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 Staff | Monday, July 2, 2012

Double rainbow, coming from grocery shopping on the way to Colter Bay, sweet first day!

Another of my travel adventures begins. This time I get to intern in one the most awesome parks in the U.S. I was so happy to be placed close to mountains, whereas in Texas you barely see anything sticking out of the ground.

My first couple of days here I met most of the people I’ll be working with.

Posted by Staff | Friday, June 29, 2012

The Houston crew started off first thing Monday morning with orientation at the office. Everyone was able to meet for the first time, learn the names of tools they’d be using and learn what projects they will be doing in the next six weeks. Orientation also gave students a chance to get a feel for what they would be doing out in the field.

Posted by Staff | Thursday, June 28, 2012

At first, the idea that the upcoming work week was to be spent solely in the fire office in Marblemount was kind of a drag. After all the cool places we had traveled to around the North Cascades National Park, we were going nowhere this week but back and forth between computer desks.

Posted by Staff | Thursday, June 28, 2012

Our ‘before’ picture, as the crew enters Wind Cave for the first time.

Posted by Staff | Thursday, June 28, 2012

This morning we met at the park headquarters and mixed up a batch of herbicide to spray for invasive Cattail and Reed Canary. After loading up our sprayers and numerous bottles of herbicide we piled in the truck and made our way to the site. We started off driving on HWY 12 along the stretch that wraps around the southern region of Lake Michigan.

Posted by Staff | Thursday, June 28, 2012

When I was younger, I heard about communes and communal living; I was told they were strange and absurd. In college, a friend of mine spent a weekend with a community that shared religious, spiritual, and communal beliefs. He came back in awe of the generosity and kindness he felt, but also uneasy about the distance and isolation, which this community kept themselves in.

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Getting up in morning isn’t easy. After a day of traveling and 10 days spent in the woods near Mt. SI Washington, I was ready to come back to my new home in Chesterton, IN. Training in Washington was very draining but worth every second! The scenery was beautiful, nestled in the Pacific North Western Mountains.

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Congratulations to Amy Brown on winning the 2011 E3 Washington Award of Excellence in the Informal Educator category! She is an SCA Alumnus and a long-time partner with SCA in the North Cascades WILD partnership. Check out the full story and photos from the ceremony.

Posted by Staff | Monday, June 25, 2012

This month marks SCA’s 55th Anniversary. To date, SCA has engaged nearly 70,000 young people in conservation internships and jobs, resulting in more than 30 million hours of service on federal, state, and local lands. Two-thirds of SCA alumni remain active in conservation.

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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Posted by Staff | Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Editor’s note: The essay below, a tale of triumph and tragedy, was written by SCA Pittsburgh member Siraji Hassan for his graduation from SCA’s Leadership in the Environment Advancement Program (LEAP), a conservation program for youth in poverty. Siraji’s presentation won an award that evening and his story may well win your heart.

Posted by Staff | Friday, June 8, 2012

Seventeen year old Lakey Peterson is a champion surfer, conservationist, and spokeswoman for SCA. Check her out in this interview from Teen Kids News June 5, 2012 episode.

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, May 29, 2012

By Nora Kaufmann, SCA Crew Leader
It’s that time of year again. The last traces of spring linger in the air, the birds are chirping, the grass is green, and coffee consumption in the state of New Hampshire skyrockets as the wonderful SCA staff here in Charlestown, New Hampshire prepares for yet another field season.

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Originally featured on American Eagle Outfitters’ blog Made to Last. This guest blog post was written by Claire W., Associate Design Director at American Eagle Outfitters. Claire participated in SCA’s Alternative Spring Break this March with college students from across the country.

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Check out this great video interview of four-time alum Takeya Meggett shot by SCA partner and Conservation Intern program supporter, Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS). Takeya talks eloquently about her experience as an SCA member and how her passion led to an amazing green career as a Migratory Fish Educator in scenic Hudson Valley, NY.

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, May 15, 2012

May is National Bike Month…and SCA encourages everyone to adopt a greener lifestyle and get on your bike! National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the bicycle…and the many reasons to ride it.

The environment
Health
Exploration
Pleasure and simple enjoyment!

This week is National Bike to Work Week, with Friday, May 18th being Bike to Work Day!

Posted by Staff | Monday, May 14, 2012

Hello! Hope ya’ll are having a great Spring and getting ready for Summer.

Posted by Staff | Friday, May 11, 2012

Photos and text by Stuart Wilkins, 2011 – 2012 SCA Golden Valley Wilderness team of the Desert Restoration Corps (DRC.) The DRC works with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) throughout the California Desert District facilitating the processes of natural regrowth of thousands and thousands of acres of desert habitat.

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, May 9, 2012

From fws.gov, By Bill O’Brian
The numbers are impressive.
More than 1,545 miles of trail inventoried on 234 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service units, most of them national wildlife refuges. More than 142,000 trail feature points collected. More than 15,400 volunteer hours logged. More than $48,000 in AmeriCorp education credits earned.

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Hundreds of SCA volunteers, members, alumni and staff from across the country headed outdoors on Saturday, April 21st to get their hands dirty working for the planet Volunteers planted trees, removed invasive species, cleared trails, picked up trash and did a number of other tasks contributing to the preservation of parks and green spaces in their local communities. 

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