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.

A Field Dispatch from Dakota McCoy, SCA Bear Management Intern

Posted by Dakota McCoy | Thursday, June 25, 2015
SCA Bear Management Intern Dakota McCoy puts a GPS Collar on a 9-year-old male bear named Blue 54

ABOVE: Blue 54, a 9-year-old male, after receiving his new GPS collar. (NPS photo by Katie Rodriguez)

The Dogwoods have bloomed and the Sierra’s snow caps are melting, which can only mean one thing in Yosemite National Park – summer! Waking up to the rumbling sound of Yosemite...

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Parks, Science

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, June 24, 2015

There are many new things I’ve learned while working with the SCA, from how to chop wood to what a lap joint is and the alarmingly massive amount of Cheez-it’s hungry people can consume. Not only have I gained these new skills (except for my impressive cheez-it consumption- that’s always...

SCA alum Lian Law on her time as a Live Stream Video Intern at Denali National Park

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, June 19, 2015
SCA alum Lian Law at Denali National Park, Alaska

This is PART 2 of our Q & A with SCA alum Lian Law. CLICK HERE FOR PART 1.

Working 5 days a week in an iconic park like Joshua Tree, after a while, does it just start to feel like any other place?
Sometimes after I’ve spent my...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Education

Lian Law, SCA alum, inspires awe with photos & video of America's parks

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, June 19, 2015

An SCA internship at Denali National Park and Preserve may not seem like a natural choice for a a Film and Media Studies major, but for Lian Law, who grew up taking family vacations to parks all over the country, an NPS Live Stream Production Internship was a perfect fit....

Urban High School Students Learn & Serve with SCA

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Friday, June 19, 2015

New York City’s first SCA Conservation Leadership Corps wrapped up a semester of learning and service this weekend with an urban camping trip on Jamaica Bay.

80 Volunteers Work to Bring Native Species Back to Los Angeles

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, June 16, 2015

During the month of June, Discovery Communications organizes thousands of its employees throughout the world to give back through their “Discover Your Impact Day.” On June 12th, SCA joined in to help their efforts by organizing a conservation project on the Los Angeles River with over 80 local Discovery Communications employees.

Posted by Staff | Monday, June 15, 2015
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.

Parks, People

Posted by Staff | Thursday, June 11, 2015

Photos of SCA Crews, Members and Founders from the archives

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Student Conservation Association (SCA) founder Elizabeth Cushman Titus Putnam receives the Citizens Medal from President Obama at the White House on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010.

From Mountain Paths to Urban Greenways, SCA Celebrates the Nation's Trails

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This National Trails Day, SCA members and alumni were at work at ten events from coast to coast, taking in the beauty of our nation’s trails and building resiliency for future visitors.

Trails and Hiking

Part 2 of our Q&A with the Visual Information Specialist & SCA alum

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, June 9, 2015

NPS ranger and SCA alum Michael Liang received some much deserved praise from Out Magazine recently for the work he does to make sure that America’s national parks and historical sites feel welcoming, relevant, and representative to people of all backgrounds, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

Here’s Part 2...

Posted by Staff | Monday, June 8, 2015

Our hitch was a good one. It was filled with long work filled days, with miles of walking on trails not meant for a walking person. On average we managed about 10 miles a day on trails made for dirt bikes. Well trails not even made for dirt bikes, as...

NPS Visual Information Specialist, Outreach "Spokesranger" for the LGBT Community, SCA Alum

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, June 4, 2015

NPS ranger and SCA alum Michael Liang received some much deserved praise from Out Magazine recently for the work he does to make sure that America’s national parks and historical sites feel welcoming, relevant, and representative to people of all backgrounds, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

Liang, who is...

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sometimes your fondest memories are the big accomplishments, like closing off an illegal trail head with an excessively large tree; or finally getting down that darn tree that was hung up all afternoon with the help of the Freetown Fire Department. And yes, these two moments were...

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The forearm.  An often forgotten muscle group, forever in the shadow of the impressive bicep.  When working on trails in forests and public lands, you begin to flex and tear muscles you never knew you had, including your forearm. What develops in this area is called the Trail Forearm, specifically...

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Tuesday, June 2, 2015

           On our hitch there was one fateful day. Right in the middle of our 10 day hitch of building rock steps on Mt Watatic there was a catastrophe. A dreadful, terrible, tragedy had bestowed the crew. Our camping stove had started to spit fire and...

80 Employee Volunteers Join SCA for Service in Manhattan's East Village

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Friday, May 29, 2015

On the morning of May 28th, over 80 employee volunteers from SCA’s national partner American Eagle Outfitters gathered in Manhattan’s East Village to restore Tompkins Square Park as part of the #AEOBetterWorld initiative.

Celebrating 100 Years of the National Park Service

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
SCA Centennial Volunteer Ambassadors prepare to net invasive crayfish during their late May training session at Valley Forge National Historic Park.

ABOVE: SCA Centennial Volunteer Ambassadors prepare to net invasive crayfish during their late May training session at Valley Forge National Historic Park.

In advance of the National Park Service’s centennial in 2016, SCA and the Park Service are innovating again to field 70 “Centennial Volunteer Ambassadors” assigned to leading national parks...

Through Community Outreach, SCA Member Sarika Khanwilkar shares her love for Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge

Posted by Sarika Khanwilkar | Tuesday, May 26, 2015

“People Protect What They Love” - Jacques Cousteau

This is my favorite quote from one of the most iconic and recognizable names in conservation. These five words describe my own journey towards becoming a Student Conservation Association intern. I have fallen in love with discovering the diversity that inhabits this planet,...

CDIP: A Proud Collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, May 20, 2015

ABOVE: 2015 Career Discovery Internship Program participants preparing to kayak at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.

Each year, through the Career Discovery Internship Program (CDIP), we work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to connect young conservationists of diverse background to hands-on service experiences at wildlife refuges across the country.

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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
See Posts by Rachelle Hedges
Sarika Khanwilkar
Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge
See Posts by Sarika Khanwilkar
Elizabeth Braatz
St. Croix Wetland Management District
See Posts by Elizabeth Braatz
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

Where will SCA take you?

Red Ant Pants founder and SCA Alum Sarah Calhoun
SCA alumna Sarah Calhoun (SCA 2002, ’03, ‘04) – the founder of Red Ants Pants , a specialty line of...
SCA Board member Ernest C. Wong (inset) and Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chicago
Look around a national park and you may see brown bears, blue herons, or Redwood trees. But you’re less likely...

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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