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.

Paddle Boarding on the Bay with REI & SCA

Posted by Staff | Monday, July 21, 2014

SCA Alumni Council Leah Duran (pictured below) writes about the REI-led stand-up paddle boarding class recently held at Richmond Marina in the Bay Area exclusively for SCA alums. second course will be held this Friday, 7/25 in Redwood City. You probably also want to join...

by Nicole Catino

Posted by Nicole Catino | Thursday, July 17, 2014
It’s hard to believe our first blitz of the year is just a few days away! (If you missed my first post about what a blitz is, check it out here to get up to speed.) The past couple weeks have been busy, busy, busy...

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...

by Amosh Neupane

Posted by Amosh Neupane | Monday, July 7, 2014

To many people, the thought of spending the summer outside working under the sun isn’t a pleasing prospect. The sweat, the sunburn, the awkward tan lines, the freckles, and all the other downsides of outdoor labor make people desire an air-conditioned office workspace over something outdoorsy. But guess what… I...

by Nicole Catino

Posted by Nicole Catino | Monday, July 7, 2014

The air is hot and humid, the days are long, when it’s not raining the sun is shining (imagine that), which can only mean one thing… that it’s finally summer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! And in my SCA Green Cities position working on the Black and Gold City Goes...

ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Restore the Bronx Waterfront

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, July 1, 2014

SCA teamed up with the NYC Parks Natural Areas Volunteers and the Appalachian Mountain Club this weekend to clear almost an acre of invasive species from New York City’s largest park.

On Saturday, 70 volunteers gathered at Pelham Bay Park in the...

2 SCA Interns, 161 Whale Bones, & 5,922 Miles

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Google will tell you that 2,961 miles lay between Glacier Bay National Park and Seal Cove, Maine, but it will not give you directions from one to the other. Remarkably, this lack of Googleable routes did not prevent a 3,729 lb whale skeleton from...

by Marinell Chandler

Posted by Marinell Chandler | Thursday, June 19, 2014

This post originally appeared on Denali National Park’s Runnin’ With the Kennels blog. Above photo: 2014 SCA Summer Kennel Interns, Kelly Bell and Marinell Chandler

Founded in 1957 in response to an overwhelming need to take care of our nation’s national parks, the Student Conservation Association strives to build...

80 Volunteers Continue Storm Recovery on Manhattan's East Side

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Friday, June 13, 2014

On the morning of June 10th, over 80 employee volunteers from SCA’s national partner American Eagle Outfitters gathered on Manhattan’s Lower East Side to restore East River Park as part of the #AEOBetterWorld initiative. 

East River Park — a 57-acre oasis of green between the FDR highway and the East River,...

SCA 1957 – Olympic National Park

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Yellowstone National Park contains more than 1,100 miles of trail and among the most impressive is the one blazed by Dr. Mary Meagher. A first-year SCA alumna (Olympic NP, ‘57), Mary is widely credited with paving the way for women scientists in the park service. “Agencies did not hire women at that time, at least with my training and interests,” she says. “That’s just how things were.”

SCA 1957 – Olympic National Park

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The diary of the first-ever SCA crew tells of “15 young woodsmen” who built a new trail along the Elwha River in Olympic National Park, “swapped yarns” and vied in “glissading marathons” in their off-time. Then 16-year old Eliot Putnam started his journal exactly 57 years ago today. Eliot would go on to travel the world with the Peace Corps, CARE, Pathfinder International and the National Council for International Health (where he served as president) promoting family and reproductive health programs in developing countries.

Celebrating the Re-Opening of the Washington Monument

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, May 19, 2014

The Washington Monument reopened recently, following 2 years and $15M worth of repairs after damage sustained during a 2012 earthquake. The Department of Interior and the National Park Service celebrated the occasion with a ceremony on the National Mall, MC’d by ...

See you on the Trail!

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, May 15, 2014

June is THE month to get outside!

OK, sure, at SCA we believe in getting outside every day all year round, but if for some odd reason you could only pick one month to embrace the great outdoors, June would have to be it!

Why, you ask?...

by Eric Magnus

Posted by Eric Magnus | Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Eric here with a look back at the last leg of the “CONSERVATION ROCK TOUR ALL STAR GREAT AMERICAN ROAD TRIP ECO-FRIENDAPOLOZA ‘14” that Dan and I have been immersed in for the past month, otherwise known as Reverb and L.L. Bean’s Campus Consciousness Tour.

After a week-long jaunt through the...

ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Continue a Legacy of Service at Floyd Bennett Field

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, May 13, 2014

At May’s ConSERVE NYC event, over 50 SCA volunteers took to the beachfront to continue the storm recovery process by removing 1500 pounds of debris from Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.

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Yosemite National Park
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Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
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Yosemite National Park
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New York City
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Washington, DC
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“Something different” is what Jessica Aronson Cook was looking for when she first joined the Student Conservation Association (SCA) as...
Mary Nghe and Stacey Kinney -- two CDIP Interns with the Student Conservation Association
Growing up in Houston, Stacey Kinney says she only saw ducks on office park ponds. Now, here she was at...

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.
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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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