Every year, SCA provides training, tools and projects that place motivated teens and young adults in the field to effect changes great and small. How do we measure the effects? Sometimes its through decreased CO2 levels or by the tons of trash collected or in the number of trees planted. Our success is also measured by the lessons learned, the perspective gained and the lives we transform—today and into the future. Often when the SCA project is over, the success story is just beginning. Take a look at some of our most recent accomplishments.

Patrolling the Beach for A Legendary Ancient Reptile

Posted by Jess Landis | Monday, April 18, 2016

by SCA Intern Jess Landis

SCA has helped tens of thousands of young people launch conservation careers, and Jess Landis will soon be one of them. Jess, an SCA Centennial Volunteer Ambassador at Padre Island National Seashore, just landed a seasonal position as a National Park Service guide at Gulf Islands...

A live(ly) online discussion that took place on 4.14.2016

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, April 18, 2016

On 4/14/16 we helped host a live Twitter chat on volunteer service in national parks with @natlparkservice @goparks @interior @americanexpress and many, many guests.

By Liz Putnam, SCA founding president & Jaime Matyas, president & CEO

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, April 14, 2016

Liz:

Emails don’t ordinarily stop me in my tracks but recently one did: a message from the Clinton Foundation that highlighted a comment from President Bill Clinton in response to this question from a student at UC Berkeley:

“What would you tell your 20-year-old self that many of us in the...

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, April 12, 2016

With so may spectacular entries to choose from, it was tough, but we somehow managed to choose a winner and 2 runners up for the Spring 2016 Capture Conservation Photo Contest. 

Behold: 

Grand Prize: Castle View by Jon Leibowitz

“Just as we...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Thursday, April 7, 2016
Arianne Miller did some serious caving recently as part of a bat survey team she joined during her SCA Natural Resources Internship at Craters of the Moon National Monument. For more on the project, check out this fabulous profile on Idaho’s MagicValley.com. For Arianne’s personal take on a...

SCA Alumni Come Together for Spring Events in NYC, DC, and San Francisco

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, April 4, 2016
SCA alumni gathered in NYC

Over the past month, SCA brought together more than 70 alumni to ring in spring with SCA Alumni Events in New York City, the San Francisoco Bay Area, and Washington, DC.

Parks, People

...from Bee Expert Tim Stanley

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, March 29, 2016

When residents of New York’s Hudson Valley want to know something about bees, Tim Stanley is their go-to guy. He’s a beekeeper, and a veritable expert on the region’s wild bees (which, as you’ll learn, differ substantially from the bees we raise for honey).

We recently interviewed him in an attempt...

Animals & Wildlife, Education, Endangered Species, People, Science

Black footed ferrets were once believed extinct. USFWS is bringing them back.

Posted by Lauren Kurtz | Friday, March 25, 2016
A black footed ferret considers its new habitat.

by Lauren Kurtz, SCA intern for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

This post was written for Open Spaces, the official blog of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s part of a monthly series featuring SCA interns writing about their experiences working...
Animals & Wildlife, Endangered Species, People

Your votes decided which park we'll feature on our 2017 calendar cover...

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, March 24, 2016

We asked friends of the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to vote for the cover of our 2017 Calendar, and you responded.

More than 3,600 friends and supporters of SCA cast their vote and we couldn’t be more pleased with the final result.

The winning photo features Olympic National...

...thru SCA's NPS Academy 2016

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, March 22, 2016

This month, a diverse group of young conservationists from all over Alaska gathered for a weeklong behind-the-scenes look at what goes into managing Kenai Fjords National Park. For the students involved, the event marked the beginning of their 2016 SCA-NPS Academy experience, which, in addition to this...

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, March 16, 2016

“Back then you heard, “You’re not thinking of having women as interns, are you?” Well… we did have women as interns in 1957 and many of them became park superintendents, and rangers and naturalists with the Service.”

SCA Excelsior Corps Members Share Best Moments & Biggest Surprises from Their First Projects in the Field

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, March 14, 2016
SCA Excelsior Corps project leaders gathered at their home base in SUNY Morrisville

SCA Excelsior Conservation Corps members have hit the field for their first hitches at park sites across New York State. Working in five teams of ten members each, the Corps tackles critical conservation projects from New York City to the Adirondacks. SCA Excelsior Project Leaders share some of the best moments — and biggest surprises — during their first days in the field…

Parks, People

...which stunning nature photo to feature on our calendar cover.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, March 14, 2016

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is busy selecting images for our 2017 Calendar, and we want YOU to help us choose the cover!

Simply select one of the three stunning photographs below before March 22…

Five Green Facts and Fables for St. Patrick's Day

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Monday, March 14, 2016
St. Patrick's Day shamrocks

1.       According to ancient legends, St. Patrick was an early – and accidental – arborist. He is said to have carried a walking stick made with wood from an ash tree. As he traveled, Patrick would often evangelize and would start by driving his walking stick into the ground. During...

And they're in Grand Teton for SCA's 2016 NPS Academy...

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, March 11, 2016

Members of a new generation of American conservationists, as diverse as the nation from which they hail, began a year-long exploration of National Park Service careers this month with the launch of SCA’s 2016 NPS Academy. In its sixth year, the program brings together college students from all regions...

Career Success, Diversity, Parks

SCA AmeriCorps Members Nationwide Share Why They Serve

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, March 8, 2016
AmeriCorps members get things done with SCA across the country

Over the past 24 years, thousands of SCA members have rendered millions of hours of conservation service through AmeriCorps programs. To commemorate AmeriCorps Week, we spoke to dozens of SCA-AmeriCorps members to showcase their work and their commitment to serving their communities.

Education, Kids, Parks, People

Game character Luna also loves salsa dancing...

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, March 4, 2016

It’s finally happened.

It only took about 6 decades, but we can now say that there is a conservation-themed video game that features an SCA participant as its Earth-saving hero.

The game? “Save The Park,” developed by Games For Change and funded by NPS partner and SCA sponsor American Express. ...

On Interior Sec. Sally Jewell’s Order Promoting Access to America’s Public Lands for Under-Resourced Youth:

Posted by Jaime Matyas | Friday, March 4, 2016
The Student Conservation Association is encouraged by Secretary Jewell’s leadership to reduce the barriers between connecting America’s young people and our public lands. As the national leader in youth conservation, SCA knows that nature provides young people with essential physical and emotional benefits, and studies involving SCA members further...

...connects NPS with a new generation of conservationists.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, March 3, 2016

SCA’s NPS Academy aims to better ensure the future of U.S. public lands by building a National Park Service workforce that truly reflects the diversity of America.

Career Success, Diversity

Help study & conserve the best kept secrets of America's public lands.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, March 2, 2016
The Copper River Delta in Chugach National Forest. Photo source.

Serve somewhere unexpected with one of our “Under the Radar” Conservation Internships…

Adventures, Career Success, Parks, Volunteer Opportunities

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Meet some of the amazing women who blazed a trail with SCA

Our 2015 Summer Roadtrip takes you to amazing places and member stories around the country.

75000 Members have served with SCA

Throughout the Summer of 2014 we marked our 75,000th member with 75 stories of the women and men have served with SCA - read them here.

Read about the women and men who helped build America’s oldest and largest youth conservation service organization here

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Rachelle Hedges
San Mateo County Parks
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Sarika Khanwilkar
Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge
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Elizabeth Braatz
St. Croix Wetland Management District
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National Trails Intermountain Region
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Dakota McCoy
Yosemite National Park
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Ariel Lepito
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
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Jessica Zamudio
Yosemite National Park
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Ann Pedtke
New York City
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Joseph Thurston
Washington, DC
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Alumni Stories

Where will SCA take you?

Todd Nelson is the volunteer coordinator at Grand Canyon National Park. We asked him about his career, the National Park...
SCA alum Lauren Ray, aka the Rapping Ranger, has written and performed hip hop odes to each park that she's worked at, starting with Arches National Park where she served as an SCA Intern.
SCA alum Lauren Ray reveals how her SCA internship with the National Park Service helped her discover her public-lands-loving hip hop alter ego, the Rapping Ranger.

New findings on SCA's youth impact - read about the Search Institute's study

A new multi-year study on SCA’s youth impact shows significant gains across a wide range of indicators.
Read about the Study here »

Michelle Bobowick, Interning with SCA in Yellowstone National Park, 1985
It was 1958, when our family affair with the Student Conservation Association began. Since, then our family has continued its commitment to improving the world around us through SCA.
During the summer of ’69, twenty students arrived at Great Smokey Mountains National Park ready to clear windfall damage in...
When Student Conservation Association (SCA) supporter and 1983 alumnus, Bob Kachinski, was fresh out of college, he went on what...

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