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 & American Express Join Forces to Bring 400 Earth Day Volunteers to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Student Conservation Association teamed up with American Express to bring over 400 volunteers to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx for Earth Day service. Across the park, volunteers nixed invasive vines and planted new seedlings to restore the wetlands and forest. Here is a little peek into how it...

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Monday, May 11, 2015

With the first hitch of the season under my belt I feel confident and amped up for the coming months, both the service to be done and the time around my new home. For the first hitch my crew and I focused our efforts on clearing corridors and removing...

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Monday, May 11, 2015

At out project site on the Quinobequin Road trail we had the pleasure of making acquaintances with multiple trail users.  Many were eager to ask us what we were doing and where we were from.  Most of the users lived in the surrounding neighborhood and were very happy to have...

Was it an easy way to spend a summer? No. Would he do it again? Absolutely.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, May 6, 2015

ABOVE: “When there are more days of rain than sunshine during a trail-building hitch, sometimes, to stay cheerful, you just have to embrace the mud.” Eagle River, AK

Last summer, University of Michigan student Sammy Pressman spent 3 months roaming the wilds of Alaska, sleeping in a tent and working on...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Invasives, Parks, Trails and Hiking

Earthsaver of the Month

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, May 5, 2015

“Urban parks and farms are some of the most beautiful natural lands to me, because they create hope in neighborhoods that are mostly concrete.”


Posted by Staff | Monday, May 4, 2015

SCA’s National Crew program offers volunteer opportunities for students across the country to serve on public lands from Alaska to the Virgin Islands, and everywhere in between!  See what a National Crew is like from the eyes of the members.

Sustainability Interns Deliver!

Posted by Staff | Friday, May 1, 2015
Pittsburgh PA, where SCA's Green Cities initiative has been helping businesses with sustainability, and saving money in the process.

Sustainability Goes Mainstream on Main Street

A mob is gathering in suburban Pittsburgh and Sahar Arbab couldn’t be happier.  In fact, she incited it.

For the past several weeks, Sahar – an SCA Green Cities sustainability intern – has been surveying small business owners door-to-door.  Have you switched to LED lighting?  Have...

Career Success, Climate, Education, Sustainability

Earthsaver of the Month

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, April 30, 2015

“Ultimately we are all responsible for our planet — there is no Planet-B!”

People, Volunteer Opportunities

350 Volunteers Transform Fort Totten Park

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, April 27, 2015

This Saturday SCA teamed up with American Express to celebrate Earth Day by bringing more than 350 volunteers to Fort Totten Park in Washington, DC. This event followed another successful partnership event with American Express in New York City last weekend, and concluded a month of SCA Earth Day celebrations in 16 cities nationwide.

Forests, Parks, Sustainability, Volunteer Opportunities

Alaskan Wilderness Proves a Life-Changing Experience for SCA Member Amy J. Marks

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ABOVE: A bush plane dropped off SCA member Amy J. Marks and park rangers Evan Olsen, Ed Eberhardy, Jim Hanna at the starting point for their backcountry river patrol of Wrangell St. Elias National Park, right below the toe of the Tana Glacier where...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Parks, People

A Moving Look Back by SCA Member Laura Vachula

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Just in time for National Park Week, an inside look at one of the ways we’re working with the National Park Service to build a public lands workforce that’s as diverse as the Americans it serves.

Each spring, SCA and NPS bring together diverse young conservationists from all over the country...

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, April 20, 2015

A round of applause to the 60 schools and local organizations who participated in our 2015 NYC Earth Day service event with American Express at Van Cortlandt Park!

400 Volunteers Kick Off a New Partnership for Public Lands

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, April 20, 2015

This past Saturday SCA joined forces with American Express to celebrate Earth Day by bringing more than 400 volunteers to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. This day of service marked the first of 18 national events SCA and American Express will host over the next 18 months in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial.

Parks, Sustainability

"SCA gave me more in that three month period than I could begin to repay"

Posted by Staff | Thursday, April 16, 2015

When Student Conservation Association (SCA) supporter and 1983 alumnus, Bob Kachinski, was fresh out of college, he went on what he describes as “a real adventure” by boarding a bus in Massachusetts for a three-day, three-night cross-country trip to rural Worland, Wyoming. Once at his destination, Bob was to start...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, People

Connecting Youth to Nature: National Parks Week

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, April 16, 2015

It’s National Park Week!  SCA recently caught up with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and talked about national parks, connecting youth to nature, and the woman who started it all…

Can you give us a preview of next year’s national park centennial?

The centennial in 2016 gives us all an opportunity to elevate...

Diversity, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Exelon Employees Kick Off National Volunteer Week with Chicago Conservation

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, April 14, 2015

On April 10th, SCA teamed up with national supporter Exelon to kick off National Volunteer Week with hands-on service at Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago.

Animals & Wildlife, Education, Kids, Science

SCA Member Sarika Khanwilkar Waves her Machete for Invasive Species Awareness Week

Posted by Sarika Khanwilkar | Wednesday, April 8, 2015

An invasion is occurring right now, all over the country. Lining roads, populating waterways and lurking in your own backyard, non-native plants and animals have hitched a ride with humans and spread across continents. Whether they were transported intentionally or as cargo ship stowaways, in ecosystems where these new species...

Coasts & Water, Education, Invasives, Parks, Wetlands

ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Get the Queens Waterfront Ready for Spring

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Saturday, April 4, 2015

New York City just can’t seem to escape the wintry weather this season, but that doesn’t stop SCA ConSERVE NYC volunteers from working to get the city’s public lands in shape for spring.


Seriously, forget the NCAA Final Four. This is truly March Madness.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, April 3, 2015

Bears playing basketball. I repeat: Bears playing basketball.

Bear Family Plays Basketball

Can the teams of the NCAA Final Four compete with the ball handling skills of these bears? Bears are curious animals. They often play with strange or novel objects they find.

Animals & Wildlife

Kahmia Moise rediscovers her city with SCA & the National Park Service

Posted by Staff | Thursday, April 2, 2015

ABOVE: Kahmia (right) yanks invasives at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in New York City.


In order to be successful one must first, love what they do; second, love who they do it with; and third, love what they do it for,” said former...


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?

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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