Lara Fornal

Mt. Rainier Reigns Supreme

Mt. Rainier National Park

We asked our Student Conservation Association community to vote on their favorite park photo from three finalists. The winning photo is of Mt. Rainier National Park, which will be featured on a set of limited-edition SCA postcards this summer. Read on to learn more about the vital conservation work at the locations showcased in the

The Greatest Woman We Know

SCA Founder Liz Putnam smiling wearing a red shirt and blue vest

In honor of Women’s History Month in March, we reflect on the life and legacy of our fearless founder, Liz Putnam. As a 20-year-old student at Vassar College in 1953, she outlined the idea for the SCA in her senior thesis. Modeled after the Civilian Conservation Corps, which enlisted young men to improve America’s public

Photo Vote Results: Your Fall Foliage Favorite

We asked our SCA community to vote for their favorite fall photo and the results are in!

#GreenFriday Is the New Black Friday

You’re invited to get outside the day after Thanksgiving as part of a larger effort to turn #BlackFriday greener.

On the Road with the SCA

Did you know the Student Conservation Association has special roving crews that travel frequently within a state or region?

Great Outdoors Month: Find Your Adventure

June is Great Outdoors Month, and that also means it’s time for the Great American Campout, typically held on the fourth Saturday in June.

Protecting History and Culture

In honor of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month this May, we are highlighting three parks rich in AANPHI history and culture that our SCA crew members have recently or will soon be helping to protect. 1. Manzanar National Historic Site Manzanar War Relocation Center in California was one of ten

Summer Conservation Projects Are Heating Up

Across the nation, Student Conservation Association crews are working to protect public lands, and the 2023 summer season will be no exception. With projects ranging from trail maintenance to removing invasive plant species, SCA members will work to improve parks and greenspaces in multiple U.S. cities. Here’s a glimpse of our conservation work over the

Tree Planting Has Strong Roots at the SCA

We love planting trees at the Student Conservation Association. With National Arbor Day coming up on April 28, we’re shining a spotlight on our Urban Green Program, which provides young people with paid green jobs, including single-day service projects, seasonal work and year-long internships or fellowships.

Five Parks in the Spotlight for National Park Week

National Park Week (April 22-30) is a time to honor all things parks. With more than 400 national parks across the country, there is unarguably a lot to love.

Grizzly Bears Roar Their Way to Top

It was one of the tightest calendar cover races in SCA history! But grizzly bears received the most votes from our online community, so they will grace the cover of the Student Conservation Association’s 2024 calendar. Thanks to the thousands of SCA supporters who weighed in.

The Greatest Woman We Know

The more you learn about the Student Conservation Association’s founder, Liz Putnam, the more you are in awe of her greatness.
We are especially proud to honor her during Women’s History Month, and we also want to celebrate her birthday on April 3! Will you help us?

Beautiful Birds in Our Backyards and Beyond

Get out your binoculars! Feb. 17 kicks off the national Great Backyard Bird Count. We’re getting into the spirit by showcasing three threatened bird species that the Student Conservation Association is working to protect this year.