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.

Eradicating Weeds in Wrangell-St. Elias

Posted by Lesley Seale | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

This past week has been a blast as we continued our fight eradicating invasive species! This week we pulled clover, dandelions and timothy grass in Kennecott the old mining town and root glacier in Alaska. So not only did we pull weeds but we had an awesome view of the...

Historic leadership in response to environmental crisis

Posted by Staff | Monday, August 25, 2014

By Jay A. Satz

In the summer of 1988, two fairly typical forest fires were burning in different districts of Yellowstone National Park, but I was so busy managing SCA activity in the Northwest that I hadn’t noticed. That changed in early August when the blazes merged, more fires started, and...

Preparing Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge to Celebrate 50 Years of Wilderness

Posted by Emily Bowles | Friday, August 22, 2014

When William Bradford hopped off of the Mayflower and onto Plymouth Rock, he described the landscape that lay before him as a “hideous and desolate wilderness.” Wilderness, in 1620, was not a scarce resource to be protected and treasured. It was scary and empty, a wasted space awaiting the day...

ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Clear Invasives at New York's "South Pole"

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ConSERVE NYC events have taken our volunteers as far north as Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx, as far west as Hudson River Park in Manhattan, and as far east as Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing. On August 16th, our volunteers traveled to the southern-most point of New York to serve at Conference House Park on Staten Island.

SCA Intern Jacob Cravens Feels Out the Perfect Interpretive Talk for Capitol Reef National Park

Posted by Jacob Cravens | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
How do you make a person feel a connection with the natural world so that they want to conserve it? In my last blog I...

SCA Member Amosh Neupane Refuses to Be Sad Even Though the Best Summer Ever Is Ending

Posted by Amosh Neupane | Monday, August 18, 2014

While loading the hard hats into our van at Floyd Bennett Field, I heard someone ask, “Why are we taking these hats with us to the ceremony?” Someone behind me replied, “Maybe these are our graduation caps.” And it was then that it dawned on me: there would...

SCA Intern Jeffrey Sommer Keeps Tabs on the Hatchlings at Canaveral National Seashore

Posted by Jeffrey Sommer | Saturday, August 16, 2014

Turtle Conservation isn’t all starlit, beachside fun and games folks. In fact a good chunk of the work I do keeping sea turtles off the extinction list happens inside the library of Canaveral National Seashore headquarters. In order to prove that sea turtle conservation is working and worthwhile,...

Buy Textbooks with Cengage Brain to Save Money & Support SCA

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, August 15, 2014

Want to save money on your text books and help save the planet AT THE VERY SAME TIME? Who wouldn’t, right? So go on and sign up for Cengage Brain’s Extra Credit program...

SCA 1983, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 15, 2014

“We were a very diverse group of high school students – kids from the inner city, rural communities, and suburban areas, some of whom had never spent time in the outdoors or traveled outside their state, and we bonded with each other over the course of the program.”

SCA 1975, 1976

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 15, 2014

“Somehow we’ve silo-ed the health of the earth into a political issue: them versus us. I can’t stand opposition on that level. It’s ignorant, upsetting, and un-American.”

SCA 2006, 2009, 2012

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 15, 2014

“As we returned to our campsite one day, we saw a massive grizzly wandering just five feet from my tent. We followed all the bear protocols but it was the most terrified I’ve ever been.”

SCA Intern Marinell Chandler Welcomes the Season's 1st Puppy at Denali's Sled Dog Kennels

Posted by Marinell Chandler | Thursday, August 14, 2014

The next generation of Denali’s wilderness protectors has arrived!

This past week, the kennels became a whir of activity preparing for – and finally, celebrating – the arrival of Sylvie’s due date. Late at night on August 9th Sylvie 

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Last Week of the Season

Posted by Gabby Andrews | Wednesday, August 13, 2014

 Welcome to our trail crew - SCA Trail Corps Gabrielle, Miranda, Chad, Ryan, and Alexis. Follow our summer journey 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...

Last Week of the Season

Posted by Gabby Andrews | Wednesday, August 13, 2014

 Welcome to our trail crew - SCA Trail Corps Gabrielle, Miranda, Chad, Ryan, and Alexis. Follow our summer journey 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...

We finally made it to Rocky River!

Posted by Gabby Andrews | Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Welcome to our trail crew - SCA Trail Corps Gabrielle, Miranda, Chad, Ryan, and Alexis. Follow our summer journey 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...

Field Blogger Jacob Cravens finds hope in connecting visitors to nature at Capitol Reef National Park

Posted by Jacob Cravens | Tuesday, August 12, 2014

    What good can I do? I’m only one person in my twenties. What can I do when the environmental crisis is so big and the obstacles so large? Multinationals make billions of dollars causing damage to the environment and billions of people use their products. I have...

A Day in the Life of an SCA Cape Canaveral Sea Turtle Intern by Caroline Woodward

Posted by Caroline Woodward | Friday, August 8, 2014

Hey y’all!

I would say a lot has happened in the past week, but really something different happens every day. No two service days are the same, and we are eating it up more than the mosquitoes are eating us up (which is a considerable amount; they...

SCA 1993-1997

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 8, 2014

I grew up in the graffiti-filled streets of South Central, where even nice guys had to front a cut-throat persona to get through the day without being beaten. You either rose to the fighting or you died. I had my own run-ins with the authorities.

SCA Field Blogger Jeffrey Sommer Checks in from Cape Canaveral National Seashore

Posted by Jeffrey Sommer | Friday, August 8, 2014

People have always told to me to pursue my passions, and that if you love your job it will feel like you’ve never worked a day in your life. I am an active person who loves the outdoors, and I am uber passionate about the natural world. When...

SCA Intern Marinell Chandler Finds her Calling (& Sled Dog Puppies!) in Denali

Posted by Marinell Chandler | Thursday, August 7, 2014
As summer in Denali National Park and Preserve begins its swift progression to fall, we at the sled dog kennels are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the next generation of wilderness protectors. That’s right – PUPPIES!
 
Each year at the kennels we have a litter of puppies to replace...

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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.

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
See Posts by Dana DeSousa

Staff Bloggers

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

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