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 Tom Barnes | Monday, December 9, 2013

While it seems counterintuitive, students can learn the most when they’re not at a desk. And that’s the mission of the Schoolyard Habitat Program — to teach students about the outdoors, while outdoors.

Hands-on learning is the name of the game here, with students and educators working with the U.S. Fish...

Posted by Tom Barnes | Monday, December 9, 2013

Whether you’re in a post-Thanksgiving turkey coma or eating popcorn at the premiere of “Catching Fire,” food is on everyone’s mind, wildlife included. And for good reason — animals across the Northeast are preparing to sustain themselves during the coming winter months.

Temperatures are dropping and food is getting scarce. Of...

Posted by Tom Barnes | Monday, December 9, 2013

My name’s Tom, and as an SCA outreach assistant with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s communications office in the northeast, I’ll be sharing stories with you these next few months.

I’m a senior English major at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and besides working with the Service, I’m an editor at the student newspaper and perform with UMass’s premiere sketch comedy troupe. I’m looking forward to talking to you about conservation news and entertaining, educating nature stories.

Posted by Alyssa Kalter | Friday, November 22, 2013

Most of my time at my SCA internship was spent working with and improving the projects I discussed with you guys in my last blog: food waste management, electrical use reduction. I spent some of my extra time looking for what low hanging fruit I could address regarding other aspects...

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to thank you for being a part of SCA.

Posted by Staff | Friday, November 22, 2013

Your support is an essential ingredient in our time-tested recipe for success: Investing today to build the conservation leaders of tomorrow.

To express the gratitude of everyone at SCA, we’re sharing another recipe that has proven successful year after year: Our founder Liz Putnam’s very own Thanksgiving apple pie.

Posted by Alyssa Kalter | Monday, November 18, 2013

Among the waste reduction projects I worked on at Zephyr Cove, my favorite was working on food waste. I knew I would be working with food waste reduction before I came here; it’s one of the things that attracted me to the position. When I got here, I...

Bears & Bins

Posted by Alyssa Kalter | Monday, November 18, 2013

At the beginning of my internship ARAMARK brought all of the SCA Sustainability Interns to Philadelphia for an orientation to discuss the program and learn more about SCA and Aramark. We spent most of the time viewing presentations and in discussions with SCA and ARAMARK leaders, but we...

Posted by Alyssa Kalter | Monday, November 18, 2013

Hey all, I’m Alyssa, I’m currently working as an ARAMARK/SCA intern out in Nevada at a resort/campground. My internship is actually almost over, but I was given the great opportunity of talking about it...

"My investment in SCA is the hard work of protecting our natural resources."

Posted by Staff | Monday, November 18, 2013
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, those of us at SCA reflect on all that we are thankful for - from our members, to our federal and local partners, to our generous donors who make all that we accomplish possible. 
Clydia Cuykendall has supported SCA for over 15 years,...

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Next spring, a 600-ft section of slope along Riverside Drive in upper Manhattan — badly eroded by stormwater runoff — will burst into bloom again with 850 bluebells and daffodils planted by SCA volunteers at this weekend’s ConSERVE NYC event.

On Saturday, November 9th, over 50 volunteers gathered at Riverside Park,...

Posted by Staff | Friday, November 1, 2013

“SCA enabled me to understand the connection between myself and my impact on the land. And I gained the skills and confidence I needed to not only change my behaviors but help others change theirs.”

- Jeff Chen, ‘06 Yosemite

Please help give the same opportunity to other young people...

Mount Rainier National Park, WA

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, October 31, 2013
Evan Escamilla, Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI), ‘09
My internship with SCA began serendipitously. As a recent business and Spanish graduate I felt somehow left behind during tough economic times, as many of my classmates were moving on to begin their careers. I found myself standing in front of...

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, October 30, 2013

On Saturday, October 26th, SCA kicked off the ConSERVE NYC initiative with a coastal restoration project to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Two Philadelphia crew members were chosen to be given the opportunity to join a SCA National Crew this summer after completing the Greater Philadelphia CLC program. These members joined other high school students on crews working in National Parks and federal lands across the country. The students were provided with...

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, October 30, 2013

For the 2013 Got Dirt? Photo Contest, we asked you to show us how you connect with the natural wonders we all work hard to protect. Your responses were as varied as they were impressive, and it’s been our pleasure to share some of our favorites with you over the...

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, October 30, 2013

When the organizers behind the West’s wildest music festival brought over 2000 conservation thought leaders to Austin, Texas this month for the 2nd annual SXSW Eco conference, SCA was there!

The event invited attendees to come ready to discuss their best ideas for taking on the world’s greatest environmental challenges. SCA’s...

Justin Fisch ASB Blog

Posted by Christine Remein | Tuesday, October 29, 2013

There’s a reason I keep coming back to the SCA. The work is rewarding, the food is delicious, and the locations are beautiful. But all those factors combined cannot trump the best the SCA has to offer: its people.

The SCA draws its participants from a variety of backgrounds....

Posted by Christine Remein | Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Posted by Staff | Monday, October 28, 2013
Kim and Gayla Medley at Olympic National Park

“My mom stimulated our love of nature,” says Kim Medley, a professor of geography at Miami University of Ohio. “I have so many memories of amazing family camping trips and how happy we were on them.”

So it wasn’t much of a surprise in 1977 when Kim, then a...


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

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
See Posts by Dakota McCoy
Ariel Lepito
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
See Posts by Ariel Lepito
Jessica Zamudio
Yosemite National Park
See Posts by Jessica Zamudio

Staff Bloggers

Ann Pedtke
New York City
See posts by Ann Pedtke
Joseph Thurston
Washington, DC
See posts by Joseph Thurston

Alumni Stories

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SCA Alum Parker Davis seen in his Crew days at Mount Rainer in 2010 and at his college graduation this year.
Parker Davis is a four-time alumnus of SCA’s Seattle community crew program. When an SCA staff member saw the announcement...
“Something different” is what Jessica Aronson Cook was looking for when she first joined the Student Conservation Association (SCA) as...

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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