barnes | Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Conservation doesn’t stop at the borders of the US — protecting the diversity of wildlife and habitat is an international responsibility.


A Commitment to a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps

Posted by Staff | Friday, January 10, 2014

Secretary Jewell announces a ground-breaking public-private partnership with American Eagle Outfitters to develop the next generation of conservationists and outdoor stewards.

AEO Pledges $1M to Support CCC 2.0

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Friday, January 10, 2014

On January 8th, at the memorial dedicated to the president who founded the Civilian Conservation Corps, SCA members and alumni joined U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in announcing a $1 million pledge from American Eagle Outfitters to launch the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps.

A longtime partner of SCA, American...

Posted by Staff | Thursday, January 9, 2014

On January 8, 2014 Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior announced a $1 Million private funding commitment from American Eagle Outfiltters, Inc. (AEO) to help develop the next generation of outdoor stewards. During the event she spoke about how important the Student Conservation Association has been in pioneering conservation...

Posted by Tom Barnes | Monday, December 30, 2013

Look out, Northeast — already there have been many more sightings of snowy owls this season, and much further south than expected.

An irruption, in birding, is when a species of bird moves into an area where it doesn’t normally winter. Snowies have been spotted as far south as North Carolina...

Posted by Tom Barnes | Tuesday, December 24, 2013

With so many options to choose from, finding the right gift for that special someone can be stressful. But there’s a gift that almost anyone can appreciate, and that’s one that gives back to wildlife: the Federal Duck Stamp.

It’s one of the surest ways of conserving America’s nature....

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Friday, December 20, 2013

This year the Northwest Youth Program successfully piloted a youth conservation crew program based in South Snohomish County, Washington. This crew was designed to provide teenagers from the South Snohomish region with a conservation-based service experience within their own neighborhoods. The 2013 summer crews marked a critical start of SCA’s Snohomish...

Earthsaver of the Month

Posted by Staff | Friday, December 20, 2013

“SCA has given me the opportunity to impact the lives of students from diverse backgrounds.”

Earthsaver of the Month

Posted by Staff | Friday, December 20, 2013

“I heard about a service event SCA was organizing… and I realized that it was a call for me to march into the wild!”

Posted by Tom Barnes | Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Wisdom the Laysan albatross returned to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge!

Wisdom laid her newest egg on November 29, 2013 – exactly a year and one day since she laid her last egg! She and her mate are currently brooding the egg. Wisdom is the oldest banded, wild bird in the...

Earthsaver of the Month

Posted by Staff | Friday, December 13, 2013
Heidi Untener (right) and her family volunteering at SCA's Earth Day 2015 Event in Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, New York

“I serve the planet because I care about the world in which I live, appreciate the beauty in all its great and small things, and know that its resources are not unlimited.”

SCA combines two things I deeply believe in: nature conservation and young people.

Posted by Staff | Friday, December 13, 2013

Louise Shelley of Washington, DC, is a generous SCA contributor who also donates her time, contacts, and considerable energy to advancing the cause of youth conservation service right in her own neighborhood – literally. Louise’s magnificent backyard garden is a stone’s throw away from the Battery Kemble unit of Washington...

Volunteers come together to build resiliency in the Bronx

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The winter weather didn’t stop more than 90 volunteers from coming out to Van Cortlandt Park on Saturday, December 7th, for SCA’s biggest ConSERVE NYC event so far.

Van Cortlandt Park’s famed Cross Country Trail (recently profiled in the NY Times) offers a beautiful three-mile course through the woods and hills of...


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

Meet some of the amazing women who blazed a trail with SCA

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
See Posts by Dakota McCoy
Ariel Lepito
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
See Posts by Ariel Lepito
Jessica Zamudio
Yosemite National Park
See Posts by Jessica Zamudio

Staff Bloggers

Ann Pedtke
New York City
See posts by Ann Pedtke
Joseph Thurston
Washington, DC
See posts by Joseph Thurston

Alumni Stories

Where will SCA take you?

SCA Alum Parker Davis seen in his Crew days at Mount Rainer in 2010 and at his college graduation this year.
Parker Davis is a four-time alumnus of SCA’s Seattle community crew program. When an SCA staff member saw the announcement...
“Something different” is what Jessica Aronson Cook was looking for when she first joined the Student Conservation Association (SCA) as...

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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