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.

SCA Alum Jay Carter On Hand to Give Opening Speech

Posted by Megan McVey | Thursday, June 16, 2016
David Jayo, Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto, and Jay Carter kick off the Let's Move! Outside Pittsburgh initiative.

Today at Allegheny Commons park in the North Side of Pittsburgh, SCA joined community conservation leaders, City Rangers, YMCA staff and campers, Mayor Peduto, and David Jayo to kick off the Let’s Move! Outside Pittsburgh initiative. SCA alumni council member, Jay Carter, gave a speech to kick-off the inititative,...

Featured Earthsaver for the #Next100

Posted by Roland Richardson | Thursday, June 16, 2016
Group of young environmentalists from the FBR Branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

“We believe in the old adage ‘service is the rent you pay for living.’”

Diversity, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking, Volunteer Opportunities

A Small Riverfront Town Gets a Big Overhaul Thanks to Volunteers from Domtar & SCA

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Domtar employees join SCA for riverfront cleanup

On June 11th, SCA teamed up with national supporter Domtar to refurbish a community boardwalk along the Roanoke River in Plymouth, North Carolina — helping to revitalize the waterfront and bring new visitors to this historic small town.

Coasts & Water, History, Kids, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Featured Earthsaver for the #Next100

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, June 13, 2016
SCA leader Geovani Caldero leading Find Your Park volunteers

“Our generation has the responsibility (more than any other generation in our history) to confront and deal with serious environmental issues.”

Kids, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

An Interview with Pro Outdoorsman Michael A. Lanza

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, June 10, 2016
Michael A. Lanza, outdoor adventurer and creator of TheBigOutside.com, backpacking with his daughter at Grand Canyon National Park.

How does a professional wilderness adventurer make time to spend with his family? For dedicated dad and outdoor explorer Michael A. Lanza it’s simple; he just brings them along on his adventures!

With his blog, TheBigOutside.com, Lanza has made a career of writing about the intense outdoor excursions he’s been...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Climate, Kids, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking

Adventure Journalist Michael A. Lanza Shares His Secrets

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, June 10, 2016

A former editor for Backpacker Magazine, Michael A. Lanza now makes his living blogging about the incredible outdoor adventures that he takes, often with his familiy, for his website, TheBigOutside.com

We recently talked with him about how he got his start, how climate change is affecting the wildnernesses he’s...

...Results in a Perfect Teaching Moment at Sequoia National Park

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, June 9, 2016

ABOVE: The note written by a recent young visitor to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. (Photo Credit: Meredith Elgart)

Why is it wrong (not to mention illegal) to remove plants from national parks?

In what turned out to be a beautiful (or should we say precious?) teaching moment last week, ...

Education, Forests, Kids, Parks

200+ SCA Volunteers Discover Manhattan's National Park Sites

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, June 6, 2016
200 Volunteers Gather on the steps of General Grant National Memorial

In celebration of National Trails Day and in support of the Find Your Park campaign, SCA brought together over 200 volunteers in New York City for a Find Your Park Day of Service at General Grant National Memorial.

Parks, People, Trails and Hiking, Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, June 6, 2016

Find Your Park In Alaska

In honor of its 100thbirthday next year, the National Park Service has teamed up with the National Park Foundation and created the ‘Find Your Park’ campaign to introduce national parks to a new generation of Americans. The campaign encourages people across the U.S. to discover...

200 SCA Find Your Park Volunteers Hit the Urban Trail

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, June 6, 2016
Young SCA volunteers on the trail at Fort Dupont Park

In celebration of National Trails Day and in partnership with American Express, SCA brought together nearly 200 volunteers for a Find Your Park Day of Service at Fort DuPont Park in southeast Washington, DC.

Parks, People, Trails and Hiking, Volunteer Opportunities

A small group of volunteers can make a BIG difference!

Posted by Staff | Monday, June 6, 2016

In celebration of National Trails Day, SCA brought together over 40 volunteers in the Bay Area this weekend for a ConSERVE Bay Area event at Stern Grove Recreation Area in San Francisco.

Parks, Trails and Hiking

SCA Alumni Council Member Jeremy Taitano Returns to NPS Academy

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Friday, May 27, 2016
SCA NPS Academy members take in the New York skyline

Two years ago, I was an SCA NPS Academy member in the Grand Tetons. Thirty other college students and I had made the trip out to the Teton Science School in Wyoming to go through a week-long orientation, before we would all go on to serve in SCA internship positions...

Coasts & Water, History, Parks, People

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Friday, May 27, 2016
SCA is conducting its 2016 Career Discovery Intern Program (CDIP) orientation this week with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) just outside of New Orleans. Thirty-eight students from a range of backgrounds have come together to explore FWS careers, team up with agency mentors, and prepare for their three-month...

Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, May 23, 2016
Olympic National Park

What if you could spend your days hiking along a wild coastline through lush old-growth forests and glacier-capped peaks, all while gaining real-world work experience? With The Student Conservation Association, you can!

SCA offers a variety of opportunities to work with other young people who share your passion for...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Coasts & Water, People, Trails and Hiking

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Wednesday, May 18, 2016
It’s a standard part of her remarks…and the response is standard, too.
SCA Founding President Liz Putnam addressed 350 outdoor professionals from federal, state, regional, and local government agencies, consultants, non-profits, and academic institutions at the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP) annual conference in Boise, ID.

SCA's Henry Woolley on helping USFWS save an endangered bird

Posted by Henry Woolley | Wednesday, May 11, 2016
USFWS-banded Mississippi Sandhill cranes.

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. Today, Henry Woolley checks in...

Animals & Wildlife, Endangered Species, People, Wetlands

Featured Earthsaver for the #Next100

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, May 9, 2016

“I love the outdoors and believe that we all need to do our part to make sure that our parks and environmental resources remain intact for others to enjoy.”

Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Earthsavers of the Month

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, May 9, 2016

“This is fabulous! Truly a great partnership idea !”

Kids, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

SCA's 2016 Earth Day Projects Bring Out 2,173 Volunteers

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, May 6, 2016

Each April, as Earth Day draws near, people in communities across America begin thinking more about the health of the planet and wondering what they can do to help improve it. Every year, the Student Conservation Association (SCA) responds by creating Earth Month opportunities for people to connect in local...

Parks, Volunteer Opportunities

360 Volunteers Serve at Greenbelt Park

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, May 2, 2016
Young SCA volunteers restore Greenbelt Park

In celebration of Earth Day, SCA brought together 360 volunteers from across the DC, Maryland, and Virginia for a Find Your Park Day of Service at Greenbelt Park.

Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities



Staff Bloggers

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

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...

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.

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