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 | 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!

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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
Editor’s note: Over the next several weeks, SCA and American Eagle Outfitters are bringing love to urban greenspaces across the country with a series of major service events called “HeART this City.” Native plants will be planted, massive murals will be painted, and hundreds of volunteers will roll up...

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...

SCA Alum Eli Livezey has more than 300 miles of Service on his boots

Posted by Staff | Monday, March 3, 2014

I had two job offers for the summer before my junior year of high school, and I went for the one that came with new boots. The job was with Student Conservation Association (SCA), a program that offers youth the opportunity for real jobs in the conservation field.

Cultures come together to continue the storm recovery process in Queens

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, March 3, 2014

SCA teamed up with the National Park Service at Gateway National Recreation Area to organize the largest ConSERVE NYC event to date, bringing over 100 volunteers to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on March 1st to continue the storm recovery process.

Posted by Christine Remein | Friday, February 28, 2014

Southwest Airlines employees blew in from the frigid Chicago weather to give back to local nonprofits inside the tropical Garfield Park Conservatory on Wednesday. After an engaging presentation from Annette Prince, an SCA alum and director of the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, a chorus of hammers rang out as the volunteers began the surprisingly challenging task of constructing birdhouses.

SCA Alumni and Leader Jesse Alton

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Thursday, February 27, 2014

This year the Northwest Community program is celebrating 30 years of community programming and conservation service to the Puget Sound area. We’re reaching out to our SCA members throughout our history to reconnect and find out where they’re at today. This conversation is with Jesse Alton, ‘93-‘96 Seattle Community Program...

Posted by Christine Remein | Monday, February 24, 2014

Perhaps the SCA + SWA team was inspired by the Winter Olympics, because the competitive spirit was certainly at play in Phoenix. The group of Southwest employees gathered 56 bags of trash, for a total of 2,800 gallons of waste removed!

by Tom Barnes

Posted by Tom Barnes | Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Today, we’re talking about how, in some cases, our passion for nature can actually end up doing more harm than good to the cause of conservation. Some of the world’s problems are so obvious, like pollution and poaching, that we end up missing what’s right under our nose.

Sometimes that problem...

by Tom Barnes

Posted by Tom Barnes | Wednesday, February 19, 2014

For those that love history as well as the outdoors, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, located along the Delaware coast, is a birder’s paradise. The refuge also features a pre-revolutionary war farmhouse on the National Register of Historic Places. Saltwater marshes at the refuge are first-rate habitats for many migratory...

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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.

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.

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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Ariel Lepito
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
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Jessica Zamudio
Yosemite National Park
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Dana DeSousa
Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge
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Ann Pedtke
New York City
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Joseph Thurston
Washington, DC
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Where will SCA take you?

On Wednesday, July 27th, SCA joined the National Parks Conservation Association for a joint networking happy hour.
As a Centennial Volunteer Ambassador at Padre Island National Seashore, I’ve gotten to meet some pretty cool people. Recently I...

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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