The SCA is a national non-profit changing lives through hands-on conservation work in the outdoors. Our program participants protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community green spaces at various locations across the country. After a summer working with the SCA, program participants emerge with increased environmental awareness, social responsibility and leadership skills.

Last summer, a trail crew was hard at work in Rock Creek Park, completing multiple restoration projects to enhance trails for visitor use. The crew was working in Dumbarton Oaks Park, a 27-acre section of Rock Creek Park located in Washington D.C., near Georgetown.

With such a large area of land, the crew had no shortage of projects to work on. In just six weeks, the trail crew was able to accomplish more than seven major projects that helped to restore existing trails and increase access for visitors. The crew’s summer consisted of more than just trail work, however.

The crew attended multiple professional development events, enjoyed environmental education days, and even received a visit from the National Park Service Director Chuck Sams. The members finished the summer with new skills, experiences and memories they will never forget.