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 hitches: too many to count

Posted by Staff | Monday, September 22, 2014

In 1984, Russ – a career teacher – stepped in to run SCA’s Seattle office on an interim basis, and that started a quarter-century run with SCA. Since then, Russ has led SCA high school crews in Yellowstone and Denali, taught Wilderness Work Skills to hundreds of grateful students, and consulted on SCA’s award-winning Mount Rainier flood recovery program in 2007-2008, among other roles.

SCA 1979, Yosemite National Park

Posted by Staff | Monday, September 22, 2014

Chip is managing member of Fazenda Investments, LLC, a private equity and real estate investment firm. In the past, he’s consolidated fragmented industries ranging from outdoor advertising to bowling centers, but lately Chip has shifted his focus to sustainable, organic foods. A member of the SCA board of directors with a keen interest in alumni relations, Chip earned his BA from Middlebury College and his MBA from the Darden School of Business.

SCA 2014 Kenai Fjords National Park

Posted by Staff | Friday, September 19, 2014
Photo: NPS/Alana Stickney

There’s definitely a sense of “we’re not in Kansas anymore” in Amidia Frederick’s blog from Alaska – even though she’s from Huntingdon, PA. Upon her arrival, she writes, “I could feel that I was a long way from Pennsylvania and that there was a wealth of inspiration and knowledge for me” at Kenai Fjords National Park.

Aurelia Casey, SCA 2012, 2013, 2014

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, September 18, 2014

Aurelia Casey started out as a community crew member in New York City, but she didn’t stop there. After Hurricane Sandy, she came back for a second year on the crew to help her Staten Island community recover from the storm, and brought out friends and family to participate in SCA’s ConSERVE NYC events. After meeting the education staff of Hudson River Park during a ConSERVE NYC event, Aurelia landed her first SCA internship position this summer, where she was able to share her conservation experience with park visitors and take the first steps toward pursuing a career in education.

Volunteers Gather for Historic Restoration on Governors Island

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

SCA celebrated the one-year anniversary of ConSERVE NYC by bringing together 100 volunteers for historic restoration at Governors Island National Monument.

SCA Alum '11, '12, '13, '14

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, September 12, 2014

CJ Goulding has attended SCA’s NPS Academy as both a member and a mentor. He’s interned for SCA in the Grand Tetons and led crews of high school students in city parks for SCA’s Seattle Community Program

Interior Sec. Jewell Joins SCA & AmeriCorps for a 9/11 Service Project in D.C.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, September 12, 2014

Alongside SCA President Jaime Matyas, AmeriCorps Director Bill Basl, and George Washington Memorial Parkway Superintendent Alex Romero, Secretary Jewell led 125 SCA and AmeriCorps volunteers in an hours long effort to restore a stretch of Potomac River shoreline located just outside of Washington, DC.

SCA 2007, 2013

Posted by Staff | Thursday, September 11, 2014

At age 15, Grace moved with her dad from her homeland of Cameroon to Seattle. A few months later, she was on an SCA crew in the North Cascades, and since then has returned for another field hitch and an 18-month stint as an office assistant.

Earthsaver of the Month

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Imran Khan, an SCA volunteer, serving during Earth Day 2015 at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, New Yorlk

“If I can help to make my peers aware of environmental issues and encourage them to get involved, I can expand our generation’s impact far into the future.”

SCA 1958, Grand Teton National Park

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, September 10, 2014

After two years in the US Army, John was seeking a seasonal job with the National Park Service when he discovered SCA. It was the summer of 1958, just SCA’s second year, and John’s interpretive internship at Grand Teton National Park launched a 30-year career with NPS

SCA 2009 Tonto National Monument

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, September 10, 2014

In 2009, while studying Parks, Rec & Tourism at Arizona State University, Joshua Sweet interned at nearby Tonto National Monument, providing interpretive and educational services for visiting youth groups. Just five years later, he’s already held nearly a dozen seasonal ranger jobs and visited more than 100 national parks. We asked him to summarize his journey to date and he sent back an essay titled “The Scenic Route.”

SCA 2005 Yuha Desert & Olympic National Park

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lillian holds a truly rare perspective of SCA: she’s been both a team member – restoring Southern California landscapes and habitats damaged by unauthorized off-road vehicle use – and a team leader, directing the efforts of an SCA trail crew at Olympic National Park.

Signing Off

Posted by Lesley Seale | Friday, September 5, 2014
Well, that’s a wrap. 



Signing Off

Posted by Lesley Seale | Friday, September 5, 2014
Well, that’s a wrap. 



Sawin' Through the End

Posted by Lesley Seale | Friday, September 5, 2014

Second week into the Devil’s Creek thinning project. The team is working like a well oiled and gassed up chainsaw. We are all now pretty comfortable working with saws and...

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and SCA Commemorate the Wilderness Act

Posted by Emily Bowles | Friday, September 5, 2014

Where to begin? How many 22 year-old lumberjacks can say that they have cut down a blowdown with a congressman, the Secretary of the Interior, President of the Wilderness Society and the Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service? My head is inflating just thinking about it. But after...

Trails and Hiking

SCA 2011, Cococino National Forest

Posted by Staff | Friday, September 5, 2014

“When I joined the Veterans Fire Corps,” says Davon, “that structure and camaraderie from living in the same house, pursuing the same mission, gave me the same feeling I had while serving in the Army.”

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Friday, September 5, 2014

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, SCA members and alumni joined up for conservation service with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, USFWS Director Dan Ashe, and Wilderness Society President Jamie Williams at the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey.

SCA 1980, Zion National Park; 1983, Appalachian Trail

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 29, 2014

Steve is a partner with Boies, Schiller & Flexner, a law practice involved “in every major legal battle of the era,” according to The American Lawyer magazine. Steve has represented a variety of clients in antitrust, intellectual property and other complex cases including Microsoft, Oracle and Napster. He also represented the plaintiffs in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8 banning gay marriage. Among his other affiliations, Steve is a member of the SCA board of directors.

SCA 2013, Grand Teton National Park, Department of the Interior

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 29, 2014

If you want to find Cristina, just look outside. The University of Michigan biology major could be off collecting soil samples, strolling through Nichols Arboretum, or playing field hockey. Cristina felt at home in nature at a very early age, and recently wrote about her evolution from bug rustler to outdoor advocate in NationalParksTraveler.com.