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 1974, 1975, 1980

Posted by Staff | Thursday, June 19, 2014

Exactly 25 years ago, accompanied only by his wolf dog Smoke, Keith Nyitray recalibrated our understanding of adventure and his own understanding of life by trekking 1,500 miles across the Arctic Brooks Range, from the Yukon Territories to the Northwest coast of Alaska. Along the way, he encountered fierce blizzards, menacing grizzlies, and temperatures of 60 degrees below zero.

SCA 1994, Glacier National Park

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, June 18, 2014

In 1994, at 17, Jessica Martineau joined an SCA trail crew at Glacier National Park. Since then, she’s earned degrees in dance and anthropology from the University of Michigan, performed on stages from New York to Vegas, and faced down a life-threatening illness. Jessica now helps others cope with their own genetic disorders.

SCA 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2014

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Russ Aguilar likes to tell stories. This summer, Russ is in his fourth interpretive position with SCA, this time at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Alaska. “I want to become an educator or an interpreter for a conservation agency,” he says. “SCA not only opened my eyes to the world of conservation but convinced me that I would like to do it for the rest of my life.”

Drains, Grade Dips, and Armoring...

Posted by Gabby Andrews | Tuesday, June 17, 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...

Let Us Introduce Ourselves

Posted by Gabby Andrews | Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hello Everyone! 

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! Take a moment to get to know us and the Cleveland Metroparks a little better! Also, you can continue to follow...

Starting off strong!

Posted by Lesley Seale | Monday, June 16, 2014

After nearly two full weeks of training, travel, and preparation, this week we were all eager and excited to get the project on Mt Baldy started and show off our trail building skills.  Monday morning we meet Chugiach State Park ranger...

80 Volunteers Continue Storm Recovery on Manhattan's East Side

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Friday, June 13, 2014

On the morning of June 10th, over 80 employee volunteers from SCA’s national partner American Eagle Outfitters gathered on Manhattan’s Lower East Side to restore East River Park as part of the #AEOBetterWorld initiative. 

East River Park — a 57-acre oasis of green between the FDR highway and the East River,...

Posted by Staff | Friday, June 13, 2014

Liz Putnam could have pulled any number of strings to join SCA’s Greater Yellowstone Recovery Corps – after all, she founded SCA! But, in 1989, she filled out an application just like everyone else.

SCA 2011-Present

Posted by Staff | Thursday, June 12, 2014

Serah is studying international business and Spanish, and one day hopes to become ambassador to a Spanish-speaking nation. But this summer the 19-year old is working as an SCA apprentice crew leader in her hometown of Milwaukee. Having previously served on three SCA crews, and with three brothers who also have SCA experience, Serah is well acquainted with the drill and is introducing other local teens to the great outdoors and community service.

SCA Hits the Trails from New York to Seattle

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, June 12, 2014

This National Trails Day, SCA volunteers were at work from coast to coast improving our nation’s trails — from wilderness spaces in the Adirondacks to urban park paths in Manhattan.

Over Trails Day weekend, New York led the way with five National Trails Day events across the state. In New York...

75 Volunteers & 15 Organizations Unite to Restore the Dallas Riverfront

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, June 5, 2014

On June 4th, SCA joined Southwest Airlines and 13 other partner organizations for the Inaugural Corporate Day of Service on the Trinity River Corridor in Dallas.

Southwest employees have been active in restoring the Trinity River Corridor for the past two years, working with the City of Dallas to...

Celebrating the Re-Opening of the Washington Monument

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, May 19, 2014

The Washington Monument reopened recently, following 2 years and $15M worth of repairs after damage sustained during a 2012 earthquake. The Department of Interior and the National Park Service celebrated the occasion with a ceremony on the National Mall, MC’d by ...

See you on the Trail!

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, May 15, 2014

June is THE month to get outside!

OK, sure, at SCA we believe in getting outside every day all year round, but if for some odd reason you could only pick one month to embrace the great outdoors, June would have to be it!

Why, you ask?...

by Eric Magnus

Posted by Eric Magnus | Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Eric here with a look back at the last leg of the “CONSERVATION ROCK TOUR ALL STAR GREAT AMERICAN ROAD TRIP ECO-FRIENDAPOLOZA ‘14” that Dan and I have been immersed in for the past month, otherwise known as Reverb and L.L. Bean’s Campus Consciousness Tour.

After a week-long jaunt through the...

ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Continue a Legacy of Service at Floyd Bennett Field

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, May 13, 2014

At May’s ConSERVE NYC event, over 50 SCA volunteers took to the beachfront to continue the storm recovery process by removing 1500 pounds of debris from Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.

Corpsmember, Luis Saurez

Posted by William Hough | Friday, May 9, 2014
Corpsmember, Luis Saurez, kicking it.

Corpsmember, Luis Saurez 

 

Luis Suarez is a south Florida native who definitely prefers its northern half to its sunny beaches. Bike enthusiast and critically acclaimed dancer, Luis spends some afternoons sifting...

Corpsmember, Jared Renaud

Posted by William Hough | Friday, May 9, 2014
Corpsmember Jared Renaud, relaxing.

Corpsmember, Jared Renaud

 

Born & raised in New Jersey as the eldest of a six-son homeschooling family, I like using my work as a means of getting acquainted with the unfamiliar. I attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI graduating in 2010 as a history major and...

by Eric Magnus

Posted by Eric Magnus | Monday, May 5, 2014
Daniel Penzi of the SCA Reverb Tour Crew models an assortment of L.L. Bean gear stuffs

After a short break we’re back on the road with the Reverb Campus Consciousness Tour, hitting 6 schools in 7 days and covering nearly 2000 miles!

Needless to say, we’ve already had plenty of time on the highway to contemplate the...

150 Volunteers Restore Dallas's Trinity River Corridor

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Earlier this spring, SCA teamed up with national supporter Southwest Airlines for Message to the Field — a series of service events bringing together Southwest employees, friends, and family to beautify communities across the nation. As a culmination of this spring service campaign, SCA and Southwest joined up on...

by Jean Bartholomew

Posted by Jean Bartholomew | Tuesday, April 29, 2014

On Saturday, rain and clouds gave way to sunny, warm weather for our final “Heart This City” service event in Point State Park. 80 volunteers from across Pittsburgh turned up to join AEO and SCA volunteers. It was exciting to see groups from Pittsburgh Cares, Pitt, CMU, Duquesne,...

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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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