SCA joined forces with Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens to celebrate Veterans Day this past weekend in Washington, DC. Over 130 volunteers of all ages came together to honor veterans who have risked their lives to protect America’s freedoms, continuing their legacy of service with hands-on volunteer work in their local community.
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.
Getting DC National Parks Ready for Winter
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Volunteers Work in San Francisco's Oldest Park
Posted by Staff | Monday, November 16, 2015
On November 14th, 20 employee volunteers from SCA’s partner Union Bank gathered at Buena Vista Park in San Francisco to help prevent erosion control as part of their Global Volunteer Month.
Buena Vista Park, located in the center San Francisco, is named for the spectacular views from its upper slopes. The...
An Intense & Beautiful Wildlife Survey for SCA Forest Service Intern Mia Callahan
Posted by Staff | Sunday, November 15, 2015
by SCA Intern Mia Callahan
It’s a Wednesday morning, and we five members of the Smokey Bear Ranger District wildlife crew (well, two members, two interns, and me, a Student Conservation Association recreation intern tagging along for the adventure) are in our oﬃce for the week: the Sacramento Mountain Wilderness. In...
Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Forests, Wildfires
Volunteers Protect New York City Wetlands
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, November 9, 2015
On November 7th, over 40 employee volunteers from SCA’s partner MUFG Union Bank gathered on Randall’s Island to restore New York City’s freshwater wetlands as part of MUFG’s National Employee Volunteer Month.
Coasts & Water, Invasives
Liz Putnam Attends a Hudson Valley Homecoming
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, November 9, 2015
For Liz Putnam, the weekend was something of a homecoming. The SCA founder keynoted the annual conference of the New York State Outdoor Education Association (NYSOEA) in Fishkill, NY, just a few miles from Vassar College, where 60 years ago Liz used her senior thesis to construct an “SCA.”
SCA intern Jennifer Bright on Conservation and Education at NAS JAX
Posted by Staff | Monday, November 9, 2015
I never expected to be responsible for live and static exhibit care of an interpretive center when I first saw the advertisement for the SCA intern position at Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS JAX). Interpretive Centers are run by the state or non-profits; they are not the responsibility of a...
Education, Kids, Sustainability
SCA Member Wesley Adams reflects on Veterans opportunities
Posted by Staff | Monday, November 9, 2015
Above: SCA Veterans Fire Corps members Wesley Adams, Benjamin Pattyson, Andrew McFarland, Laren Nowell, Demetric Wade, and Ramon Delgado at a prescribed burn in St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge near Tallahassee, Florida.
Transitioning from the military is quite the culture shock. Some Veterans struggle as they figure out what they want...
From Textiles to Edison at Lowell National Historical Park
Posted by Staff | Friday, November 6, 2015
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...
SCA Crew puts California trails on the map.
Posted by Rachelle Hedges | Tuesday, November 3, 2015
VIDEO: GIS Mapping in San Mateo County. SCA’s first full-time GIS Summer Crew puts California trails on the map.
Parks, People, Science, Trails and Hiking
SCA members teamed with NOAA to remove an insane amount of marine debris
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, October 29, 2015
by Dana Wu, SCA Marine Debris Project Coordinator
This summer, a NOAA Marine Debris Program’s Community-Based Removal grant enabled the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to assemble four debris removal crews at Olympic National Park. This Park works with partner agencies such as the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (OCNMS) to protect...
Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Coasts & Water, Parks
A Life-Changing Summer Living & Working in a Desert Wilderness
Posted by Staff | Wednesday, October 28, 2015
ABOVE: Jay Fennell checks out the view on an off-day hike during his summer living and working in the Mojave with SCA’s Desert Restoration Corps.
by Desert Restoration Corps Member Jay Fennell
I spent the summer of 2015 living and working in the heart of the Mojave, tackling critical conservation projects with...
Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Diversity, People, Trails and Hiking
That time I got to interview 94-year-old Park Ranger Betty Reid Soskin
Posted by Allison Joyce | Monday, October 26, 2015
by Allison Joyce, SCA NPS Centennial Volunteer Ambassador
ABOVE: Ranger Betty Reid Soskin at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park Visitor Education Center.
A few weeks ago I was lucky to be able to sit down with Betty Reid Soskin, a Park Ranger at Rosie the...
Career Success, Diversity, Education, History, Parks, People
3 SCA Vermont State Park Interns Enjoy an Inspiring Lunch with Liz Titus Putnam
Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Wednesday, October 21, 2015
On a beautiful fall morning, Liz Putnam, her husband Bruce, colleague Gary King and I drive to Lake St. Catherine State Park in Poultney, VT to rendezvous with three SCA interns. Vermont is Liz’s home state, the relationship with Vermont state parks is brand new, and Liz loves to hang...
Education, Parks, People
These shots took top prize in the Summer 2015 Capture Conservation Photo Contest
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, October 15, 2015
For the Capture Conservation Photo Contest, we asked you to share images that might inspire others to prioritize conservation as much as you do.
The thousands of stunning entries that we received in response made for a tough decision when it was time to choose the winners, but we...
Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking
From the Highest Peak to the Lowest Tide Pools with SCA Sara Gabel
Posted by Staff | Thursday, October 15, 2015
SCA intern Sara Gabel offers a fun, laidback tour of Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area, from its highest peak to its sea life-filled tide pools.
SCA Member Jeremy Taitano on The North Face "Never Stop" blog
Posted by Staff | Tuesday, October 13, 2015
This is a post from The North Face Neverstopexploring blog. SCA Member Jeremy Taitano has been recognized for outstanding commitment to the environment by The North Face Never Stop national campaign.
After spending his childhood spearfishing, diving and...
Exploring American Indian culture--historic & contemporary--on the Santa Fe Trail
Posted by Noah M Schlager | Friday, October 9, 2015
by Noah M. Schlager
ABOVE: Contemporary American Indian artist Justus Benally and Amanda Beardsley at the Santa Fe Indian Market.
“Once in his life a man ought to concentrate his mind upon the remembered earth, I believe. He ought to give himself up to a particular landscape in his experience, to look...
Adventures, Diversity, History, People, Trails and Hiking
Domtar Employees Give Back at Cameron Park
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, October 5, 2015
On October 3rd, over 80 Domtar employees and their families woke up early on a Saturday morning to plant trees, repair fencing, move loads of mulch, and combat invasive plants at Cameron Park.
Parks, Volunteer Opportunities
75 Volunteers Kick Off ConSERVE Chicago Initiative with Service in Thatcher Woods
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Volunteers from across the Chicago area spent their National Public Lands Day with SCA for the launch of ConSERVE Chicago, a public service initiative devoted to mobilizing young people in support of Chicago’s public lands.
Kids, Parks, Volunteer Opportunities
Hollywood Better Get Ready
Posted by Tomas A Quezada | Monday, September 28, 2015
by Tomas A Quezada, SCA Field Leader
When some of the high school students on the SCA crew that I led at Canyon de Chelly National Monument with Adesbah Foguth wanted to make a short film about their service experience this summer, who were we to deny their Spielbergian dreams?
Adventures, Diversity, History, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking
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 »