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.

Mount Rainier Recognizes SCA Northwest's Contributions through NPS Director's Partnership Award

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Monday, March 10, 2014

The National Park Service Director’s Partnership Award annually recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and/or lifetime achievements carried out by national park partners nationwide, everyday. It’s a great honor to SCA’s Community Crew program to be nominated by our long time partner Mount Rainier National Park. 

Thirty years ago, in 1984, the...

Posted by Staff | Monday, March 10, 2014

Between March 3, 2015 and April 6, 2015, the public is invited to comment on a grant application submitted by the Student Conservation Association to the California State Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Vehicle Motorized Recreation Division.

Preliminary applications are available on the division website at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov for review and comment...

SCA Alum Eli Livezey has more than 300 miles of Service on his boots

Posted by Staff | Monday, March 3, 2014

I had two job offers for the summer before my junior year of high school, and I went for the one that came with new boots. The job was with Student Conservation Association (SCA), a program that offers youth the opportunity for real jobs in the conservation field.

Cultures come together to continue the storm recovery process in Queens

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, March 3, 2014

SCA teamed up with the National Park Service at Gateway National Recreation Area to organize the largest ConSERVE NYC event to date, bringing over 100 volunteers to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on March 1st to continue the storm recovery process.

Posted by Christine Remein | Friday, February 28, 2014

Southwest Airlines employees blew in from the frigid Chicago weather to give back to local nonprofits inside the tropical Garfield Park Conservatory on Wednesday. After an engaging presentation from Annette Prince, an SCA alum and director of the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, a chorus of hammers rang out as the volunteers began the surprisingly challenging task of constructing birdhouses.

SCA Alumni and Leader Jesse Alton

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Thursday, February 27, 2014

This year the Northwest Community program is celebrating 30 years of community programming and conservation service to the Puget Sound area. We’re reaching out to our SCA members throughout our history to reconnect and find out where they’re at today. This conversation is with Jesse Alton, ‘93-‘96 Seattle Community Program...

Posted by Christine Remein | Monday, February 24, 2014

Perhaps the SCA + SWA team was inspired by the Winter Olympics, because the competitive spirit was certainly at play in Phoenix. The group of Southwest employees gathered 56 bags of trash, for a total of 2,800 gallons of waste removed!

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Posted by Tom Barnes | Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Today, we’re talking about how, in some cases, our passion for nature can actually end up doing more harm than good to the cause of conservation. Some of the world’s problems are so obvious, like pollution and poaching, that we end up missing what’s right under our nose.

Sometimes that problem...

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Posted by Tom Barnes | Wednesday, February 19, 2014

For those that love history as well as the outdoors, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, located along the Delaware coast, is a birder’s paradise. The refuge also features a pre-revolutionary war farmhouse on the National Register of Historic Places. Saltwater marshes at the refuge are first-rate habitats for many migratory...

Vowing Lifelong Commitment on (and to!) Public Lands

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Forget diamonds. Nothing says forever like a 6 million year old mountain range. Ever evocative of enduring beauty, mystery, discovery, and commitment, it’s no wonder that national parks and public lands play setting to some of the most cheek-dampening marriage proposals and wedding ceremonies that you’re ever likely to see....

Posted by Christine Remein | Friday, February 14, 2014

Southwest Airlines volunteers were out in full force at Charles Frias park in Las Vegas on Wednesday. With warm weather and sunshine, SWA pilots, grounds-ops, accounts staff, and many more were in high spirits and good humor at the third SWA + SCA Connect with the Community day of service....

Posted by Christine Remein | Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The SCA and SWA braved a possible two inches of snow forecasted for later in the afternoon in Atlanta to volunteer in Piedmont Park on Monday, Feb.10. The tight-nit crew of volunteers managed to plant 6, 6 gallon pot Sycamore trees,...

Posted by Christine Remein | Tuesday, February 11, 2014

SWA and SCA teamed up to kick off the first of six Message to the Field: Connect with the Community service events that will take place across the country. What an amazing start! Southwest Airlines employees, friends and family, along with SCA staff cleared 10 cubic yards of debris, mulched 93 trees,...

SCA 1993 Seattle Community Program

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Thursday, February 6, 2014

This year the Northwest Community program is celebrating 30 years of community programming and conservation service to the Puget Sound area. We’re reaching out to our SCA members throughout our history to reconnect and find out where they’re at today. Our first conversation is with Qiana Patterson, ‘93 Seattle Community...

Liz Putnam will be joining Northwest Alumni on April 12th, 2014

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Arboretum is a hidden gem on the shores of Lake Washington. Jointly managed by the University of Washington and the City of Seattle, its 230 acres are a dynamic assortment of plants found nowhere else. Volunteers will prune back overgrown vegetation, remove invasive plant species, and re-vegetate areas with...

by Tom Barnes

Posted by Tom Barnes | Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ever looked out your window and wondered which of our flying feathered friends is perched on your feeder? Or maybe you even take note of the variety of beautiful birds that pass through your backyard or favorite hiking spot, but have no idea what kind of birds they are and...

SCA Yosemite, ‘76

Posted by Staff | Thursday, January 23, 2014

After a decade of work related to environmental policy and earning a Masters of City Planning at MIT, Ellen started environmental consultancy Tohn Environmental Strategies.

SCA Volunteers Celebrate MLK's Legacy from Coast to Coast

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hundreds of SCA volunteers across the country took to the field yesterday to celebrate the MLK National Day of Service. From pulling invasives with National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis in DC, to cleaning up a historic park in Harlem, to rejuvenating community gardens in California, SCA members carried on...

Over 125 Volunteer at Ft. Dupont Park in Washington, DC

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, January 22, 2014

TOP PHOTO: NPS Director Jon Jarvis surveys the litter haul with DC Community Crew member Ashley C. during SCA’s MLK Day service project in Ft. Dupont Park

It’s not every day that you’ll find National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis out tromping around the woods in southeast Washington, DC,...

In Harlem, volunteers brave rain and snow to continue a legacy of service.

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, January 22, 2014

SCA volunteers braved rain, sleet, and snow at January’s ConSERVE NYC event in Manhattan – and kept going strong! The project was an auspicious start to a weekend of SCA service events nationwide to mark the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service.

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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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