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 Jarred Shaw | Saturday, December 15, 2012

Our first day on post-Sandy restoration duty at Cheesequake State Park began with a foggy morning. Dave Donnelly, park superintendent, met us bright and early, outfitted for the damp weather with bright yellow rubber boots. When we told him that two of our chainsaws were on the disabled list, his gracious response was to lend us a couple spares from Cheesequake’s own gear cache.

Posted by Jarred Shaw | Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Hurricane Sandy rolled in on October 29th, 2012, just two days after I returned home to Matawan, New Jersey. I had been in California, serving with an SCA leader crew in Sierra National Forest. As soon as the storm subsided, I emailed my contacts at SCA, requesting assistance for the local cleanup effort. My own efforts began just five minutes from my house, at Cheesequake State Park.

Posted by Staff | Friday, December 7, 2012

Let me start off by saying that the oh so creative name of this lake and town in Alaska only makes sense for one of those things. Take a look at this picture I took of my handy map and you will see what I mean. That blue blob is the lake and that tiny place to the right of it is the town. While Big Lake has over 50 miles of shoreline and is well…

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, December 3, 2012

Bwahaha! Oh man. Too Funny.OK, so, Caption Quality Evaluator Dani Thompson has spoken, and Jamey Anderson is the winner of Conservation Caption Competition, Round 4.Why? “Because,” Dani says, “I’m glad to see the owl got what he deserved for being such a show-off in that commercial.”So… Jamey gets a prize in the owl gets his comeuppance. Good day.Click here for all the rules.

Posted by Staff | Friday, November 30, 2012

Head on over to Krush for a new interview with pro surfer and SCA spokeswoman Lakey Peterson. Topics include her US Open win, her new documentary “Zero to 100 – The Lakey Peterson Story”, and of course her work in philanthropy!Photo via Aaron Lieber

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Winter is on and so is Round 4 of the Conservation Caption Competition. Who’s going to win a prize pack of choice SCA goods? Whoever comments with the cleverest caption (as judged by caption quality evaluator, and Follow Me blogger, Danielle Thompson).Entries are due, either here or on Facebook, by Thursday at 5 PM EST.Special thanks to SCA national partner Dr.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, November 19, 2012

We posed a question and it was this: Got Dirt?The winner of this year’s Got Dirt? Photo Contest chose to answer that question literally, and with a resounding “Yes!”Put on a smock and some goggles and acquaint yourself with “The Sandman,” this year’s grand prize-winning photograph.

Posted by Staff | Monday, November 19, 2012

Source: National Parks Traveler - ‘Postcard From The Backbone Of The Continent: Days Of Discovery At Glacier National Park’ by SCA Intern Ashley AlvarezEditor’s note: Ashley Alvarez an intern with the Student Conservation Association, spent her summer working in Glacier National Park in Montana.

Posted by Staff | Thursday, November 15, 2012

Environmental education is tricky.

I have known this fact for a while, but it’s become a constant consideration in my full time work as an environmental education intern at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. During my time in Alaska working with youth in the field, youI have been a careful observer of the educators and their methods of…well, education!

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, November 13, 2012

On the third weekend of October of this year, the Outdoor Nation San Francisco Summit brought together young outdoorsmen from all over the US to encourage them to lead their peers off of the couch and into the foliage. SCA’s Alumni Council gathered at the event to play a special role: Highlighting the fact that an active outdoor lifestyle is the perfect precursor to a career in conservation.

Posted by Staff | Sunday, November 11, 2012

This post is from the SCA Veterans Fire Corps, who helped clear Hurricane Sandy-ravaged streets along the Jersey Shore. For a full scope of SCA’s response to Hurricane Sandy, read SCA President Dale Penny’s letter to constituents.

Posted by Staff | Friday, November 9, 2012

As a native of Colorado, the dry, cool climate and adventurous, get-outdoors spirit of Anchorage are welcome characteristics to me as I adapt to my home (thousands of miles) away from home during my 10 month internship working for the Anchorage Fish and Wildlife Field Office.

Posted by Staff | Friday, November 9, 2012

The SCA Veterans Fire Corps is currently clearing Sandy-ravaged streets along the Jersey Shore but getting there, as they say, was half the battle. Last Sunday, after volunteering to join the relief effort, the Arizona-based team assembled for a 6:00am briefing and within hours they were in the air.

Posted by Staff | Thursday, November 8, 2012

The following email was sent from SCA President Dale Penny to SCA friends in the regions most affected by Hurricane Sandy. We continue to provide updates on SCA’s response to Sandy via SCA’s Conservation Nation blog.Dear SCA Friend,Like you, SCA is greatly concerned about the people and places affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, November 7, 2012

On the morning of November 2nd, with transportation still down across New York City, over 100 volunteers — including SCA alums — made their way to Hudson River Park on the Manhattan waterfront to help with the clean-up effort. Some peddled up on bicycles, others came on foot from as far away as Brooklyn and Queens.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Dani Thompson, SCA’s Designated Caption Quality Evaluator (and FWS Alaska intern) has picked her winner for Round 3 of the Conservation Caption Competition, Fall 2012 Edition. Behold:Congratulations to Johanna Weaver for being toadily hilarious (so, so sorry for that pun).

Posted by Staff | Monday, November 5, 2012

As the long-term effects of Sandy become more evident, those in need of assistance becomes greater. Check back for updates on ways SCA is getting involved. Follow #SandyVolunteers for up to the minute news on where and how you can help.

More than 1,000 NYC Service volunteers are involved in recovery efforts.

Posted by Staff | Friday, November 2, 2012

This post was written by Lilly Stewart.

One of the great things about my internship with the SCA Hudson Valley Corps is the opportunity to work with other organizations, learn new things and take part in exciting programs like the Clearwater. For one fantastic week I got to be a sailor and teach environmental programs while sailing up and down the Hudson River.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hurricane Sandy has caused enormous amounts of damage all over the North East and Mid West. Below are a few volunteer opportunities for anyone who’s willing and able to lend a hand to those in need in the NYC area.The Hudson River Park staff are calling for volunteers to help get the park ready for re-opening.

Posted by Staff | Thursday, November 1, 2012

Our hearts go out to the hundreds of thousands of other families who were not as fortunate. As recovery begins, please see the following links for more:Getting HelpThe Red Cross “Find Help” pageAfter Sandy: Resources to get back on trackHow to HelpDonate to Red CrossGive BloodThe White House - How to Help the Survivors of Hurricane SandySeven way to help online

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