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 | Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Can’t make it to one of our Earth Day events? Or perhaps you are attending an event but you still want other ways to support SCA. Thanks to our partners American Eagle Outfitters and Zipcar, now you can. Both partners have special Earth Week promotions to benefit SCA.

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Hundreds of college-aged students spent their spring breaks making a difference this April. Instead of spending their Spring Breaks sitting by the beaches, they spent their vacations working for the planet and making a difference in National Parks across the country. The videos we are watching this week, capture the impact that NPS Academy had on 60 college-aged students.

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, April 17, 2012

SCA’s Earth Day kick off events in Seattle and Manchester were huge successes. Hundreds of people came to engage in hands on conservation work in community parks. These hands-on service events were led by SCA members who engaged the local community in giving back to Mother Nature in celebration of Earth Day.
SCA Earth Day events are still underway.

Posted by Staff | Saturday, April 14, 2012

From the official Facebook page of Jay Inslee former U.S. Rep. (WA-D), now Candidate for WA Governor.
“Just finished speaking at Student Conservation Association’s Earth Day event in the Washington Park Arboretum. My parents led SCA trips up to Mt. Rainier, and those experiences gave me a deep appreciation for our environment.

Posted by Staff | Friday, April 13, 2012

By SCA intern Stephanie Wright, an SCA environmental education intern with the Kenai Fish & Wildlife Field Office. This blog post was originally featured on March 2, 2012 on Refuge Notebook, a blog from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

My pants, socks, and boots are soaked. I’m tired and slightly embarrassed.

Posted by Staff | Thursday, April 12, 2012

Seventeen year old Lakey Peterson is a champion surfer, conservationist, and spokeswoman for SCA. As she competes around the world, Lakey will share her observations of the environments she visits and her work to protect the world’s oceans. To follow her on the pro tour, visit lakeypeterson.com.
 
I have pretty much the coolest job in the world.

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, April 3, 2012

For all my talking about Joshua Tree National Park, I never mentioned what a Joshua tree was or even looked like.

Above is a Joshua tree. There you go! There are also many farther away in the picture. Now moving on…

Working with a group of people in the desert is an experience hard to ever accurately illustrate in words.

Posted by Staff | Monday, April 2, 2012

In an area right by where we were pulling Sahara Mustard earlier, we worked with rangers to help conduct a survey on the desert tortoise population.

Posted by Staff | Monday, April 2, 2012

After working in depth with the environment and wildlife, Thursday was dedicated to experiencing the more touristy side of Joshua Tree National Park, either through rock climbing or a tour of the historical Keys Ranch.

Posted by Staff | Friday, March 30, 2012

At first it was simple. As we marched from the road through the desert, there was a small Sahara Mustard here, a small one over there, but really not many. With about one invasive plant per ten SCA volunteers, it wasn’t really much of a job. I was just letting my guard down, only to navigate around a creosote bush and BAM.

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A pressing point which I missed in my last post is the concept of “dry water”. I have been to many different laboratories, but never have I seen a substance as strange and fascinating as dry water.

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Our first day on site at Joshua Tree National Park opened with sun and clear skies, a pleasant surprise after a night of wind and torrential rain In the desert.

Posted by Staff | Monday, March 26, 2012

Last week wrapped up Alternative Spring Break in the Everglades. Be sure to check out Teresa’s blogs and follow her adventures with wildlife and restoration projects.

Posted by Staff | Monday, March 26, 2012

Our last day at the Everglades. Even though it seems like we’ve been here for a long time, I didn’t think too much about leaving throughout the week and now it seems to be coming up very suddenly!

We spent our rec day touring the park, going to all of the neat places we’d passed without visiting on our way to work.

Posted by Staff | Monday, March 26, 2012

For our last day of work we headed out to the Hole-in-the-Donut, a former agricultural area where invasive plants like Brazilian pepper have overtaken the native habitat. Our worksite was a large artificially formed mound that would barely count as a hill in the north, but which towered over the flat Everglades like a small mountain.

Posted by Staff | Monday, March 26, 2012

We left our camp this morning before the sun rose because we had a two hour drive to our worksite of the day, Lake Chekika. After meeting the other park volunteers who would be working with us, we stopped at a pond to see a pair of large alligators and several generations of their babies basking on rocks.

Posted by Staff | Thursday, March 22, 2012

We spent our second day here in the Everglades cleaning the Long Pine Key campground. It’s on one of the Florida Keys – but it’s not an island at this time of year.

Posted by Staff | Thursday, March 22, 2012

Our “before” picture on the social trail

Having been on two SCA trail crews, I usually associate SCA with trail construction (I spent the past two summers on high school crews building trails at Delaware Water Gap in Pennsylvania and Denali Alaska.) But today, my first full day with SCA’s alternate spring break crew in Everglades National Park, I did the opposite - I made a trail disappear.

Posted by Staff | Thursday, March 22, 2012

We are please to announce the winners of the I Heart Snow 2012 Photo Contest!

Posted by Staff | Thursday, March 22, 2012

If anyone had told me a year ago that I would spend spring break 2012 planting seedlings on a burned out hillside, yanking weeds from a sandy desert basin, or counting turtles in Southern California, I would probably have been skeptical; but, as things have turned out, this has been a great week.

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Washington, DC
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A new multi-year study on SCA’s youth impact shows significant gains across a wide range of indicators.
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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.
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