SCA Gulf Coast

Big Cypress National Preserve

SCA Gulf Coast

Alabama | Arkansas | Florida | Georgia | Louisiana | Mississippi | Oklahoma | Texas

SCA has a long and storied history in Gulf Coast states.  Our members helped the Everglades come back after Hurricane Andrew, have played vital roles in protecting endangered sea turtles, and today are contributing to the region’s ecological recovery from the Deepwater Horizon spill.

We partner with hundreds of area parks, forests and refuges to protect the Gulf area’s unique natural and cultural sites from climate change, habitat encroachment, invasive species and more.  We also collaborate with the region’s academic institutions – including its many historically Black colleges and universities and Hispanic-serving schools – to ensure that all local students have access to the Great Outdoors, green job opportunities and a prosperous future. 

Youth served:

  • 373 (2013)

Key initiatives:

  • Alternative Spring Break
  • SCA Houston Community Conservation program
  • Attwater Prairie Chicken recovery

Primary partners:

  • City of Houston
  • US Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District Office
  • Big Cypress National Preserve
  • Chattahoochee National Recreation Area
  • Cumberland Island National Seashore

Leading supporters:

  • American Eagle - SCA Alternative Spring Break
  • Shell Oil Foundation - SCA Houston Community Programs
  • Brown Foundation - Conservation Interns and Community Programming
  • Aramark - Sustainability Interns
  • Houston Endowment - Greater Houston programming

News, Stories & Projects

SCA Intern Chris Burgess is helping pull back the Key Largo woodrat from the brink of extinction

Humans have been blamed for the demise of myriad creatures…so imagine helping to pull one back from the brink of extinction.

The Key Largo woodrat has a gray-brown back, a white belly, and measures 14 inches from nose to tail. “They’re kind of cute,” states SCA intern and AmeriCorps member Chris Burgess. “They have big Mickey Mouse ears.”

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I was picking up trash the other day on the West edge of Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, where old pizza boxes, beer cans, plastic bags and other miscellaneous, unidentifiable objects are scattered across the landscape. Most of this litter is cast from cars zipping by on US Highway 1. As the Florida sun continued beaming, I got an eerie gut feeling that I was being watched, like something had snuck up on me.

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Student Conservation Association Member Sarika Khanwikar with an endagnered Gopher Tortoise

Sarika Khanwilkar spends her mornings with a skunk named Mango, and her afternoons watching out for endangered Gopher Tortoises. Learn more about her life as an SCA intern in her first field dispatch from Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge.

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