Callahan Mayer-Marks is 17 and hails from Tacoma Parks, MD. She served on a community crew last year but ever since her older sister came back from a national crew with some amazing pictures from Oregon, Callahan has wanted to venture further from home. Based on her...
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.
SCA 1965, Olympic National Park
Posted by Staff | Monday, October 28, 2013
Charley Dickey began his path with SCA as a high school volunteer serving at Olympic National Park in 1965. Today, almost fifty years later, Mr. Dickey remains committed to SCA’s mission spending years as a member of SCA’s Board of Directors. He continues to work towards giving more young people the opportunity to gain hands-on service through SCA.
Posted by Staff | Thursday, October 24, 2013
A key part of the SCA member experience is learning about conservation ethics, citizenship and being of service. But what happens after the SCA hitch, that summer of service or that awesome internship?
Three SCA alums have answered that question by spearheading a grassroots fundraising effort to give back to SCA...
Posted by Staff | Thursday, October 24, 2013
After more than two weeks of being idled by the government shutdown, SCA members on federal lands were more than ready to get back to the conservation work they signed up for when national parks, forests and other sites reopened. The shutdown caused many critical and time sensitive projects to...
Posted by Evan Escamilla | Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Nestle Waters teamed up with the SCA to pitch in at Jones Beach restoring the beach the beach after Hurricane Sandy in NYC. As usual we were live tweeting photos from the event.
Posted by Staff | Friday, September 20, 2013
Guest blogger Elise Heffernan, currently serving in SCA’s Hudson Valley Corps, tells SCA about the work that went into planning last week’s 9/11 Service Project at Vassar.Last week’s SCA Service Project at the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve was a big success!
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Being from western New York I am not used to the heat of south central Oklahoma, especially this year as the temperatures have insisted in remaining 5-10˚ above average.
Posted by Staff | Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The trees were chosen for their ability to tolerate climate change. The footbridges were anchored by cables to withstand ﬂoods. The guest of honor?
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, September 12, 2013
To celebrate the first week of school, SCA Manchester’s Conservation Leadership Corps recently took a trip to Vermont for a tour of the University of Vermont and a visit to Knoll Farm. Leaving shortly after school ended, we made the 3 hour journey up to Jericho Research Forest, a piece of land owned by UVM and used as a part of many classes.
Posted by Jenny Myung | Thursday, September 5, 2013
Earlier this summer, the city of Prescott lost nineteen elite firefighters at the Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona. The Granite Mountain Hotshots were found in their fire shelters, emergency tents meant to be deployed as an absolute last resort.
Posted by Jacqueline Keating | Friday, August 30, 2013
I felt like a four year old dragging my feet through the sand and pouting despite the fact that I was in one of the most beautiful places in the country and had just witnessed a breathtaking sunrise at Delicate Arch. One of my friends was visiting from the east coast, so on my much-needed day off I agreed to spend the morning in the park and found myself regretting it immediately.
Posted by Daniel Ramirez | Thursday, August 29, 2013
The milky, jade green water of the creek comes from glacial ﬂour - the pulverized rock that is scraped off the mountainside as the glacier moves.
Disclaimer: OK, so the photos in this post have little to do with its content, but what’s a good blog without pictures?
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, August 29, 2013
SCA’s 2013 Designing the Parks intern team, serving this summer in Boston with the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation, worked with National Park Service professionals and others to develop a plan for Peddocks Island in Boston Harbor. The 4-member team included a high school student, a recent high school graduate, an undergrad, and a graduate student.
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, August 28, 2013
50 years ago today, over a quarter million people gathered in one of our most famous national parks to peacefully demand that our nation live up to its promise to recognize in everyone the unalienable rights to life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness. To that end, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
A View into History at Devils Postpile by SCA Member Leslie Redman
Posted by Leslie Redman | Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Driving into Yosemite National Park via Tioga Pass offers a prelude to the magnificent scenic views of the park’s wilderness.
Before beginning my internship at Devils Postpile National Monument, I made a pilgrimage to Yosemite National Park to experience John Muir’s Range of Light firsthand.
Posted by Madalee Haines | Monday, August 26, 2013
Hanging upside down in the desert It feels like a while since my last update, but perhaps that’s been because I’ve been doing quite a bit of exploring since first arriving here in Moab, Utah. Arriving in Moab: now that’s a picture I’d like to paint for you.
Posted by Adisson Mcgill-Telmosse | Friday, August 23, 2013
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.
Posted by Jenny Myung | Thursday, August 22, 2013
It’s the greatest job in the world, they pay you to go places you would go on vacation, give you a carnival ride to the ground, then drop in all your camping gear.
Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Diversity, People, Wildfires
Posted by Anna Megan Borthwick | Tuesday, August 20, 2013
History has always been a major interest of mine. I received my bachelor’s degree in history from Chico state in 2011, and went on to gain a masters in historic preservation at University of Oregon, intending to apply my knowledge of history to preserving the raw material of our heritage.
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