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.

Alaskan Wilderness Proves a Life-Changing Experience for SCA Member Amy J. Marks

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ABOVE: A bush plane dropped off SCA member Amy J. Marks and park rangers Evan Olsen, Ed Eberhardy, Jim Hanna at the starting point for their backcountry river patrol of Wrangell St. Elias National Park, right below the toe of the Tana Glacier where...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Parks, People

A Moving Look Back by SCA Member Laura Vachula

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Just in time for National Park Week, an inside look at one of the ways we’re working with the National Park Service to build a public lands workforce that’s as diverse as the Americans it serves.

Each spring, SCA and NPS bring together diverse young conservationists from all over the country...

400 Volunteers Kick Off a New Partnership for Public Lands

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, April 20, 2015

This past Saturday SCA joined forces with American Express to celebrate Earth Day by bringing more than 400 volunteers to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. This day of service marked the first of 18 national events SCA and American Express will host over the next 18 months in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial.

Parks, Sustainability

"SCA gave me more in that three month period than I could begin to repay"

Posted by Staff | Thursday, April 16, 2015

When Student Conservation Association (SCA) supporter and 1983 alumnus, Bob Kachinski, was fresh out of college, he went on what he describes as “a real adventure” by boarding a bus in Massachusetts for a three-day, three-night cross-country trip to rural Worland, Wyoming. Once at his destination, Bob was to start...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, People

Exelon Employees Kick Off National Volunteer Week with Chicago Conservation

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, April 14, 2015

On April 10th, SCA teamed up with national supporter Exelon to kick off National Volunteer Week with hands-on service at Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago.

Animals & Wildlife, Education, Kids, Science

SCA Member Sarika Khanwilkar Waves her Machete for Invasive Species Awareness Week

Posted by Sarika Khanwilkar | Wednesday, April 8, 2015

An invasion is occurring right now, all over the country. Lining roads, populating waterways and lurking in your own backyard, non-native plants and animals have hitched a ride with humans and spread across continents. Whether they were transported intentionally or as cargo ship stowaways, in ecosystems where these new species...

Coasts & Water, Education, Invasives, Parks, Wetlands

ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Get the Queens Waterfront Ready for Spring

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Saturday, April 4, 2015

New York City just can’t seem to escape the wintry weather this season, but that doesn’t stop SCA ConSERVE NYC volunteers from working to get the city’s public lands in shape for spring.

Parks

Seriously, forget the NCAA Final Four. This is truly March Madness.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, April 3, 2015

Bears playing basketball. I repeat: Bears playing basketball.

Bear Family Plays Basketball

Can the teams of the NCAA Final Four compete with the ball handling skills of these bears? Bears are curious animals. They often play with strange or novel objects they find.

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Animals & Wildlife

Kahmia Moise rediscovers her city with SCA & the National Park Service

Posted by Staff | Thursday, April 2, 2015

ABOVE: Kahmia (right) yanks invasives at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in New York City.

NPS ACADEMY 2015 – NEW YORK HARBOR By: Kahmia Moise

In order to be successful one must first, love what they do; second, love who they do it with; and third, love what they do it for,” said former...

...Plus ways to reduce our overall use

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Can I recycle this plastic bag? What about this candy wrapper? Such questions are frequently asked in these thoroughly packaged times, yet not so easily answered.

Grist.org offers some assistance with a handy guide to what plastic items can be recycled and where, but this recent episode of...

Climate, Education, Sustainability

What is the National Park Service doing to attract young people? SCA is an answer!

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SCA Leaders Jean Bartholomew and Emily Fonti made a guest appearance on CNN this weekend — starring in Morgan Spurlock’s “Inside Man” episode examining the role of young people in National Parks.

Career Success, Education, Kids, Parks

Serve Somewhere Unexpected

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, March 19, 2015

ABOVE: Jewel Cave looking all cavey and whatnot. 

Sure. You could spend a few months serving the planet with SCA at a world famous national park, working around tourists, instagramming thoroughly oggled geysers in your spare time. Your friends back home will check their phones and be all like, “Oh....

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Climate, Coasts & Water, Diversity, Education, Endangered Species, Forests, History, Kids, Parks, People, Science, Sustainability, Volunteer Opportunities, Wetlands

Serve Somewhere Unexpected

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, March 19, 2015

ABOVE: St. Regis Canoe Area

Sure. You could spend a few months serving the planet with SCA at a world famous national park, working around tourists, instagramming thoroughly oggled geysers in your spare time. Your friends back home will check their phones and be all like, “Oh. Look at that....

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Climate, Coasts & Water, Diversity, Education, Endangered Species, Forests, History, Invasives, Kids, Parks, Science, Sustainability, Volunteer Opportunities, Wetlands

The closest you'll get to being there without being there...

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, March 18, 2015

If you love parks as much as we do, you’ll L-O-V-E this video from More Than Just Parks. 

The “rock” at :44? Priceless!

MTJP | Joshua Tree from More Than Just Parks on Vimeo.

Help us protect such public lands treasures forever and ever. Donate today. ...

Backcountry & Wilderness, Coasts & Water

Photos that warmed us up to a cold, cold winter

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, March 18, 2015
ABOVE: Another entry by grand prize winner Bernice Ngo, this one titled Ready to Climb.

Wow, what a winter it’s been! For the I <3 Snow Photo Contest, we called for images that would inspire people to embrace the great outdoors in spite of the cold. It’s a good...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Parks

Building a Public Lands Workforce that's as Diverse as the America that it Serves

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, March 16, 2015

ABOVE: Ranger Glenn leads SCA NPS Academy members on an ecology hiking featuring the flora and geology of the Great Smokies.

Each spring for the last 5 years, young conservationists of diverse background have come together from colleges and universities all over the country, converging at select national parks to begin...

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Diversity, Education, Kids, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

SCA alumni, donor and environmental educator, Jessica Aronson Cook

Posted by Staff | Friday, March 13, 2015

“Something different” is what Jessica Aronson Cook was looking for when she first joined the Student Conservation Association (SCA) as a Canyonlands National Park intern. Little did she know she would find her future career and life-long friends.

After finishing a very challenging teaching job for emotionally troubled teenagers and before...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Education, Kids, Parks, People, Science

High score from prestigious Interactive Media Awards

Posted by Staff | Friday, March 13, 2015

The Student Conservation Association’s website, www.thesca.org has won a ‘Best in Class’ prize for Nonprofits from the Interactive Media Awards (IMA), with a total score of 491 out of 500. The IMA Competition, held since 2006, recognizes the highest standards of excellence in website development and...

Career Success, Education

SCA works better because #AmeriCorpsWorks.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, March 12, 2015

SCA has been a proud partner of AmeriCorps since the program was created back in 1994. The 19,000 AmeriCorps members that have served with SCA since that time have dedicated over 10.4 million hours to protecting, studying, and promoting the spaces where nature thrives all over the country, from...

Education, History, Parks, Sustainability, Volunteer Opportunities

Extending NPS Career Opportunities to Diverse Young Conservationists

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, March 11, 2015

This week marks the beginning of SCA NPS Academy 2015, as 20 young conservationists hailing from myriad backgrounds gather in Grand Teton National Park for a 7-day look at what it’s like to work for the National Park Service as protectors and promoters of America’s pricelessly wild publics lands....

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Diversity, Education, Parks, Volunteer Opportunities

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Our 2015 Summer Roadtrip takes you to amazing places and member stories around the country.

75000 Members have served with SCA

Over 75,000 women and men have served with SCA - read some of their stories here.

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

Meet some of the amazing women who blazed a trail with SCA

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?

“Something different” is what Jessica Aronson Cook was looking for when she first joined the Student Conservation Association (SCA) as...
Mary Nghe and Stacey Kinney -- two CDIP Interns with the Student Conservation Association
Growing up in Houston, Stacey Kinney says she only saw ducks on office park ponds. Now, here she was at...

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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