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 1980, Padre Island National Seashore

Posted by Staff | Friday, July 18, 2014

“It was the first time I saw the ocean or a sea turtle,” says Donna Shaver, recalling her SCA internship at Padre Island National Seashore nearly 35 years ago. “It changed my career and my life.”
Indeed, she’s been at Padre Island ever since. Dr. Shaver’s internship convinced her “to dedicate my career to helping recover dwindling sea turtle populations and study these animals. I have spent my working career doing so.”

by Nicole Catino

Posted by Nicole Catino | Thursday, July 17, 2014
It’s hard to believe our first blitz of the year is just a few days away! (If you missed my first post about what a blitz is, check it out here to get up to speed.) The past couple weeks have been busy, busy, busy...

by Amosh Neupane

Posted by Amosh Neupane | Thursday, July 17, 2014

What’s the difference between an axe-mattock, a pick-mattock, and a pick-axe? Which rake is better, the hard or the soft one? How does one separate a poison ivy plant from other, non-harmful shrubs? What’s the best thing about mugwort? I could go on with the questions… This first week has been all about questions for me.

SCA 2007, 2008, 2009

Posted by Staff | Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sarah’s been here before. Seven years ago, she was SCA’s 50,000th member, attended EarthVision – SCA’s 50th anniversary national youth summit – and was featured on the NBC Nightly News. Today, she’s pursuing her J.D. and hopes to practice environmental law. “I’m interested in defending the environment and people who need a healthy environment to make a living,” she says. We asked Sarah about her SCA experiences.

SCA 1974 North Cascades National Park

Posted by Staff | Thursday, July 17, 2014

“I applied to SCA as an option to jail or death.” Whether he was looking for trouble or it was seeking him, Ernie Wong encountered more than his share growing up in Chicago in the late 1960s and early ‘70s. At age 15, his environmental teacher confronted him. “He recommended I apply to SCA as an option to jail or death,” Ernie recalls.

SCA's Sandy Recovery Crews Learn About Wetland Restoration & Urban Agriculture

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SCA’s Sandy Recovery crews wrapped up their first week on the job with an Environmental Education Day on Randall’s Island — a unique park and recreational space which sits at the confluence of the East River, the Harlem River, and Long Island Sound in New York City.

Forty SCA crew members...

by PaHoua Lee

Posted by PaHoua Lee | Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Removing invasive plant species can be really fun! Until of course, the week has passed and you realize you’ve spent the entire time removing invasive plants… and somehow you have managed to get poison oak not just on your arms, but your ankles as well… Whoo! Welcome to...

by PaHoua Lee

Posted by PaHoua Lee | Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The work has begun! Each morning we pick up crew members in downtown Richmond, California, and drive to our first location at Wildcat Canyon Regional Park. With easy access to 2500 acres, this area is a popular place for residents interested in day hikes and barbequing.

Our mornings are...

9 Hard Days equals 75 Tons of Material Moved

Posted by Gabby Andrews | Friday, July 11, 2014

Welcome to our trail crew - SCA Trail Corps Gabrielle, Miranda, Chad, Ryan, and Alexis. Follow our summer journy as we build mountain bike trails with the Cleveland Metroparks! If you want to get to know us a little better take a look back at our first Welcome Blog and you...

SCA 2014 - Pittsburgh

Posted by Staff | Friday, July 11, 2014

I believe that climate change is the greatest moral issue of our time and I want to do my part to make the world a better place. Naturally, being a conservationist is a fitting solution and directly in line with my values.

SCA 2014 - NYC

Posted by Staff | Friday, July 11, 2014

The joy I experience when I realize what I’m doing isn’t for me, but is for every single living and non-living object of this planet. Conservation is giving ode to previous generations for helping mother Earth live and at the same time safeguarding the Earth for future generations.

SCA 2014 - East Bay Regional Parks, Oakland, CA

Posted by Staff | Friday, July 11, 2014

From a young age, I had spent all of my free time outdoors, participating in outdoor sports, biking and hiking, farming and gardening, and just enjoying the beauty of nature. It finally dawned on me that I wanted to be part of the movement that took care of natural areas so others could also enjoy its beauty and resources as I had.

Earthsaver of the Month

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, July 10, 2014

“Serving the planet shouldn’t be seen as a time-consuming burden, but as a way of life.”

Earthsaver of the Month

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, July 10, 2014

“At an SCA service event at Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx…I experienced a utopian community: people of all ages, ethnicities, backgrounds, and beliefs working together, getting down and dirty to help the planet.”

118 High School Students Hit the Field to Build Resiliency in NY & NJ

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, July 9, 2014

This week, 118 high school students are headed into the field in New York City and New Jersey to help continue the storm recovery process after Hurricane Sandy.

Last summer, SCA launched the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Program, working with the National Park Service to engage students in restoring Gateway...

10 Day Hitch

Posted by Lesley Seale | Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Greetings from SCA Alaska Team 1! We are currently sitting in a comfy, plush cabin that the kind people of Eagle River Parks and Rec put us in as a thanks for all of our hard work. Complete with steak, BBQ chicken, and a beautiful, relaxing lake, it was all...

by PaHoua Lee

Posted by PaHoua Lee | Monday, July 7, 2014

My parents were born and raised in Laos. They were farmers, built homes from mud and plants, and did their best to live off the land. Although they immigrated to the United States in 1985, their love of farming has persisted to this day. I was born and raised in...

by Amosh Neupane

Posted by Amosh Neupane | Monday, July 7, 2014

To many people, the thought of spending the summer outside working under the sun isn’t a pleasing prospect. The sweat, the sunburn, the awkward tan lines, the freckles, and all the other downsides of outdoor labor make people desire an air-conditioned office workspace over something outdoorsy. But guess what… I...

by Nicole Catino

Posted by Nicole Catino | Monday, July 7, 2014

The air is hot and humid, the days are long, when it’s not raining the sun is shining (imagine that), which can only mean one thing… that it’s finally summer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! And in my SCA Green Cities position working on the Black and Gold City Goes...

SCA 1993-1996, 2004-2005

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, July 3, 2014

“Once I got skis on my feet, I knew this was it! SCA has taught me the importance of sustainability and the ethical responsibility to be part of the solution and not the problem. My relationships from SCA are still with me today and have opened doors I never thought possible.”


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

75000 Members have served with SCA

Over 75,000 women and men have served with SCA - read some of their stories here.

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

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

Member Bloggers

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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Noah M Schlager
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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Staff Bloggers

Ann Pedtke
New York City
See posts by Ann Pedtke
Joseph Thurston
Washington, DC
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Alumni Stories

Where will SCA take you?

“Something different” is what Jessica Aronson Cook was looking for when she first joined the Student Conservation Association (SCA) as...
Mary Nghe and Stacey Kinney -- two CDIP Interns with the Student Conservation Association
Growing up in Houston, Stacey Kinney says she only saw ducks on office park ponds. Now, here she was at...

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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