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 working with the SCA, program participants emerge with increased environmental awareness, social responsibility and leadership skills.

Through its Urban Green Program, the SCA provides young people with paid green jobs, including single-day service projects, seasonal work and year-long internships or fellowships. In Atlanta, crew members build trails and restore habitat while exploring green career opportunities, building leadership skills, and learning about the local environment through environmental education field trips, outdoor recreation and service projects.

We offer both school year and summer programs for teens and young adults. Our school year program is held virtually from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and in-person on weekends. Our summer program runs 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Fridays. Members serve at sites in and around Atlanta.

During the program, participants learn how to work as members of a diverse team of peers; gain knowledge of public land resources, environmental issues, and career readiness skills; increase understanding of environmental and trail restoration techniques; acquire experience in public service and outdoor recreation; and develop valuable professional skills through teambuilding and leadership activities.

The SCA launched its first Atlanta community conservation program in 2021. With seed funding from the UPS Foundation, 10 high school students came together to design, construct, maintain, and advocate for increased green spaces. Since then, more than 50 youth in Atlanta and the surrounding areas have participated in SCA programs. Thanks to local environmental organizations, schools, youth development organizations, and numerous community groups, the SCA continues to provide conservation opportunities to Atlanta’s young people each year.

Key Partners

  • The UPS Foundation
  • Macy’s
  • Comic Relief
  • OnX
  • U.S. National Park Service
  • City of Atlanta


SCA Atlanta
Jonathan Johnson, SCA Atlanta Program Manager
P.O. Box 5641
Atlanta, GA 31107
Phone: (703) 781-9955