Serving the Pacific Northwest

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 Seattle, the SCA has been fielding local conservation crews since 1984 throughout the Pacific Northwest region. With generous support from several public agencies, environmental organizations, schools, youth development organizations, and community groups, the SCA continues to provide conservation opportunities to young people from the Seattle area each year.

Programs run Monday through Friday during the summer (July – August). With the support of our partners and donors, participants are able to:

  • Build trails and restore habitat on public lands
  • Explore green career opportunities and issues facing the environment
  • Build leadership skills as they work on a team of diverse peers
  • Learn about our local environment through field trips, outdoor recreation, and service projects
  • Gain the necessary skills and experience to enter green and public service career sectors

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 their 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.

Key Partners

  • City of Edmonds, Department of Parks, Recreation and Human Services 
  • North Cascades National Park 
  • Mount-Baker Snoqualmie National Forest  
  • Green Seattle Partnership  
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation 
  • Washington Park Arboretum, University of Washington Botanic Gardens 


SCA Seattle Office
Tim Carroll
‪Phone: (208) 993-3003