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 Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Being from western New York I am not used to the heat of south central Oklahoma, especially this year as the temperatures have insisted in remaining 5-10˚ above average.

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The trees were chosen for their ability to tolerate climate change. The footbridges were anchored by cables to withstand floods. The guest of honor?

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, September 12, 2013

To celebrate the first week of school, SCA Manchester’s Conservation Leadership Corps recently took a trip to Vermont for a tour of the University of Vermont and a visit to Knoll Farm. Leaving shortly after school ended, we made the 3 hour journey up to Jericho Research Forest, a piece of land owned by UVM and used as a part of many classes.

Posted by Jenny Myung | Thursday, September 5, 2013
Photo by MSO Smokejumper Jon Marshall (www.marshallstudio.com)

Earlier this summer, the city of Prescott lost nineteen elite firefighters at the Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona. The Granite Mountain Hotshots were found in their fire shelters, emergency tents meant to be deployed as an absolute last resort.

Posted by Jacqueline Keating | Friday, August 30, 2013
Sunrise at Delicate Arch

I felt like a four year old dragging my feet through the sand and pouting despite the fact that I was in one of the most beautiful places in the country and had just witnessed a breathtaking sunrise at Delicate Arch. One of my friends was visiting from the east coast, so on my much-needed day off I agreed to spend the morning in the park and found myself regretting it immediately.

Recovery work continues at NY area's worst hit parks

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 30, 2013

On Friday, SCA and the National Park Service gathered on Sandy Hook, New Jersey, to celebrate the Sandy Recovery Program’s summer restoration efforts at Gateway National Recreation Area.

Over 100 SCA crew members caught a lift across New York Harbor aboard the American Princess, a ferry whose dock SCA


Posted by Daniel Ramirez | Thursday, August 29, 2013
The milky, jade green water of the creek comes from glacial flour - the pulverized rock that is scraped off the mountainside as the glacier moves

The milky, jade green water of the creek comes from glacial flour - the pulverized rock that is scraped off the mountainside as the glacier moves.

Disclaimer: OK, so the photos in this post have little to do with its content, but what’s a good blog without pictures?

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, August 29, 2013

SCA’s 2013 Designing the Parks intern team, serving this summer in Boston with the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation, worked with National Park Service professionals and others to develop a plan for Peddocks Island in Boston Harbor. The 4-member team included a high school student, a recent high school graduate, an undergrad, and a graduate student.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, August 28, 2013

50 years ago today, over a quarter million people gathered in one of our most famous national parks to peacefully demand that our nation live up to its promise to recognize in everyone the unalienable rights to life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness. To that end, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

A View into History at Devils Postpile by SCA Member Leslie Redman

Posted by Leslie Redman | Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Tioga Pass, gateway to an SCA internship at Devils Postpile National Monument

Driving into Yosemite National Park via Tioga Pass offers a prelude to the magnificent scenic views of the park’s wilderness.

Before beginning my internship at Devils Postpile National Monument, I made a pilgrimage to Yosemite National Park to experience John Muir’s Range of Light firsthand.

Posted by Madalee Haines | Monday, August 26, 2013

Hanging upside down in the desert It feels like a while since my last update, but perhaps that’s been because I’ve been doing quite a bit of exploring since first arriving here in Moab, Utah. Arriving in Moab: now that’s a picture I’d like to paint for you.

Posted by Adisson Mcgill-Telmosse | Friday, August 23, 2013

One of the nicest parts about this internship is the way the work weeks are set up. We are on a eight days on -six days off schedule which allows us to bust out our work when need be and also gives us time to recuperate—and go adventuring! We have had the opportunity to explore the majority of Prince of Wales Island in addition to the places we visit while working in the surrounding area.

Posted by Jenny Myung | Thursday, August 22, 2013

It’s the greatest job in the world, they pay you to go places you would go on vacation, give you a carnival ride to the ground, then drop in all your camping gear.

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Diversity, People, Wildfires

Posted by Anna Megan Borthwick | Tuesday, August 20, 2013

History has always been a major interest of mine. I received my bachelor’s degree in history from Chico state in 2011, and went on to gain a masters in historic preservation at University of Oregon, intending to apply my knowledge of history to preserving the raw material of our heritage.

Posted by Jacqueline Keating | Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Where are you from? Sounds like a simple question, right?

Posted by Daniel Ramirez | Monday, August 19, 2013

Members of the SCA International high school crew take a ferry to the trailhead. They will work and camp about 6 miles up the valley behind them – the Big Beaver drainage.

Have you ever seen a zipline through a forest? If you said yes, then it’s probably one of those ultra-touristy, charge-people-a-lot-of-money-to-have-the-chance-to-fly-through-the-trees type of deals.

Posted by Jerimiah Oetting | Monday, August 19, 2013

Conservation Begins Here — at a Ford F350 XL Super Duty with a Power Stroke Diesel V8 engine, manual transmission, and a patina of fine Idaho dust coating everything inside and out.

Posted by Leslie Redman | Monday, August 19, 2013

A thick wave of smoke rolls in as the sun sets over Convict Lake in Mammoth Lakes, California.

As the interpretive interns and rangers await the arrival of shuttle busses that transport visitors into our valley every half hour, they anticipate answering a standard array of questions ranging from “How far is the hike to see Rainbow Falls?” to the classic “Which way to the bathroom?” An observant

Posted by Jenny Myung | Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A 100,000+ acre, lightening caused fire that burned in the San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests and on private lands in southern Colorado. Photo Courtesy of the US Forest Service

For years, Smokey Bear had me convinced that humans were destroying Nature with their campfires and cigarettes.

Posted by Madalee Haines | Tuesday, August 13, 2013

This past week I finished up my internship with the U.S. Forest Service in Dillon, Colorado. It was a busy time, wrapping up with an end of term backpacking trip and several patrols. It all went by extremely quickly and before I knew it I was packing up for Moab, Utah to head to my new internship with the National Park Service.


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.

Read about the women and men who helped build America’s oldest and largest youth conservation service organization here

Meet some of the amazing women who blazed a trail with SCA

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
See Posts by Noah M Schlager
Dakota McCoy
Yosemite National Park
See Posts by Dakota McCoy
Ariel Lepito
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
See Posts by Ariel Lepito
Jessica Zamudio
Yosemite National Park
See Posts by Jessica Zamudio

Staff Bloggers

Ann Pedtke
New York City
See posts by Ann Pedtke
Joseph Thurston
Washington, DC
See posts by Joseph Thurston

Alumni Stories

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SCA Alum Parker Davis seen in his Crew days at Mount Rainer in 2010 and at his college graduation this year.
Parker Davis is a four-time alumnus of SCA’s Seattle community crew program. When an SCA staff member saw the announcement...
“Something different” is what Jessica Aronson Cook was looking for when she first joined the Student Conservation Association (SCA) as...

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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