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.

Liz Putnam Attends a Hudson Valley Homecoming

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, November 9, 2015
Liz Putnam with NYSOEA President Tim Stanley and SCA Hudson Valley Corps Program Director Josh Hunn

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.”

Education, People

SCA intern Jennifer Bright on Conservation and Education at NAS JAX

Posted by Staff | Monday, November 9, 2015
SCA Intern Jennifer Bright teaches conservation to children at the Jacksonville Naval Base

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
SCA Veterans Fire Corps team at a prescribed burn in Florida, 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
Boott mill, Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell, Massachusetts

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
Two SCA Crewmembers in San Mateo County California undertaking a GIS project

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
An SCA crew walks along an empty beach in Olympic National Park's coastal wilderness. They worked with NOAA to clean up marine debris in the area.

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
SCA Desert Restoration Corps member Jonathan "Jay" Fennell checks out the view during an off day hike with his crew.

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
Grand Prize winner of SCA's 2015 Capture Conservation Photo Contest: "Me and Mobius Arch"

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 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
SCA member Jeremy Taitano engaged in various outdoor and conservation-related activities: surveying salamanders, doing a back-flip, hiking. The North Face chose to honor Jeremy in their NEVER STOP campaign because of his relentless commitment to realizing a world where conservation is a priority for everyone.

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
Domtar and Student Conservation Association youth volunteers conserve parks in Waco, Texas.

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?

SCA’s Canyon...

Adventures, Diversity, History, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking

A Unique Corps Experience in the Navajo Nation

Posted by Tomas A Quezada | Monday, September 28, 2015
Members of SCA's Canyon de Chelly Crew run up a sand dune in the fading hours of daylight

by Tomas A. Quezada

Ya’at’eeh, it literally stands for good, good for you, good for me, and good for everything that surrounds us. It’s the typical greeting that you will hear from the Diné, or the Navajo, at Canyon De Chelly. This greeting is a constant reminder of how you feel...

Adventures, Diversity, History, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking

Earthsaver of the Month

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Friday, September 25, 2015

“SCA made me feel that I didn’t have to be limited in what I do.”

Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Earthsaver of the Month

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Friday, September 25, 2015
Jeremy Taitano is SCA's Earthsaver Volunteer of the Month!

“I believe in the ability of outdoor spaces to inspire, to empower, and to bring us together as a people. All people.”

Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Sea Turtle Season Was a Moving Experience for Sarika Khanwilkar

Posted by Sarika Khanwilkar | Thursday, September 24, 2015

Most beach experiences involve sunshine, right? For humans, sure, but not for wildlife. The darkness of night provides the camouflage necessary for seven species of reptile to nest. All over the world for the past 120 million years, sea turtles have emerged from the ocean each spring and used the sand to hide and incubate their eggs.

The beach at Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is a place where people and shorebirds actively roam the surface in the daytime, and sea turtles plant future generations under the sand at night. It still feels like a dream to say that I am an SCA intern at one of the most productive sea turtle nesting habitats in the United States.

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Diversity, Endangered Species, People, Science



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.

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
Dana DeSousa
Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge
See Posts by Dana DeSousa

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?

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...

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