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.”
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.
How CNCS made MLK Day More than Just a Holiday
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, January 16, 2014
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.
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 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.”
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...
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...
While it seems counterintuitive, students can learn the most when they’re not at a desk. And that’s the mission of the Schoolyard Habitat Program — to teach students about the outdoors, while outdoors.
Hands-on learning is the name of the game here, with students and educators working with the U.S. Fish...
Whether you’re in a post-Thanksgiving turkey coma or eating popcorn at the premiere of “Catching Fire,” food is on everyone’s mind, wildlife included. And for good reason — animals across the Northeast are preparing to sustain themselves during the coming winter months.
Temperatures are dropping and food is getting scarce. Of...
My name’s Tom, and as an SCA outreach assistant with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s communications oﬃce in the northeast, I’ll be sharing stories with you these next few months.
I’m a senior English major at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and besides working with the Service, I’m an editor at the student newspaper and perform with UMass’s premiere sketch comedy troupe. I’m looking forward to talking to you about conservation news and entertaining, educating nature stories.
Posted by Alyssa Kalter | Friday, November 22, 2013
Most of my time at my SCA internship was spent working with and improving the projects I discussed with you guys in my last blog: food waste management, electrical use reduction. I spent some of my extra time looking for what low hanging fruit I could address regarding other aspects...
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to thank you for being a part of SCA.
Posted by Staff | Friday, November 22, 2013
Your support is an essential ingredient in our time-tested recipe for success: Investing today to build the conservation leaders of tomorrow.
To express the gratitude of everyone at SCA, we’re sharing another recipe that has proven successful year after year: Our founder Liz Putnam’s very own Thanksgiving apple pie.
Among the waste reduction projects I worked on at Zephyr Cove, my favorite was working on food waste. I knew I would be working with food waste reduction before I came here; it’s one of the things that attracted me to the position. When I got here, I...
Bears & Bins
At the beginning of my internship ARAMARK brought all of the SCA Sustainability Interns to Philadelphia for an orientation to discuss the program and learn more about SCA and Aramark. We spent most of the time viewing presentations and in discussions with SCA and ARAMARK leaders, but we...
Hey all, I’m Alyssa, I’m currently working as an ARAMARK/SCA intern out in Nevada at a resort/campground. My internship is actually almost over, but I was given the great opportunity of talking about it...
"My investment in SCA is the hard work of protecting our natural resources."
Posted by Staff | Monday, November 18, 2013
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Next spring, a 600-ft section of slope along Riverside Drive in upper Manhattan — badly eroded by stormwater runoff — will burst into bloom again with 850 bluebells and daffodils planted by SCA volunteers at this weekend’s ConSERVE NYC event.
On Saturday, November 9th, over 50 volunteers gathered at Riverside Park,...
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 »