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.

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.

NPS ACADEMY 2015 – NEW YORK HARBOR By: Kahmia Moise

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...

2015 "I <3 Snow" Photo Contest Winners

Posted by Staff | Monday, March 23, 2015

Announcing the winning entries to SCA’s 2015 “I <3 Snow” Photo Contest! Thanks to everyone who entered.

Thursday, March 26

GRAnd Prize!

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Serve Somewhere Unexpected

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, March 19, 2015

ABOVE: Jewel Cave looking all cavey and whatnot. 

Sure. You could spend a few months serving the planet with SCA at a world famous national park, working around tourists, instagramming thoroughly oggled geysers in your spare time. Your friends back home will check their phones and be all like, “Oh....

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Climate, Coasts & Water, Diversity, Education, Endangered Species, Forests, History, Kids, Parks, People, Science, Sustainability, Volunteer Opportunities, Wetlands

Serve Somewhere Unexpected

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, March 19, 2015

ABOVE: St. Regis Canoe Area

Sure. You could spend a few months serving the planet with SCA at a world famous national park, working around tourists, instagramming thoroughly oggled geysers in your spare time. Your friends back home will check their phones and be all like, “Oh. Look at that....

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Climate, Coasts & Water, Diversity, Education, Endangered Species, Forests, History, Invasives, Kids, Parks, Science, Sustainability, Volunteer Opportunities, Wetlands

The closest you'll get to being there without being there...

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, March 18, 2015

If you love parks as much as we do, you’ll L-O-V-E this video from More Than Just Parks. 

The “rock” at :44? Priceless!

MTJP | Joshua Tree from More Than Just Parks on Vimeo.

Help us protect such public lands treasures forever and ever. Donate today. ...

Backcountry & Wilderness, Coasts & Water

Photos that warmed us up to a cold, cold winter

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, March 18, 2015
ABOVE: Another entry by grand prize winner Bernice Ngo, this one titled Ready to Climb.

Wow, what a winter it’s been! For the I <3 Snow Photo Contest, we called for images that would inspire people to embrace the great outdoors in spite of the cold. It’s a good...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Parks

More Emerald Internships at SCA

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, March 17, 2015

At SCA, we see green all year, but we definitely see a lot more of it around St. Patrick’s Day. Here are some more extra-emerald internships, highlighted alongside a few green-themed fun facts. Apply today…

  • Ireland is The Emerald Isle and Seattle is Emerald City, renowned for
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Building a Public Lands Workforce that's as Diverse as the America that it Serves

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, March 16, 2015

ABOVE: Ranger Glenn leads SCA NPS Academy members on an ecology hiking featuring the flora and geology of the Great Smokies.

Each spring for the last 5 years, young conservationists of diverse background have come together from colleges and universities all over the country, converging at select national parks to begin...

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Diversity, Education, Kids, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Emerald Internships at SCA

Posted by Staff | Friday, March 13, 2015

Lots of people are going green this week to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day but at SCA, green is a 24-7-365 way of life. Here’s some St. Paddy’s Day trivia and related intern opportunities. Apply now and, with the luck of the Irish, you could soon land the jig – I mean gig – of a lifetime!

SCA alumni, donor and environmental educator, Jessica Aronson Cook

Posted by Staff | Friday, March 13, 2015

“Something different” is what Jessica Aronson Cook was looking for when she first joined the Student Conservation Association (SCA) as a Canyonlands National Park intern. Little did she know she would find her future career and life-long friends.

After finishing a very challenging teaching job for emotionally troubled teenagers and before...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Education, Kids, Parks, People, Science

High score from prestigious Interactive Media Awards

Posted by Staff | Friday, March 13, 2015

The Student Conservation Association’s website, www.thesca.org has won a ‘Best in Class’ prize for Nonprofits from the Interactive Media Awards (IMA), with a total score of 491 out of 500. The IMA Competition, held since 2006, recognizes the highest standards of excellence in website development and...

Career Success, Education

SCA works better because #AmeriCorpsWorks.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, March 12, 2015

SCA has been a proud partner of AmeriCorps since the program was created back in 1994. The 19,000 AmeriCorps members that have served with SCA since that time have dedicated over 10.4 million hours to protecting, studying, and promoting the spaces where nature thrives all over the country, from...

Education, History, Parks, Sustainability, Volunteer Opportunities

Extending NPS Career Opportunities to Diverse Young Conservationists

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, March 11, 2015

This week marks the beginning of SCA NPS Academy 2015, as 20 young conservationists hailing from myriad backgrounds gather in Grand Teton National Park for a 7-day look at what it’s like to work for the National Park Service as protectors and promoters of America’s pricelessly wild publics lands....

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Diversity, Education, Parks, Volunteer Opportunities

SCA Members study Silver Rice Rat, Pineland Croton, Butterflies and Osprey

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Florida Leafwing Butterfly - one of many species being studied by SCA members in the field

Most of us consider the Florida Keys to be a paradise. But they are also a laboratory.

Over the past century, ocean waters here have risen nine inches and scientists predict they could climb another two feet by 2060.  As most of the Keys’ land mass is a mere five feet...

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