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ABOVE: Ranger Glenn leads SCA NPS Academy members on an ecology hiking featuring the flora and geology of the Great Smokies.

Each spring for the last 5 years, young conservationists of diverse background have come together from colleges and universities all over the country, converging at select national parks to begin a year-long conservation service experience called SCA NPS Academy.

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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.

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Florida Leafwing Butterfly - one of many species being studied by SCA members in the field

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 above sea level or less, SCA intern and AmeriCorps member Sean Johnson-Bice notes the islands present “a case study for the effects of climate change on endemic species.”

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SCA member Grace Worm with co-Travelers

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.

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SCA Intern Chris Burgess is helping pull back the Key Largo woodrat from the brink of extinction

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 and AmeriCorps member Chris Burgess. “They have big Mickey Mouse ears.”

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