This week marks the beginning of SCA NPS Academy 2015, as 20 young conservationists hailing from myriad backgrounds gather in Grand Teton National Park for a 7-day look at what it’s like to work for the National Park Service as protectors and promoters of America’s pricelessly wild publics 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.
Extending NPS Career Opportunities to Diverse Young Conservationists
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Diversity, Education, Parks, Volunteer Opportunities
SCA Members study Silver Rice Rat, Pineland Croton, Butterflies and Osprey
Posted by Staff | Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Most of us consider the Florida Keys to be a paradise. But they are also a laboratory.
Over the past century, ocean waters here have risen nine inches and scientists predict they could climb another two feet by 2060. As most of the Keys’ land mass is a mere five feet...
SCA Ed Intern Grace Worm on Traveling the Nation for Education
Posted by Staff | Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Last summer, Grace Worm, currently an SCA Education Intern and AmeriCorps member, traveled the US in a green RV for Roadtrip Nation and spoke with a educators about what it means to be a teacher. That is what led her to SCA.
The Key Largo Woodrat is almost extinct. SCA member Chris Burgess is trying to change that.
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, March 9, 2015
Humans have been blamed for the demise of myriad creatures…so imagine helping to pull one back from the brink of extinction.
The Key Largo woodrat has a gray-brown back, a white belly, and measures 14 inches from nose to tail. “They’re kind of cute,” states SCA intern...
Animals & Wildlife, Endangered Species
Posted by Staff | Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Marty Talbot’s conservation credentials are seemingly endless: she’s an award-winning biologist, an accomplished author, and her pioneering research has spanned more than 50 years and 60 countries. Marty is also co-founder of SCA.
Career Success, History
Happy Birthday to the Grandest of All Canyon-Centric Parks!
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, February 26, 2015
Theodore Roosevelt was a grand man known for grand gestures, thus it should be no surprise that he loved—LOVED—the Grand Canyon. When he visited it in 1903, making him the first president to do so, his reaction was, well… grand. “The Grand Canyon fills me with awe....
Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, History, Parks
Posted by Leigh Whaley | Thursday, February 26, 2015
“February 1, 2015
I am sitting on a tree swing suspended by purple rope next to the frozen Hallockville pond. The wind is rushing through the...
Posted by Leigh Whaley | Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Danger Six Special Operations
Operation Save Boston
17 February 2015
0800 Electronic mail received from Melissa Patterson containing call to service.
0801 Daniel Dobrosielski, Emily Palmer, Nathan Salle, and Sophie Stern respond via electronic mail to service call.
Mission Leaders James Sims and Zach Colatch.
1600 Melissa Patterson sends electronic mail with mission details....
Posted by Leigh Whaley | Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Driving into the city of Boston for the first time on Wednesday reminded me of all of wonderful the commuter traﬃc, which I left in DC to go live in Western Massachusetts to serve with SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps. It felt a little bit like home for the...
6 members of SCA's Massachusetts AmeriCorps Program help Bostonians get out from under 7 ft of snow
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The Danger Six, a “Special Operations Unit” composed of SCA Massachusetts Americorps members and staff, traveled to the city of Boston to aid in snow removal efforts. For three days and two nights, the unit cleared snow and received positive encouragement from many Bostonians. Although their service in Boston is...
Climate, Volunteer Opportunities
Where tech & nature intersect, SCA Member Rachelle Hedges sees the future of conservation
Posted by Rachelle Hedges | Monday, February 23, 2015
I had just witnessed ﬁrst-hand that using technology and spending time outdoors is not an either/or proposition. One does not inherently exclude or lessen the value of the other, and just because we have a generation that loves their phones, doesn’t mean we won’t have a generation of conservationists too. I believe the marrying of technology and nature will help to better both, making each more valuable, more accessible and healthier. And I believe that students like the ones I worked with today will be the driving force behind this marriage for many years to come.
SCA Member Sarika Khanwilkar feels inspired after making a Gopher Tortoise's day
Posted by Sarika Khanwilkar | Monday, February 23, 2015
I was picking up trash the other day on the West edge of Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, where old pizza boxes, beer cans, plastic bags and other miscellaneous, unidentifiable objects are scattered across the landscape. Most of this litter is cast from cars zipping by...
Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Forests
Posted by Staff | Monday, February 23, 2015
Growing up in Houston, Stacey Kinney says she only saw ducks on oﬃce park ponds. Now, here she was at Coldwater River National Wildlife Refuge in Lambert, Mississippi, netting and banding them by the dozen.
“Getting one of those little silver bands on is not easy,” Stacey declares. “The ducks start...
Animals & Wildlife, Career Success, Diversity, Education, Endangered Species, Wetlands
Steph Jeffries supports SCA because it helps students identify their life's work
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Today Steph Jeffries is a professor in the Forestry and Environmental Resources Department at North Carolina State University. In the summer of 1992, she was an SCA intern at Chugach National Forest in Alaska.
Her recent book, Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests, gives readers rich, ecological insights into 30 different popular...
Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Education, Forests, Parks, Science, Trails and Hiking
Posted by Staff | Friday, February 13, 2015
Davon Goodwin had already made a range of contributions – and sacrifices – before he joined SCA. An Army veteran, he’d pulled extended tours of Iraq and Afghanistan; in the latter, an improvised explosive device fired shrapnel into his brain and shattered two vertebrae. Davon says recovering from his wounds...
Career Success, Education, Forests, Kids, Wildfires
SCA Intern Marlisa Jemison on Electrofishing with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, February 12, 2015
This post was written for Open Spaces, the oﬃcial blog of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s part of a monthly series featuring SCA interns writing about their experiences working to promote, protect and study wildlife on public lands all over the United States.
It’s our great pride and...
Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Education
What's it like to be a conservationist working in Geospatial Information Systems? SCA's Rachelle Hedges describes a typical day.
Posted by Rachelle Hedges | Thursday, February 12, 2015
Well, I really left you hanging last time, didn’t I? I got you all excited about GIS and the amazing things it can do, but I never told you what you would do if you worked in GIS. So, what does a day in the life...
Education, Parks, Science
Here at SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps, our teaching season is in full swing. I and many of my fellow corps members find ourselves teaching all kinds of science lessons in elementary schools, from electricity and magnetism, light and sound, to animal adaptations, or composting. When I first started teaching in my...
January is always misconstrued as something boring, dead, and lifeless, and… and dull… something along those lines. For anyone who believes this, I invite you to visit Hawley. One needs only to awake at dawn and take a walk around the pond to see life everywhere. You see miniscule mouse...
As a result of comfort and familiarity, and also attachment and ownership, I’d say your second visit someplace, or your third or fourth and so on, always looks very different from the first time you see a new place. After ﬂying over eight states and driving through two more, I...
Our 2015 Summer Roadtrip takes you to amazing places and member stories around the country.
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
Where will SCA take you?
A new multi-year study on SCA’s youth impact shows significant gains across a wide range of indicators.
Read about the Study here »