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.

Truths from an ASB SCA Student

Posted by Christine Remein | Monday, October 28, 2013

Callahan Mayer-Marks is 17 and hails from Tacoma Parks, MD.  She served on a community crew last year but ever since her older sister came back from a national crew with some amazing pictures from Oregon, Callahan has wanted to venture further from home.  Based on her...

SCA 1965, Olympic National Park

Posted by Staff | Monday, October 28, 2013

Charley Dickey began his path with SCA as a high school volunteer serving at Olympic National Park in 1965. Today, almost fifty years later, Mr. Dickey remains committed to SCA’s mission spending years as a member of SCA’s Board of Directors. He continues to work towards giving more young people the opportunity to gain hands-on service through SCA.

Seattle Youth End Season on the Pacific Coast

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Monday, October 28, 2013

Old Faithful members headed toward the Kalaloch Lodge ouside of the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park to take part in the 13th annual Washington Coastsavers Coastal Cleanup. Youth spent three days days camping at Kalaloch Campground on the Olympic Peninsula.  During this trip the crew volunteered 40hrs at...

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Monday, October 28, 2013

Nestlé Waters teamed up with SCA at Jones Beach 

World famous Jones Beach State Park on the South Shore of Long Island hosts 6 to 8 million visitors annually on its 6.5 miles of beautiful white-sand beach on the Atlantic Ocean. Their work to erect...

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Monday, October 28, 2013

The Edmonds crew worked in the Edmonds Marsh, located near the Edmonds waterfront, 20 miles north of Seattle. This site is owned by Edmonds Dept. of Parks & Recreation. The crew worked to remove 31,000 square feet of invasive plants from the boundary of the 26 acre marsh, while also...

Posted by Staff | Thursday, October 24, 2013

Twenty years after the signing of the...

Posted by Staff | Thursday, October 24, 2013

Posted by Staff | Thursday, October 24, 2013

A key part of the SCA member experience is learning about conservation ethics, citizenship and being of service. But what happens after the SCA hitch, that summer of service or that awesome internship?

Three SCA alums have answered that question by spearheading a grassroots fundraising effort to give back to SCA...

Posted by Staff | Thursday, October 24, 2013

After more than two weeks of being idled by the government shutdown, SCA members on federal lands were more than ready to get back to the conservation work they signed up for when national parks, forests and other sites reopened. The shutdown caused many critical and time sensitive projects to...

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Friday, October 11, 2013

For the second year in a row, SCA Youth spent three days camping at Kalaloch Campground on the Olympic Peninsula celebrating their year. This was the last trip of the year for Seattle Old Faithfuls (returning members of our community program) and when they weren’t continuing their conservation service and...

Posted by Staff | Friday, October 11, 2013

The best ideas are often inspired by nature. Mine came to me while I served as an SCA intern at Yosemite. Watch a video that shares my story of conservation and leadership. 

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Check out this great infographic that shows the impact of SCA Alternative Spring Break.

Back Country

Posted by Christine Remein | Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Students At Work

Posted by Christine Remein | Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Celebrating 40 Years with 40 Conservation Projects

Posted by Christine Remein | Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tour 40, Celebrating 40 Years with 40 Conservation Projects

Teaming up at SCA Service Days

Posted by Christine Remein | Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Dinosaur monument hosts student conservation crew

Posted by Christine Remein | Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Shell Sponsored Colorado Dinosaur Mountain Crew receives good reviews “…There are different types of volunteers placed by the SCA, including resource assistants individually seeking opportunities with public land management agencies, and also conservation work crews like the one that worked at Dinosaur this summer. Dinosaur has also had numerous resource assistants over the years, helping with peregrine falcon monitoring and doing other wildlife and botanical studies.”

Seattle Sound-bites

Posted by Christine Remein | Tuesday, October 8, 2013

For the full playlist of Sound-bites from Seattle Community Crews Go Here!

Posted by Christine Remein | Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Tuesday, October 1, 2013
SCA/Aramark Alumna Ila Galanti, R.D.

SCA/Aramark Alumna Ila Galanti was recently recognized by the industry site Food Service Director as an industry leader under the age of 30.

As an intern in 2011, Ila Galanti served at the University of Chicago developing the sustainable eating program.

Following completion of her internship Ila was hired full time by...


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
See Posts by Rachelle Hedges
Sarika Khanwilkar
Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge
See Posts by Sarika Khanwilkar
Elizabeth Braatz
St. Croix Wetland Management District
See Posts by Elizabeth Braatz
Noah M Schlager
National Trails Intermountain Region
See Posts by Noah M Schlager
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

Where will SCA take you?

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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