SCA Alaska

SCA Alaska

Alaska is an SCA “region” unto itself with more than 325 million acres of public land – more than half this nation’s wilderness.  SCA is working to ensure Alaska Native youth remain connected with their natural resources, culture and heritage by forging youth-focused networks of government agencies, Alaska Native corporations, and local organizations. 

Either in spite of, or because of, vast geographically spances and low populations, collaboration with complimentary organizations and programs is key to creating meaningful opportunities for all of SCA’s members.

In recent years, this collaborative effort has achieved a four-fold increase in the number of Alaskan Native teens participating in habitat protection, trail construction, and historic restoration.  And with their new-found skills and experience, many SCA alumni are advancing to conservation careers, with our agency partners particularly eager to bring on diverse, young employees reflective of the community at large.

Youth served:

  • 270 (2013)

Key initiatives:

  • Alaska Native Youth crews programs
  • NPS Alaska Academy
  • Youth Employment in Parks Alumni Crew
  • 2014 Launch Program

Primary partners:

  • Chugach National Forest
  • Denali National Park
  • Juneau Forestry Sciences Lab (part of the Pacific Northwest Research Station)
  • NPS Regional Office
  • Alaska Geographic

Leading supporters:

  • Cook Inlet Regional Incorporated - CIRI Talkeetna Alaska Native Crew
  • ConocoPhillips - Alaska Youth Programs
  • Anchorage Park Foundation - SCA/Youth Employment in Parks
  • Mat-Su Health Foundation - Matanuska-Susitna Valley youth

News, Stories & Projects

Alaska Community Crew Members

Noa Otto is part of a group of 17-20 year olds that have enlisted with the Student Conservation Association for a summer internship. Right now they’re working on the University Lake trail, an Anchorage dog park that is surrounded by outlying bike trails.

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One of the nicest parts about this internship is the way the work weeks are set up. We are on a eight days on -six days off schedule which allows us to bust out our work when need be and also gives us time to recuperate—and go adventuring! We have had the opportunity to explore the majority of Prince of Wales Island in addition to the places we visit while working in the surrounding area.

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Towards the end of one’s college career people begin to ask the question, “So what are you going to do once you graduate?” Some people have a particular career path in mind, many dream of international travel, others plan on immediately continuing their education. I simply wanted to go to Alaska. Having been born in the Rocky Mountains and having spent my college years in the Redwood forest of California, Alaska just seemed like the next logical step.

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