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.

Sustainability Interns Deliver!

Posted by Staff | Friday, May 1, 2015
Pittsburgh PA, where SCA's Green Cities initiative has been helping businesses with sustainability, and saving money in the process.

Sustainability Goes Mainstream on Main Street

A mob is gathering in suburban Pittsburgh and Sahar Arbab couldn’t be happier.  In fact, she incited it.

For the past several weeks, Sahar – an SCA Green Cities sustainability intern – has been surveying small business owners door-to-door.  Have you switched to LED lighting?  Have...

Career Success, Climate, Education, Sustainability

Earthsaver of the Month

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, April 30, 2015

“Ultimately we are all responsible for our planet — there is no Planet-B!”

People, Volunteer Opportunities

350 Volunteers Transform Fort Totten Park

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, April 27, 2015

This Saturday SCA teamed up with American Express to celebrate Earth Day by bringing more than 350 volunteers to Fort Totten Park in Washington, DC. This event followed another successful partnership event with American Express in New York City last weekend, and concluded a month of SCA Earth Day celebrations in 16 cities nationwide.

Forests, Parks, Sustainability, Volunteer Opportunities

Alaskan Wilderness Proves a Life-Changing Experience for SCA Member Amy J. Marks

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ABOVE: A bush plane dropped off SCA member Amy J. Marks and park rangers Evan Olsen, Ed Eberhardy, Jim Hanna at the starting point for their backcountry river patrol of Wrangell St. Elias National Park, right below the toe of the Tana Glacier where...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Parks, People

A Moving Look Back by SCA Member Laura Vachula

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Just in time for National Park Week, an inside look at one of the ways we’re working with the National Park Service to build a public lands workforce that’s as diverse as the Americans it serves.

Each spring, SCA and NPS bring together diverse young conservationists from all over the country...

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, April 20, 2015

A round of applause to the 60 schools and local organizations who participated in our 2015 NYC Earth Day service event with American Express at Van Cortlandt Park!

400 Volunteers Kick Off a New Partnership for Public Lands

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, April 20, 2015

This past Saturday SCA joined forces with American Express to celebrate Earth Day by bringing more than 400 volunteers to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. This day of service marked the first of 18 national events SCA and American Express will host over the next 18 months in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial.

Parks, Sustainability

"SCA gave me more in that three month period than I could begin to repay"

Posted by Staff | Thursday, April 16, 2015

When Student Conservation Association (SCA) supporter and 1983 alumnus, Bob Kachinski, was fresh out of college, he went on what he describes as “a real adventure” by boarding a bus in Massachusetts for a three-day, three-night cross-country trip to rural Worland, Wyoming. Once at his destination, Bob was to start...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, People

Connecting Youth to Nature: National Parks Week

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, April 16, 2015

It’s National Park Week!  SCA recently caught up with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and talked about national parks, connecting youth to nature, and the woman who started it all…

Can you give us a preview of next year’s national park centennial?

The centennial in 2016 gives us all an opportunity to elevate...

Diversity, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Exelon Employees Kick Off National Volunteer Week with Chicago Conservation

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, April 14, 2015

On April 10th, SCA teamed up with national supporter Exelon to kick off National Volunteer Week with hands-on service at Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago.

Animals & Wildlife, Education, Kids, Science

SCA Member Sarika Khanwilkar Waves her Machete for Invasive Species Awareness Week

Posted by Sarika Khanwilkar | Wednesday, April 8, 2015

An invasion is occurring right now, all over the country. Lining roads, populating waterways and lurking in your own backyard, non-native plants and animals have hitched a ride with humans and spread across continents. Whether they were transported intentionally or as cargo ship stowaways, in ecosystems where these new species...

Coasts & Water, Education, Invasives, Parks, Wetlands

ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Get the Queens Waterfront Ready for Spring

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Saturday, April 4, 2015

New York City just can’t seem to escape the wintry weather this season, but that doesn’t stop SCA ConSERVE NYC volunteers from working to get the city’s public lands in shape for spring.


Seriously, forget the NCAA Final Four. This is truly March Madness.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, April 3, 2015

Bears playing basketball. I repeat: Bears playing basketball.

Bear Family Plays Basketball

Can the teams of the NCAA Final Four compete with the ball handling skills of these bears? Bears are curious animals. They often play with strange or novel objects they find.

Animals & Wildlife

Kahmia Moise rediscovers her city with SCA & the National Park Service

Posted by Staff | Thursday, April 2, 2015

ABOVE: Kahmia (right) yanks invasives at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in New York City.


In order to be successful one must first, love what they do; second, love who they do it with; and third, love what they do it for,” said former...

...Plus ways to reduce our overall use

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Can I recycle this plastic bag? What about this candy wrapper? Such questions are frequently asked in these thoroughly packaged times, yet not so easily answered.

Grist.org offers some assistance with a handy guide to what plastic items can be recycled and where, but this recent episode of...

Climate, Education, Sustainability

Thank you for your support

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Thank you! We made it…and it’s all because of you. With your support, we were able to meet our fiscal-year end goal. This means that in the next year, your support will help ensure that even more young people can be a vital part of our legacy to protect, conserve...

What is the National Park Service doing to attract young people? SCA is an answer!

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SCA Leaders Jean Bartholomew and Emily Fonti made a guest appearance on CNN this weekend — starring in Morgan Spurlock’s “Inside Man” episode examining the role of young people in National Parks.

Career Success, Education, Kids, Parks

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

           Each morning, my teaching partner Nathan and I drive to Florida, Massachusetts to begin teaching at Gabriell Abbott Memorial School. It is a forty-minute drive, through twists and turns, down many hills and then up a mountain. Sometimes we get stuck behind a school bus...

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

           New England winters are tough: freezing temperatures, multiple feet of snow just piled high on the ground at all times, bitter winds that rip through your down jacket like you weren’t even wearing one. What really makes it tough though is how hard it is...

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A not so unusual Friday here in Hawley, when the Emma L. Miller Elementary School joined us for the day. The 4th and 5th graders built this quinzhee hut as a part of our wilderness survival lesson for them. This quinzhee is a hollowed out mound of snow that as...



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New York City
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Joseph Thurston
Washington, DC
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Michael Cronin
Washington, DC
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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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Dana DeSousa
Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge
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Alumni Stories

Where will SCA take you?

On Wednesday, July 27th, SCA joined the National Parks Conservation Association for a joint networking happy hour.
As a Centennial Volunteer Ambassador at Padre Island National Seashore, I’ve gotten to meet some pretty cool people. Recently I...

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...

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.

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