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.

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Founder’s Day – June 24th – is the yearly commemoration of SCA’s launch in 1957 at Olympic (WA) and Grand Teton (WY) National Parks.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What’s the best way to celebrate the 56th year of a youth-led conservation service movement?

Posted by Carolyn Lucey | Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Carolyn Lucey
The crew woke up early on the first day to bright sunlight in our tents. Birds were shouting from the trees, and a raccoon had gotten into our food stores during the night. Our campsite at Floyd Bennet Field is a leafy, grassy, green oasis that looks rural despite being located in southeastern Brooklyn.

Posted by Vicki Rubino | Sunday, June 23, 2013

Driving down the West Side Highway in Manhattan nearly every day can have its ups and downs. On Friday, I found myself in the midst of heavy traffic as I exited the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and onto the West Side Highway, en route to Rockland County, NY. I listened every ten minutes to the traffic report, trying to plot my best escape from the city.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, June 20, 2013

56 years ago, a movement began. It was based around the idea that young conservationists would jump at the opportunity to serve their communities, give back to nature, and help conserve our treasured outdoor spaces.When the first group of SCA volunteers reported for work at Olympic National Park, they weren’t there to embody this powerful idea, they were there to save the park.

Posted by Vicki Rubino | Monday, June 17, 2013

There is always a moment when a team truly becomes cohesive. I think we reached this point during the second week of the NYC Sandy Recovery Leader Crew. The previous weekend, all of the NYC crew leaders attended the New Jersey crew leader training, which is always a wonderful bonding experience.

Posted by Carolyn Lucey | Wednesday, June 12, 2013

For the last four years I’ve lived as a college student in New York City. I knew I wanted to spend my last summer here exploring and appreciating this crazy, vibrant, unexpected city.

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, June 12, 2013

As a Student Conservation Association intern, you never know what new experiences each day will bring. I work for Delaware State Parks on the Children In Nature initiative, which is a statewide coalition working to get more kids outside. Children In Nature is a large coalition with expansive goals, and my job responsibilities are equally broad in scope.

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Members of the next Sandy restoration crew will fly into New York this weekend from all around the country: places like Chino Hills, CA, Greendale, WI, and Moore, OK. Moore, the OKC suburb that was flattened just three and a half weeks ago by an EF5 tornado. Twenty-three dead, 13,000 homes destroyed or damaged, $2 billion of widespread wreckage.

Posted by Vicki Rubino | Monday, June 10, 2013

The first week of the SCA Sandy Recovery Leader Crew at Gateway National Recreation Area was excellent – filled with site visits, planning, stretching, wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, hard work, goals reached, education, team building, and so so so much sand and debris in places it was not located prior to Sandy!

Posted by Vicki Rubino | Thursday, June 6, 2013

I’ll be a crew leader blogger for the new Hurricane Sandy recovery team at Gateway National Recreation Area! I’m really looking forward to leading and collaborating on this new, HUGE recovery we’re about to undertake with about 24 crew leaders and over 100 high school members!

by Andrea Willingham

Posted by Andrea Willingham | Tuesday, June 4, 2013

It’s weird to think of myself as an SCA alum now, which I suppose I am, after having finished my 9-month internship with Bering Land Bridge National Preserve. I thought I would be working another SCA internship this summer, but as it turns out, last month I was offered a full time park ranger position back at Bering Land Bridge.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Yes! SCA’s very own Graphic Designer, Julia Jandrisits, responsible for our “look” as it appears from our website to our flyers to our Alternative Spring Break T-shirts, has received the G. D.

Posted by Justin “JB” Brimer | Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Everybody likes an “Atta Boy.” And after three years of SCA service projects in the Allegheny National Forest, District Ranger Rob Fallon gave the SCA a tremendous “Atta Boy” last week. “We signed a $1.2 million contract with the SCA (3 years ago).

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, May 15, 2013

VOTE HERE.SCA needs your vote. We are vying to be one of the featured presenters at South by Southwest ECO, a fairly new spin-off from the annual Austin-based entertainment and technology conference, and event organizers are relying on crowd-sourcing to help them identify the top contenders. Help us make sure that the youth voice is represented!

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Conservation Caption Competition, Round 4, go!There must be a tale behind why this SCA member is running around a parking lot wrapped snugly in a mummy bag… Clue us in with your best caption (either here or on Facebook) by 5 PM EST on Monday 5/20.

Posted by Justin “JB” Brimer | Monday, May 13, 2013

Water. How you’ve been cursed when you fall from the sky, rejoiced when you flowed in river bottoms, and feared when you swell and pull in currents and waves.
For trail workers like myself, water is a dire enemy. About 90 percent of my time is spent diverting, building around, channeling, pushing, even aimlessly kicking it out of the path.

Help is on the way for park lands ravaged by Superstorm Sandy.

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Help is on the way for park lands ravaged by Superstorm Sandy.The Student Conservation Association is mounting a largescale, collaborative, youth-fueled recovery program to repair storm-damaged public lands throughout the New York-New Jersey area.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, May 2, 2013

One tick said to another tick…It’s time for round 3 of the Conservation Caption Competition, Spring 2013 Edition!If you can stand to look at this photo long enough to think up a caption, post it to the comments, either here or on Facebook, by Monday at 5 PM EST. We’ll use arbitrarily determined standards to choose our favorite and repost it to good ol’ FB.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, April 24, 2013

More than 1,500 volunteers joined in SCA Earth Day projects nationwide over the last two weekends. Earthsavers of all stripes planted trees in Kansas City, prairie grasses in Houston, and shrubs in Seattle.

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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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Ann Pedtke
New York City
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Joseph Thurston
Washington, DC
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“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.
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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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