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.

Serve Somewhere Unexpected

ABOVE: St. Regis Canoe Area

Sure. You could spend a few months serving the planet with SCA at a world famous national park, working around tourists, instagramming thoroughly oggled geysers in your spare time. Your friends back home will check their phones and be all like, “Oh. Look at that....

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Climate, Coasts & Water, Diversity, Education, Endangered Species, Forests, History, Invasives, Kids, Parks, Science, Sustainability, Volunteer Opportunities, Wetlands

The closest you'll get to being there without being there...

If you love parks as much as we do, you’ll L-O-V-E this video from More Than Just Parks. 

The “rock” at :44? Priceless!

MTJP | Joshua Tree from More Than Just Parks on Vimeo.

Help us protect such public lands treasures forever and ever. Donate today. ...

Backcountry & Wilderness, Coasts & Water

Photos that warmed us up to a cold, cold winter

ABOVE: Another entry by grand prize winner Bernice Ngo, this one titled Ready to Climb.

Wow, what a winter it’s been! For the I <3 Snow Photo Contest, we called for images that would inspire people to embrace the great outdoors in spite of the cold. It’s a good...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Parks

Building a Public Lands Workforce that's as Diverse as the America that it Serves

ABOVE: Ranger Glenn leads SCA NPS Academy members on an ecology hiking featuring the flora and geology of the Great Smokies.

Each spring for the last 5 years, young conservationists of diverse background have come together from colleges and universities all over the country, converging at select national parks to begin...

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Diversity, Education, Kids, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

SCA alumni, donor and environmental educator, Jessica Aronson Cook

“Something different” is what Jessica Aronson Cook was looking for when she first joined the Student Conservation Association (SCA) as a Canyonlands National Park intern. Little did she know she would find her future career and life-long friends.

After finishing a very challenging teaching job for emotionally troubled teenagers and before...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Education, Kids, Parks, People, Science

High score from prestigious Interactive Media Awards

The Student Conservation Association’s website, www.thesca.org has won a ‘Best in Class’ prize for Nonprofits from the Interactive Media Awards (IMA), with a total score of 491 out of 500. The IMA Competition, held since 2006, recognizes the highest standards of excellence in website development and...

Career Success, Education

SCA works better because #AmeriCorpsWorks.

SCA has been a proud partner of AmeriCorps since the program was created back in 1994. The 19,000 AmeriCorps members that have served with SCA since that time have dedicated over 10.4 million hours to protecting, studying, and promoting the spaces where nature thrives all over the country, from...

Education, History, Parks, Sustainability, Volunteer Opportunities

Extending NPS Career Opportunities to Diverse Young Conservationists

This week marks the beginning of SCA NPS Academy 2015, as 20 young conservationists hailing from myriad backgrounds gather in Grand Teton National Park for a 7-day look at what it’s like to work for the National Park Service as protectors and promoters of America’s pricelessly wild publics lands....

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Diversity, Education, Parks, Volunteer Opportunities

The Key Largo Woodrat is almost extinct. SCA member Chris Burgess is trying to change that.

SCA Intern Chris Burgess is helping pull back the Key Largo woodrat from the brink of extinction

Humans have been blamed for the demise of myriad creatures…so imagine helping to pull one back from the brink of extinction.

The Key Largo woodrat has a gray-brown back, a white belly, and measures 14 inches from nose to tail. “They’re kind of cute,” states SCA intern...

Animals & Wildlife, Endangered Species

Marty Talbot, Scott Warthin, Liz Putnam discuss their work with SCA

Marty Talbot’s conservation credentials are seemingly endless: she’s an award-winning biologist, an accomplished author, and her pioneering research has spanned more than 50 years and 60 countries. Marty is also co-founder of SCA.

Career Success, History

Happy Birthday to the Grandest of All Canyon-Centric Parks!

Theodore Roosevelt was a grand man known for grand gestures, thus it should be no surprise that he loved—LOVED—the Grand Canyon. When he visited it in 1903, making him the first president to do so, his reaction was, well… grand. “The Grand Canyon fills me with awe....

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, History, Parks

6 members of SCA's Massachusetts AmeriCorps Program help Bostonians get out from under 7 ft of snow

The Danger Six, a “Special Operations Unit” composed of SCA Massachusetts Americorps members and staff, traveled to the city of Boston to aid in snow removal efforts. For three days and two nights, the unit cleared snow and received positive encouragement from many Bostonians. Although their service in Boston is...

Climate, Volunteer Opportunities

Where tech & nature intersect, SCA Member Rachelle Hedges sees the future of conservation

I had just witnessed first-hand that using technology and spending time outdoors is not an either/or proposition. One does not inherently exclude or lessen the value of the other, and just because we have a generation that loves their phones, doesn’t mean we won’t have a generation of conservationists too. I believe the marrying of technology and nature will help to better both, making each more valuable, more accessible and healthier. And I believe that students like the ones I worked with today will be the driving force behind this marriage for many years to come.

Education

SCA Member Sarika Khanwilkar feels inspired after making a Gopher Tortoise's day

I was picking up trash the other day on the West edge of Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, where old pizza boxes, beer cans, plastic bags and other miscellaneous, unidentifiable objects are scattered across the landscape. Most of this litter is cast from cars zipping by...

Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Forests

Mary Nghe and Stacey Kinney -- two CDIP Interns with the Student Conservation Association

Growing up in Houston, Stacey Kinney says she only saw ducks on office park ponds. Now, here she was at Coldwater River National Wildlife Refuge in Lambert, Mississippi, netting and banding them by the dozen. 

“Getting one of those little silver bands on is not easy,” Stacey declares. “The ducks  start...

Animals & Wildlife, Career Success, Diversity, Education, Endangered Species, Wetlands

Steph Jeffries supports SCA because it helps students identify their life's work

Today Steph Jeffries is a professor in the Forestry and Environmental Resources Department at North Carolina State University. In the summer of 1992, she was an SCA intern at Chugach National Forest in Alaska. 

Her recent book, Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests, gives readers rich, ecological insights into 30 different popular...

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Education, Forests, Parks, Science, Trails and Hiking

Davon Goodwin, SCA Alum at work with the Veterans Fire Corps

Davon Goodwin had already made a range of contributions – and sacrifices – before he joined SCA. An Army veteran, he’d pulled extended tours of Iraq and Afghanistan; in the latter, an improvised explosive device fired shrapnel into his brain and shattered two vertebrae.  Davon says recovering from his wounds...

Career Success, Education, Forests, Kids, Wildfires

SCA Intern Marlisa Jemison on Electrofishing with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This post was written for Open Spaces, the official blog of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s part of a monthly series featuring SCA interns writing about their experiences working to promote, protect and study wildlife on public lands all over the United States.
It’s our great pride and...
Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Education

What's it like to be a conservationist working in Geospatial Information Systems? SCA's Rachelle Hedges describes a typical day.

Well, I really left you hanging last time, didn’t I? I got you all excited about GIS and the amazing things it can do, but I never told you what you would do if you worked in GIS. So, what does a day in the life...

Education, Parks, Science

ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Brave Freezing Temperatures to Restore the Harlem River

On February 7th, flurries were in the air and over a foot of snow already blanketed Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx. But that didn’t stop 65 volunteers from coming out to the riverfront for February’s ConSERVE NYC event.

Diversity, Education, Invasives, Kids, Parks

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75000 Members have served with SCA

Over 75,000 women and men have served with SCA - read some of their stories here.

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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
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Staff Bloggers

Ann Pedtke
New York City
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Joseph Thurston
Washington, DC
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Alumni Stories

Where will SCA take you?

“Something different” is what Jessica Aronson Cook was looking for when she first joined the Student Conservation Association (SCA) as...
Mary Nghe and Stacey Kinney -- two CDIP Interns with the Student Conservation Association
Growing up in Houston, Stacey Kinney says she only saw ducks on office park ponds. Now, here she was at...

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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