Washington, DC

SCA Crewmembers in Washington DC

The summer of 2016 marked the 20th anniversary of SCA programs in Washington, DC. To date, over 1,700 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 20 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 18years, 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!


2017 DC Conservation Leadership Corps! 

2017 Conservation Leadership Corps Program for high school members aged 15-19

SCA’s 2017 DC Conservation Leadership Corps Program will have crews of members, aged 15-19, volunteering in Rock Creek National Park, Montgomery County Department of Parks, Greenbelt Park and with the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

As a member of the 2017 Conservation Leadership Corps Program you will:

  • Earn 100 hours of community service!!
  • Volunteer one weekend per month, Saturday and Sunday, January 2017-May 2017 in local parks
  • Participate in mandatory once per month curriculum meetings after school from 5:30PM-7PM
  • Obtain valuable work-skills and green job trainings
  • Work in beautiful outdoor settings
  • Work gear (SCA hoodie, SCA long sleeve shirt, SCA knit hat, water bottle, helmets, gloves, tools) and lunch will be provided to all members in the program
  • Become eligible to participate in an all-expense-paid National Crew to public lands throughout the country OR SCA’s paid 2017 DC Summer Conservation Crew Program
  • If accepted, you MUST be available for the ENTIRETY of the program.

The program dates are below (subject to change depending on weather):

  • January 28, 2017-January 29, 2017 (OVERNIGHT CABIN CAMPING)
  • February 25, 2017-February 26, 2017 (COMMUTING WORK WEEKEND; 8AM-4PM each day)
  • March 25, 2017-March 26, 2017 (COMMUTING WORK WEEKEND; 8AM-4PM each day)  
  • April 29, 2017-April 30, 2017 (COMMUTING WORK WEEKEND; 8AM-4PM each day) 
  • May 20, 2017-May 21, 2017 (OVERNIGHT TENT CAMPING)
  • In addition, there are mandatory curriculum based meetings one weekday per month after school. These meetings happen within the week before the scheduled work weekends above. The exact days of the curriculum meeting will be determined during the cabin camping trip in January.



The application deadline is Friday, November 18th at 5PM. This program is VERY competive and all applicants won’t be accepted into the program.

If you have any questions about the program or application process, please contact scadc@thesca.org.

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