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.

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

330 Volunteers Brave Wet Weather to Conserve Chicago-Area Public Lands

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, May 2, 2016

In celebration of Earth Day, SCA brought together 330 volunteers from across the Chicago area for a Find Your Park Day of Service at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Coasts & Water, Kids, Parks, People

Posted by Megan McVey | Thursday, April 28, 2016

Rich Guadagno was a refuge enforcement officer with the Department of the Interior and a victim of September 11, 2001.Rich Guadagno was a son, a brother and a refuge enforcement officer with the Department of the Interior. He was also a passenger on...

by SCA Intern Jess Landis

Posted by Jess Landis | Wednesday, April 27, 2016
As a Centennial Volunteer Ambassador at Padre Island National Seashore, I’ve gotten to meet some pretty cool people. Recently I sat down with Dr. Donna Shaver, Chief of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery at Padre Island. Given we’re both natives of New York, Cornell University grads and SCA alumni, we...
Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Endangered Species

300 Volunteers Carry on a 12-Year SCA Tradition at Washington Park Arboretum

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, April 27, 2016

In celebration of Earth Day, SCA brought together 306 volunteers from across the Seattle region for a Find Your Park Day of Service at Washington Park Arboretum.

Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Monday, April 25, 2016
The Lowell National Historical Park in Massachusetts offers a vivid regional perspective on the Industrial Revolution. But inside these former textile mills you can also find the fabric of America.  
Lowell NHS is headquarters to the National Park Service’s Historic Architecture, Conservation, and Engineering Center. This is where...

by Jimi Hightower, SCA Centennial Volunteer Ambassador

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Friday, April 22, 2016
I set my first career goal while in second grade: I wanted to be a voyager.
My father was a carpenter at the time. He’d travel from job to job and we wouldn’t see him for weeks. These extended separations eventually prompted my parents to buy a Winnebago so...

Featured Earthsaver for the #Next100

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, April 21, 2016
SCA leader Aaron Gray pulls invasives at an SCA event in San Francisco

“I try to model a passion for service while working with new volunteers so that I can motivate them.”

Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Featured Earthsaver for the Next 100

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, April 21, 2016
SCA Centennial Volunteer Ambassador Aurelia Casey welcomes volunteers in NYC

“SCA helped me realize that I had a lot of potential, and that I could help change my hometown for the better.”

Coasts & Water, Parks, People

How your little garden can make a big difference...

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, April 20, 2016

by Hannah Atkinson, SCA Monarch Intern for Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

Pollinators across the country need your help! There is increasing evidence that many pollinators are in decline. Healthy populations of monarch butterflies and bees are a reflection of the health of the American landscape and the...

What's it like to be a Grand Canyon National Park Ranger?

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Todd Nelson is the volunteer coordinator at Grand Canyon National Park. We asked him about his career, the National Park Service centennial, and the future of America’s Best Idea.

Why do you like working with volunteers?

What solidified it for me was working with college students on alternative [service] spring breaks. The...

Career Success, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

383 Bay Area Community Members Join Together to Give Back

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, April 19, 2016

SCA celebrated Earth Day and National Park Week joined by 383 community members from across the Bay Area.

Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

370 Volunteers Serve Urban Parks

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, April 19, 2016
370 volunteers gather below the Verrazano Bridge

In celebration of Earth Day and National Park Week, SCA brought together 370 volunteers in New York City for a Find Your Park Day of Service at Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island.

Coasts & Water, Parks, People, Sustainability, Volunteer Opportunities

Patrolling the Beach for A Legendary Ancient Reptile

Posted by Jess Landis | Monday, April 18, 2016

by SCA Intern Jess Landis

SCA has helped tens of thousands of young people launch conservation careers, and Jess Landis will soon be one of them. Jess, an SCA Centennial Volunteer Ambassador at Padre Island National Seashore, just landed a seasonal position as a National Park Service guide at Gulf Islands...

A live(ly) online discussion that took place on 4.14.2016

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, April 18, 2016

On 4/14/16 we helped host a live Twitter chat on volunteer service in national parks with @natlparkservice @goparks @interior @americanexpress and many, many guests.

By Liz Putnam, SCA founding president & Jaime Matyas, president & CEO

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, April 14, 2016


Emails don’t ordinarily stop me in my tracks but recently one did: a message from the Clinton Foundation that highlighted a comment from President Bill Clinton in response to this question from a student at UC Berkeley:

“What would you tell your 20-year-old self that many of us in the...

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, April 12, 2016

With so may spectacular entries to choose from, it was tough, but we somehow managed to choose a winner and 2 runners up for the Spring 2016 Capture Conservation Photo Contest. 


Grand Prize: Castle View by Jon Leibowitz

“Just as we...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Thursday, April 7, 2016
Arianne Miller did some serious caving recently as part of a bat survey team she joined during her SCA Natural Resources Internship at Craters of the Moon National Monument. For more on the project, check out this fabulous profile on Idaho’s MagicValley.com. For Arianne’s personal take on a...

SCA Alumni Come Together for Spring Events in NYC, DC, and San Francisco

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, April 4, 2016
SCA alumni gathered in NYC

Over the past month, SCA brought together more than 70 alumni to ring in spring with SCA Alumni Events in New York City, the San Francisoco Bay Area, and Washington, DC.

Parks, People

...from Bee Expert Tim Stanley

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, March 29, 2016

When residents of New York’s Hudson Valley want to know something about bees, Tim Stanley is their go-to guy. He’s a beekeeper, and a veritable expert on the region’s wild bees (which, as you’ll learn, differ substantially from the bees we raise for honey).

We recently interviewed him in an attempt...

Animals & Wildlife, Education, Endangered Species, People, Science



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New York City
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Washington, DC
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Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
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Yosemite National Park
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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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