Over 90 SCA volunteers gathered at Rio Salado Habitat in Phoenix on November 8th to honor Veterans Day with hands-on service to America’s public lands.
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.
Members of SCA's Veterans Fire Corps Lead the Effort to Restore Fragile Desert Habitat
Do these 5 things to make your photos stand out
Friday is the very last day to enter the 2014 Got Dirt? Photo Contest, which means on Saturday… judging begins. We usually end up with a few thousand entries, so if you’re hoping to win, you better do all that you can to make your photos stand out.
Here are 5...
SCA ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Increase Accessibility to the Waterfront
SCA kicked off the second year of ConSERVE NYC by bringing 92 volunteers to Jamaica Bay to continue work on a new wheelchair-accessible trail from the Visitor Center to the waterfront.
Trails and Hiking
Barbara Baird and Chuck Haggard
When asked what ﬁrst inspired her interest in nature, award-winning wildlife photographer, Barbara Baird, said it was the ﬂash of blue from an eastern bluebird. As a young girl, Barbara’s parents often took her family to visit parks just outside of Chicago, and it was on one of these trips...
Employees & families clear storm damage at Millwood State Park
On October 4th, SCA teamed up with national supporter Domtar to renovate campgrounds and clear storm debris at Millwood State Park in Ashdown, Arkansas.
Volunteers Gather for Historic Restoration on Governors Island
SCA celebrated the one-year anniversary of ConSERVE NYC by bringing together 100 volunteers for historic restoration at Governors Island National Monument.
Interior Sec. Jewell Joins SCA & AmeriCorps for a 9/11 Service Project in D.C.
Alongside SCA President Jaime Matyas, AmeriCorps Director Bill Basl, and George Washington Memorial Parkway Superintendent Alex Romero, Secretary Jewell led 125 SCA and AmeriCorps volunteers in an hours long effort to restore a stretch of Potomac River shoreline located just outside of Washington, DC.
Earthsaver of the Month
“If I can help to make my peers aware of environmental issues and encourage them to get involved, I can expand our generation’s impact far into the future.”
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and SCA Commemorate the Wilderness Act
Where to begin? How many 22 year-old lumberjacks can say that they have cut down a blowdown with a congressman, the Secretary of the Interior, President of the Wilderness Society and the Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service? My head is inﬂating just thinking about it. But after...
Trails and Hiking
Following Successful Events in Tennessee and Quebec
On August 23rd, SCA teamed up with national supporter Domtar to refurbish a community skating rink and playground in Nekoosa, Wisconsin. Since 2012, Domtar has supported SCA’s urban initiatives for youth in cities across the country. SCA crew leaders from New York City, just ﬁnished with a season of ﬁeldwork helping urban parks recover from Hurricane Sandy, were excited to travel to Wisconsin to help facilitate the project — and share stories of their work with urban youth.
Emily Bowles Reflects on Her Experience Preparing Great Swamp NWR to Host the Wilderness Act's 50th Anniversary Celebration
In the most famous passage of the Wilderness Act, writer Howard Zahniser deﬁnes wilderness beautifully and concisely: “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by...
SCA Member Jeffrey Sommer on Rescuing Hatchlings from Hungry Raccoons
Hungry predators are determined to get a good meal, even if it isn’t easy. Plenty of our screened nests see attempted predation by raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, and ghost crabs. Luckily the seashores boar population hasn’t gotten involved in this trend, as a boar could easily shred through...
SCA Member Marinell Chandler Reveals the Wilderness Act-Related Name of Denali's Latest Puppy
As of today, our new puppy is over two weeks old. His eyes have opened, and he is growing very quickly from the little pup that could ﬁt in my one hand to one that is starting to toddle around the ﬂoor of his pen. From day one after...
Preparing Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge to Celebrate 50 Years of Wilderness
When William Bradford hopped off of the Mayﬂower and onto Plymouth Rock, he described the landscape that lay before him as a “hideous and desolate wilderness.” Wilderness, in 1620, was not a scarce resource to be protected and treasured. It was scary and empty, a wasted space awaiting the day...
ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Clear Invasives at New York's "South Pole"
ConSERVE NYC events have taken our volunteers as far north as Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx, as far west as Hudson River Park in Manhattan, and as far east as Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing. On August 16th, our volunteers traveled to the southern-most point of New York to serve at Conference House Park on Staten Island.
SCA Intern Jacob Cravens Feels Out the Perfect Interpretive Talk for Capitol Reef National Park
SCA Member Amosh Neupane Refuses to Be Sad Even Though the Best Summer Ever Is Ending
While loading the hard hats into our van at Floyd Bennett Field, I heard someone ask, “Why are we taking these hats with us to the ceremony?” Someone behind me replied, “Maybe these are our graduation caps.” And it was then that it dawned on me: there would...
SCA Intern Jeffrey Sommer Keeps Tabs on the Hatchlings at Canaveral National Seashore
Turtle Conservation isn’t all starlit, beachside fun and games folks. In fact a good chunk of the work I do keeping sea turtles off the extinction list happens inside the library of Canaveral National Seashore headquarters. In order to prove that sea turtle conservation is working and worthwhile,...
SCA Intern Marinell Chandler Welcomes the Season's 1st Puppy at Denali's Sled Dog Kennels
The next generation of Denali’s wilderness protectors has arrived!
This past week, the kennels became a whir of activity preparing for – and ﬁnally, celebrating – the arrival of Sylvie’s due date. Late at night on August 9th Sylvie
Field Blogger Jacob Cravens finds hope in connecting visitors to nature at Capitol Reef National Park
What good can I do? I’m only one person in my twenties. What can I do when the environmental crisis is so big and the obstacles so large? Multinationals make billions of dollars causing damage to the environment and billions of people use their products. I have...
Our 2015 Summer Roadtrip takes you to amazing places and member stories around the country.
Over 75,000 women and men have served with SCA - read some of their stories here.
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Meet some of the amazing women who blazed a trail with SCA
Where will SCA take you?
A new multi-year study on SCA’s youth impact shows signiﬁcant gains across a wide range of indicators.
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