Washington, DC

The summer of 2013 marked the 18th anniversary of SCA programs in Washington, DC. To date, over 1,200 SCA high school students ages 15-19 from both urban and suburban neighborhoods in the capital region have built and maintained trails, constructed boardwalks, managed invasive species, and completed countless other projects. Thousands more (ages 5-19) have participated in environmental education activities with SCA DC’s Urban Tree House Program and participated in community service projects in the region. For the past 18 years, with generous support from donors, the SCA has provided students from the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland the opportunity to serve their broader community by completing conservation projects in national, state, and regional parks and participating in valuable curriculum-based environmental education activities.

The SCA DC Community Program provides year-round conservation opportunities divided into two seasons: school-year programs (running January through May) and summer programs (running July through August). The Washington DC Community Program offers both volunteer and paid service opportunities. Volunteer programs typically occur on weekends year round, while paid service programs run Monday-Friday in the summertime, fall and spring. Members serve at sites in and around the Metropolitan DC Area. Participants build trails and restore habitat while exploring green career opportunities, building leadership skills, and learning about the local environment through field trips, outdoor recreation and camping trips, and complete community service projects. 

The DC Community Program also provides a valuable environmental education resource for youth in the Metropolitan DC Area. The Urban Tree House Program is the SCA’s environmental education center located in Anacostia Park in Southeast Washington, DC – a site generously provided by National Park Service’s National Capital Parks – East. For over 16 years, SCA staff has provided free environmental education programs and activities for DC-area K-12 youth on a number of topics, including: urban ecosystems and watersheds, waste and recycling, conservation and sustainability, environmental ethics, wildlife, and ecology. UTH programs include hands-on and interactive components to complement an active outdoor environmental curriculum.  

Trainings Offered: 

  • CPR Certification
  • Resume Building       
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
  • Project WET/Project WILD Training
  • Financial Literacy
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Trail Skills

Key Partners:

  • D.C. Aquatic Resource Education Center (AREC) 
  • District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
  • District Department of the Environment (DDOE)
  • National Capitol Parks-East
  • US Forest Service 
  • National Park Service (NPS)
  • Rails to Trails
  • Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission 

Eligibility Requirements: 

Applicants must be at least 15 years of age to participate in high school programs. Members must be currently in high school or recent high school graduates. Other requirements vary by position, as students as young as 5 and as old as 24 participate in SCA DC programs year round.

To contact SCA’s Community Program in Washington, DC, email SCADC@theSCA.org.

To apply, log in or sign up to start your application today!


 2014 DC Fall Alumni Crew Program

2014 DC Fall Alumni Crew Program for Alumni Members Aged 18-25 years old from DC, VA, & MD

SCA DC’s Fall Alumni Crew Program will have a crew of members aged 18-25 working in Rock Creek National Park and Fort DuPont National Park (both in Washington, D.C.) September 8, 2014-October 17, 2014.  As a member of the Fall Alumni Crew Program you will:

  • Earn $11/hr! 
  • Work full time, Monday-Friday (35hrs per week)
  • Build trails, restore river environments, and conserve habitats.
  • Work on technically challenging projects to futher your trail building skills.
  • Give back to your community through service projects.
  • Members will meet at designated Metro Stations each morning. Transportation will be provided from the Metro Station to parks and members will be returned to the same Metro Station at end of work day. 
  • Work gear (SCA hoodie, SCA long sleeve shirt, SCA knit hat, helmets, gloves, and tools) will also be provided to all members in the program.

You must be available to participate for the entirety of the program. Members are only allowed 3 excused absences over the course of the 6 week program so please don’t plan any vacations if you intend on joining the program.

If you are interested in participating in the Fall Program, you must be at least 18 years old and an Alumni of SCA Programing. If you qualify and want to apply, log into your MySCA Account and update your MySCA Profile. You must update your Community Program Application Dates of availability to reflect the length of the fall program.

Our application deadline is Friday, AUGUST 15th.  Access to your MySCA Profile can be found here: http://thesca.force.com/members

Once you have logged into your account and updated your application, follow the steps below to enter the Promo Code for your application:

  1. Locate the “I have a Promo Code” link under the New Application button:

  1. Click on the link.
  2. A text box will appear. 
  3. In that box insert this code: PO-00611921
  4. Press Enter
  5. A new screen will appear telling you that you have applied forPO-00611921”
  6. And you’re done!!

Thanks again for your interest in SCA’s Summer Conservation Crew Program! If you have questions please contact Monique Dailey at scaDC@thesca.org or 703.524.2441.

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