Impacts and Outcomes

SCA believes in Leave No Trace.  To a point.

Wherever they serve, SCA members always make an impact – one that’s positive, significant and enduring.  These young stewards bring a genuine passion to their work, and it affects the both the natural and work environments.  Our partners consistently say they draw inspiration from the energy and enthusiasm SCA members bring to the job, and that our young people are poignant reminders of why it’s so crucial to engage a new generation of conservation leaders. 

Here are some examples of the difference SCA members are making all across America.

Stories from the Field

How SCA and our Agency Partners are making a difference

SCA Leaders Jean Bartholomew and Emily Fonti made a guest appearance on CNN this weekend — starring in Morgan Spurlock’s “Inside Man” episode examining the role of young people in National Parks.

SCA volunteers in New York City took time off from final exams this weekend to help build safer bike trails in Brooklyn. Fifty volunteers gathered at Floyd Bennett Field in Gateway National Recreation Area to clear invasive vines and open up bike paths along Flatbush Avenue.
This Saturday SCA teamed up with American Express to celebrate Earth Day by bringing more than 350 volunteers to Fort Totten Park in Washington, DC. This event followed another successful partnership event with American Express in New York City last weekend, and concluded a month of SCA Earth Day celebrations in 16 cities nationwide.
This Saturday SCA teamed up with American Express to celebrate Earth Day by bringing more than 350 volunteers to Fort Totten Park in Washington, DC. This event followed another successful partnership event with American Express in New York City last weekend, and concluded a month of SCA Earth Day celebrations in 16 cities nationwide.
SCA Leaders Jean Bartholomew and Emily Fonti made a guest appearance on CNN this weekend — starring in Morgan Spurlock’s “Inside Man” episode examining the role of young people in National Parks.
Follow Me: SCA member blogs from the field

“If it was based solely on statistics, I shouldn’t be standing here. I shouldn’t be here talking to you about our National Parks because I am not your typical national park visitor. The typical visitor is over the age of 50 and white. As you can see…that’s not me.I am 22, African-American, the daughter of two Nigerian-born and raised parents - Making me 1st generation American. No, I am not the typical National Park visitor.”

The iconic Rosie the Riveter poster alongside a real Rosie at work in Nashville 1943
It all started on Monday when our Superintendent Sue approached me and asked for help with the Rosie Rally. What...
SCA Intern Ariel Lepito identifying an endangered Wild Lupine
“I soon noticed a pattern in the naming process: trait + body part + animal = common name. For example, there’s the red-winged blackbird, the redheaded woodpecker, the large-mouth bass, the yellow-faced bee, the white-tailed deer… They really tell it like it is!”

News Items

Coyote and feral horses at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota where SCA Interns are working

MEDORA — When asked why university-aged interns at Theodore Roosevelt National Park packed their possessions and came to North Dakota for the summer, most said the decision was a “first step” towards a career in the outdoors.

GREENVILLE - Moose have become synonymous with the state of Maine, and preserving the population is a priority for wildlife biologists.

Editor’s note: The Student Conservation Association exists to help nurture and immerse today’s younger generations in places such as national parks and national forests.

WASHINGTON — Americans across the country paused Monday to observe the annual federal holiday marking the birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.  While the holiday usually means the day off from work or school, many honored Dr.

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