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,...
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 Intern Jeffrey Sommer Keeps Tabs on the Hatchlings at Canaveral National Seashore
Posted by Jeffrey Sommer | Saturday, August 16, 2014
SCA Intern Marinell Chandler Welcomes the Season's 1st Puppy at Denali's Sled Dog Kennels
Posted by Marinell Chandler | Thursday, August 14, 2014
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
Posted by Jacob Cravens | Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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...
A Day in the Life of an SCA Cape Canaveral Sea Turtle Intern by Caroline Woodward
Posted by Caroline Woodward | Friday, August 8, 2014
I would say a lot has happened in the past week, but really something different happens every day. No two service days are the same, and we are eating it up more than the mosquitoes are eating us up (which is a considerable amount; they...
SCA Field Blogger Jeffrey Sommer Checks in from Cape Canaveral National Seashore
Posted by Jeffrey Sommer | Friday, August 8, 2014
People have always told to me to pursue my passions, and that if you love your job it will feel like you’ve never worked a day in your life. I am an active person who loves the outdoors, and I am uber passionate about the natural world. When...
SCA Intern Marinell Chandler Finds her Calling (& Sled Dog Puppies!) in Denali
Posted by Marinell Chandler | Thursday, August 7, 2014
SCA Member Emily Brouwer Tags Along on an Owlet Tagging Expedition
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Before you can tag an owlet, you have to ﬁnd one. How does one go about locating a tiny, nest-bound baby owl in the midst of an enormous forest?
SCA Photo Media Intern Emily Brouwer found out recently when she got to accompany a team of NPS...
Blogger Amosh Neupane asks & answers: Which is easier? Trail work or a human pyramid?
Posted by Amosh Neupane | Tuesday, August 5, 2014
We tried several times, but failed every single time. There always seemed to be something faulty in our technique or our positioning. During one of the ﬁrst attempts, the people on the base layer were spaced too wide apart and we couldn’t stay stable. Another time, most of us...
SCA ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Help Keep the Queens Botanical Garden Organic
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Friday, August 1, 2014
SCA volunteers in New York City don’t take the summer off. This Saturday, 80 volunteers came together at the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing for July’s ConSERVE NYC event.
SCA Comes Together 100 Members Strong to Mark the Midpoint of NYC Summer Crews
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, July 31, 2014
On July 29th, SCA’s community crews in New York City and New Jersey came together 100 members strong to celebrate the midpoint of their summer crews with a project at New York City’s most famous green space: Central Park.
SCA Field Blogger Amosh Neupane Records a Day of Crew Work at the Soundview Park Salt Marshes, NYC
Posted by Amosh Neupane | Monday, July 28, 2014
Instead of working at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, the crew was headed to a new location: Soundview Park in the Bronx. I was horriﬁed when our crew leaders shared information about the carnivorous black ﬂies in the salt marsh where we would be working. The shocking news had me worrying for the rest of the day: “What if a ﬂy takes a chunk out of my face?”
PaHoua Lee & her Oakland Conservation Crew Visit the Marine Sanctuary
Posted by PaHoua Lee | Saturday, July 26, 2014
Sea lions, and monkeyface eels, and kayaking oh my! Everyone loves Fridays, including SCA crews. A wonderful aspect of participating in a Community Crew is the fact that Fridays are designated as environmental education days. Crew leaders plan activities and trips that expose crew members to local initiatives, green businesses,...
Paddle Boarding on the Bay with REI & SCA
Posted by Staff | Monday, July 21, 2014
by Nicole Catino
Posted by Nicole Catino | Thursday, July 17, 2014
by Amosh Neupane
Posted by Amosh Neupane | Thursday, July 17, 2014
What’s the difference between an axe-mattock, a pick-mattock, and a pick-axe? Which rake is better, the hard or the soft one? How does one separate a poison ivy plant from other, non-harmful shrubs? What’s the best thing about mugwort? I could go on with the questions… This ﬁrst week has been all about questions for me.
SCA's Sandy Recovery Crews Learn About Wetland Restoration & Urban Agriculture
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, July 16, 2014
SCA’s Sandy Recovery crews wrapped up their ﬁrst week on the job with an Environmental Education Day on Randall’s Island — a unique park and recreational space which sits at the conﬂuence of the East River, the Harlem River, and Long Island Sound in New York City.
Forty SCA crew members...
by PaHoua Lee
Posted by PaHoua Lee | Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Removing invasive plant species can be really fun! Until of course, the week has passed and you realize you’ve spent the entire time removing invasive plants… and somehow you have managed to get poison oak not just on your arms, but your ankles as well… Whoo! Welcome to...
by PaHoua Lee
Posted by PaHoua Lee | Tuesday, July 15, 2014
The work has begun! Each morning we pick up crew members in downtown Richmond, California, and drive to our ﬁrst location at Wildcat Canyon Regional Park. With easy access to 2500 acres, this area is a popular place for residents interested in day hikes and barbequing.
Our mornings are...
118 High School Students Hit the Field to Build Resiliency in NY & NJ
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, July 9, 2014
This week, 118 high school students are headed into the ﬁeld in New York City and New Jersey to help continue the storm recovery process after Hurricane Sandy.
Last summer, SCA launched the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Program, working with the National Park Service to engage students in restoring Gateway...
by PaHoua Lee
Posted by PaHoua Lee | Monday, July 7, 2014
My parents were born and raised in Laos. They were farmers, built homes from mud and plants, and did their best to live off the land. Although they immigrated to the United States in 1985, their love of farming has persisted to this day. I was born and raised in...
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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A new multi-year study on SCA’s youth impact shows signiﬁcant gains across a wide range of indicators.
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