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 1990, Yosemite National Park

Posted by Staff | Monday, July 28, 2014

“Climate change, urban pollution and biodiversity loss all stem from increasing human greed and materialism.”

Growing up in Bhutan, Tshewang Wangchuk long assumed he would become a monk.  Today, however, the SCA alumnus is executive director of the Bhutan Foundation, a National Geographic explorer and one of the world’s leading experts on...

PaHoua Lee & her Oakland Conservation Crew Visit the Marine Sanctuary

Posted by PaHoua Lee | Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sea lions, and monkeyface eels, and kayaking oh my! Everyone loves Fridays, including SCA crews. A wonderful aspect of participating in a Community Crew is the fact that Fridays are designated as environmental education days. Crew leaders plan activities and trips that expose crew members to local initiatives, green businesses,...

SCA 2010-2013

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, July 24, 2014

I enjoy being outdoors and if it’s possible to have a job that doesn’t seem like a job, why not? Conservation work keeps me happy and lets me explore while getting paid to do so.

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, July 24, 2014

Last month, after three years of working for the National Park Service, I earned my career tenure with the federal government. This accomplishment would not have been possible without my SCA service, which gave me the “golden ticket” of non-competitive hiring status.

Initiating Invasive Species Removal

Posted by Lesley Seale | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

 

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Mt Baldy Wrap Up

Posted by Lesley Seale | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
This was our final week on Mt. baldy for the summer. We’ve done a lot...

Posted by Staff | Monday, July 21, 2014

Jaime Berman Matyas is an accomplished and devoted leader in the conservation field and I am delighted to welcome her to SCA. Jaime is a proven innovator with a brilliant mind and the innate ability to bring the right parties together to accomplish common objectives. Teamwork and diversity have been...

Paddle Boarding on the Bay with REI & SCA

Posted by Staff | Monday, July 21, 2014

SCA Alumni Council Leah Duran (pictured below) writes about the REI-led stand-up paddle boarding class recently held at Richmond Marina in the Bay Area exclusively for SCA alums. second course will be held this Friday, 7/25 in Redwood City. You probably also want to join...

Boardwalk Production Begins!

Posted by Gabby Andrews | Friday, July 18, 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 2012-2014, Veterans Fire Corps

Posted by Staff | Friday, July 18, 2014

After three months as a member of SCA’s Veterans Fire Corps, Mike declared “this program should be waiting for every vet when they get home” and re-upped for two more hitches as a corps leader before leaving SCA earlier this year to start his own wildland fire mitigation company.

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.

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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.

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

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
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Joseph Thurston
Washington, DC
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Alumni Stories

Where will SCA take you?

Todd Nelson is the volunteer coordinator at Grand Canyon National Park. We asked him about his career, the National Park...
SCA alum Lauren Ray, aka the Rapping Ranger, has written and performed hip hop odes to each park that she's worked at, starting with Arches National Park where she served as an SCA Intern.
SCA alum Lauren Ray reveals how her SCA internship with the National Park Service helped her discover her public-lands-loving hip hop alter ego, the Rapping Ranger.

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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