Stories from the Field

Removing graffitti and restoring trails on spring break in the Grand Canyon. Thanks, American Eagle Outfitters, for making this possible.Help more SCA members preserve our land for generations to come. Donate now. Sign Up for News & Stories

Another post in our “best-photos-of-all-time” series. When it rains in Houston, well, it really rains. But this SCA crew didn’t seem to mind. They planted lots of trees and had some fun doing it.Thanks Misty Knight, Houston crewleader, for the great photos. Sign Up for News & Stories

Another in our year-end-best-of-09 series. Thanks Dan Crossett for the photos and your contribution to saving coral reefs.
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Thanks Kevin Bacher, Mount Rainier Volunteer Supervisor, for the great photo — our all-time favorite for 2009.Looking for an expense-paid internship? Check out this Visitor Services internship starting at Mount Rainier this spring. Sign Up for News & Stories

SCA Detroit removes invasives, plants trees, learns about conservation, makes new friends, works really hard, and has a great time.Thanks Johnson Controls for your support.
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Ben Goldfarb recently completed a hitch as an SCA Fisheries intern at Yellowstone, charged with helping restore the native cutthroat trout, a food source for grizzlies and otters among others. You can learn more about these photos and Ben’s assignment by visiting his blog, wastivore.blogspot.

A crew from the Student Conservation Association WildCorps has been working on a variety of projects on lands managed by BLM-California. WildCorps is a partnership with the BLM, to train a cadre of youth leaders to enhance public lands.

By Wendy Liscow, Program Officer, The Geraldine R. Dodge FoundationOne warm, crystal clear morning in August, I was lacing up my hiking boots with great anticipation.

Elizabeth Titus Putnam and the Student Conservation Association

“As a twenty-year old Vassar College student in 1953, Elizabeth Titus Putnam was inspired by her experience of the aurora borealis in Grand Teton National Park to create a modern-day conservation corps for students. She used her connections and entrepreneurial instincts to make it happen.

THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA is a six-episode series directed by Ken Burns and written and co-produced by Dayton Duncan (SCA Board Member).
Premieres Sept. 27 on PBS (check local listings)

More on “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.”Preview Introduction by Ken BurnsSummary of the Screening EventPhotos from the Screening EventThe National Parks: America’s Best Documentary?

Elissa Blair: Here are some photos from my crew in the John Muir Wilderness. We worked along a section of the Pacific Crest Trail and caught some spectacular views! One of the best places for work and play I could ever imagine. I am so grateful for this program.

Sarah was in SCA’s Boston Community Program (Harbor Island Ambassadors) this summer and with this essay, she won 2nd place in the Boston Youth Essay Contest.Sarah, Left, with SCA MembersBy Sarah ParkI promise to konservieren sie, conservi, and behoud.

The SCA engaged 36 Boston teens in city parks this summer, from the historic Harbor Islands to West Roxbury’s Allandale Woods.  But on Sunday, August 30, some of them got to visit Boston’s best-known park: Fenway!Bank of America invited SCA students as part of its Youth Day celebration, which kicked off with a tour of the majors’ oldest stadium.  Tomeka Baker, 18, an SCA Island Ambassador and passionate Sox fan, declared “I’m gonna shed a tear!” as she stepped onto the field.

by Chelsea Woodworth, August 17, 2009“Dad, do you remember where Chelsea is going?” my father asked my 85 year old grandfather.  He seemed unreachable, staring at the nursing home window.  Then, he turned and looked directly at me with his old familiar smile and he said with great assurance, “ANWR!”

Photos By Justin PoehneltCutting a tree over a hiking trail in the Frank Church Wilderness with a two person crosscut saw.More by JustinTrail Bridge Construction - 60 Second Time Lapse VideoFlorida Trail Bridge Construction - PhotosMore Photos on Justin’s Flickr