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.
by Jean Bartholomew
Posted by Jean Bartholomew | Thursday, April 24, 2014
ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Plant 2000 Seedlings at Hudson River Park
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
An army of blue-clad Conservation Rock Stars stormed Hudson River Park on Saturday, celebrating Earth Day with hands-on service at April’s ConSERVE NYC event.
by Stacy Stone
Posted by Stacy Stone | Monday, April 21, 2014
What a great day for a service project in the Crescent City! Bad weather forced us to reschedule the project earlier this month, so we were ecstatic to be back in New Orleans, this time with sunshine and clear blue skies. The weather was a great indicator of how we’d...
SCA 2009 Shenandoah National Park
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Since a 2009 SCA internship at Shenandoah National Park, Don Macänlalay has gone on to do social media for The Nature Conservancy, the largest environmental nonprofit in America, and one of the most trusted. He began at their national headquarters in Arlington, VA , focused on Tumblr and Instagram, but soon moved on to managing all social media for their Washington state oﬃce in Seattle.
by Eric Magnus
Posted by Eric Magnus | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
As we arrived in Miami, the balmy night air breezing in through our rental car made this much clear: our winter was over. Where Dan and I live in New York City, this year’s relentlessly cold weather made Spring seem like a distant dream, even in the second...
Over 50 Volunteers, a Butterfly Garden + One Amazing Mural
Posted by Stacy Stone | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
This Saturday Chicago showed us what it means to HeART This City! Over 50 volunteers gathered at Our Lady of Tepeyac School to spruce up the playground and finish an amazing mural by street artist Nina Palomba. We teamed up with local SCA leaders and staff and spent the morning with volunteers painting, mulching, and planting a butterﬂy garden in the school’s playground.
Posted by Staff | Monday, April 14, 2014
Great ways to celebrate Earth Day can include a walk in the park, attending a local Earth Day event, or even starting a local garden. However, to long-time SCA supporters, John and Patricia Case, every day is Earth Day.
Where conservation is concerned, John and Patricia feel strongly that, “People have...
by Jean Bartholomew
Posted by Jean Bartholomew | Saturday, April 12, 2014
We made it to the Windy City! This week, I arrived with the stellar “HeART this City” team and immediately set to prepping for Saturday’s event. Chicago has been warm and sunny, much to my surprise. Spring in this city is significantly nicer than I expected!
Wild50 2014 Crew
Posted by Leah Cantor | Friday, April 11, 2014
Hitch 4 brought WildCorps to the Living Desert, a public botanical garden and zoo in Palm Desert, CA. The Living Desert is unique in that it is the only American zoo focused...
Dale Penny @ the Corporation for National and Community Service
Posted by Staff | Friday, April 11, 2014
If I told you of a human-made environmental crisis so widespread that it threatened many of the places we hold dear, a dilemma that has spurred controversial commentaries from those in the media and divergent responses from government, you’d say I was referring to climate change. And you would be wrong....
Posted by Chris Olsen | Tuesday, April 8, 2014
After living in the desert through the heart of winter, springtime in the Mojave comes on like a freight train, and suddenly you’re walking through a Ralph Steadman painting and there’s lilies and poppies and blue dicks and the beavertail cactus is blooming, as is the creosote and the bladderpod...
by Jean Bartholomew
Posted by Jean Bartholomew | Monday, April 7, 2014
We made it to New Orleans! And then out of New Orleans a little earlier than expected, but more on that later. This city’s charm immediately captivated me - I can firmly say that I Heart this City! This being my first time to NOLA, I was so...
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, March 31, 2014
With winter finally winding down (go team spring!), what better time to announce the winners to the “I...
ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Clear Ground for the Greenway
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, March 25, 2014
This weekend, 100 SCA volunteers joined up to build resiliency on the New York City waterfront by clearing ground for a new section of the Brooklyn Greenway.
The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative seeks to connect 14 miles of the Brooklyn waterfront from...
Alternative Spring Break in the Bay Area
Posted by Jean Bartholomew | Sunday, March 23, 2014
What a day! It was so exciting to see so many people come out to the kick-off event for HeART This City. We started out the day bright and early at 7am to begin setting up for the day’s activities. I got to work preparing my domain - the registration table. We adorned it with our sweet limited-edition t-shirts, water bottles, SCA sunglasses, and breakfast. Meanwhile, my compadres began prepping the timber for planter box construction.
by Jean Bartholomew
Posted by Jean Bartholomew | Friday, March 21, 2014
Serve Somewhere Unexpected
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Cover: Natural Bridges Nat’l Monument, known for its starry nights, NPS/David W. Frank
Sure. You could spend a few months serving the planet with an SCA internship at a world famous national park, working around tourists, instagramming well-known geysers in your spare time. Your friends back home will check...
Hundreds of Students have converged on four National Parks
Posted by Staff | Wednesday, March 19, 2014
SCA’s NPS Academy 2014 is off and running! Hundreds of college students have converged on four national parks to get a first-hand view of what careers in the National Park Service (NPS) are all about.
This year, more than 120 students from diverse backgrounds are visiting Grand Teton, Great Smoky Mountains,...
Mount Rainier Recognizes SCA Northwest's Contributions through NPS Director's Partnership Award
Posted by Evan Escamilla | Monday, March 10, 2014
The National Park Service Director’s Partnership Award annually recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and/or lifetime achievements carried out by national park partners nationwide, everyday. It’s a great honor to SCA’s Community Crew program to be nominated by our long time partner Mount Rainier National Park.
Thirty years ago, in 1984, the...
Posted by Staff | Monday, March 10, 2014
Between March 3, 2015 and April 6, 2015, the public is invited to comment on a grant application submitted by the Student Conservation Association to the California State Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Vehicle Motorized Recreation Division.
Preliminary applications are available on the division website at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov for review and comment...
Meet some of the amazing women who blazed a trail with SCA
Our 2015 Summer Roadtrip takes you to amazing places and member stories around the country.
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
Where will SCA take you?
A new multi-year study on SCA’s youth impact shows significant gains across a wide range of indicators.
Read about the Study here »