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 Region, Inc. - 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

It’s weird to think of myself as an SCA alum now, which I suppose I am, after having finished my 9-month internship with Bering Land Bridge National Preserve. I thought I would be working another SCA internship this summer, but as it turns out, last month I was offered a full time park ranger position back at Bering Land Bridge.

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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.“Today we are retreading trail, and then we’re focusing on putting gravel down on spots that are kind of hazardous with water,” says Otto.

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Baltimore Meets the Alaskan Wilderness- It’s Hard to See, But I’m Wearing an Orioles Baseball Cap!

“I have no idea what I’m gonna do this summer,” I told my friend Andrew as we sat on his couch this past winter break. “Do an SCA internship,” he said.

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