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.

Corpsmember, Jared Renaud

Posted by William Hough | Friday, May 9, 2014
Corpsmember Jared Renaud, relaxing.

Corpsmember, Jared Renaud


Born & raised in New Jersey as the eldest of a six-son homeschooling family, I like using my work as a means of getting acquainted with the unfamiliar. I attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI graduating in 2010 as a history major and...

by Eric Magnus

Posted by Eric Magnus | Monday, May 5, 2014
Daniel Penzi of the SCA Reverb Tour Crew models an assortment of L.L. Bean gear stuffs

After a short break we’re back on the road with the Reverb Campus Consciousness Tour, hitting 6 schools in 7 days and covering nearly 2000 miles!

Needless to say, we’ve already had plenty of time on the highway to contemplate the...

150 Volunteers Restore Dallas's Trinity River Corridor

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Earlier this spring, SCA teamed up with national supporter Southwest Airlines for Message to the Field — a series of service events bringing together Southwest employees, friends, and family to beautify communities across the nation. As a culmination of this spring service campaign, SCA and Southwest joined up on...

by Jean Bartholomew

Posted by Jean Bartholomew | Tuesday, April 29, 2014

On Saturday, rain and clouds gave way to sunny, warm weather for our final “Heart This City” service event in Point State Park. 80 volunteers from across Pittsburgh turned up to join AEO and SCA volunteers. It was exciting to see groups from Pittsburgh Cares, Pitt, CMU, Duquesne,...

by Jean Bartholomew

Posted by Jean Bartholomew | Thursday, April 24, 2014
Service at The Point in Pittsburgh with American Eagle Outfitters.
I heart the rolling hills. I heart the rivers. I heart the bridges. I heart the Steelers. I truly heart this tough little city.
Yep, you guessed it! We have finally arrived in Pittsburgh, the City of Champions. I will refrain from using this blog as a platform to...

ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Plant 2000 Seedlings at Hudson River Park

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Earth Day NYC 2014: Hudson River Park

An army of blue-clad Conservation Rock Stars stormed Hudson River Park on Saturday, celebrating Earth Day with hands-on service at April’s ConSERVE NYC event.

by Stacy Stone

Posted by Stacy Stone | Monday, April 21, 2014

What a great day for a service project in the Crescent City! Bad weather forced us to reschedule the project earlier this month, so we were ecstatic to be back in New Orleans, this time with sunshine and clear blue skies. The weather was a great indicator of how we’d...

SCA 2009 Shenandoah National Park

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Since a 2009 SCA internship at Shenandoah National Park, Don Macänlalay has gone on to do social media for The Nature Conservancy, the largest environmental nonprofit in America, and one of the most trusted. He began at their national headquarters in Arlington, VA , focused on Tumblr and Instagram, but soon moved on to managing all social media for their Washington state office in Seattle.

by Eric Magnus

Posted by Eric Magnus | Wednesday, April 16, 2014

As we arrived in Miami, the balmy night air breezing in through our rental car made this much clear: our winter was over. Where Dan and I live in New York City, this year’s relentlessly cold weather made Spring seem like a distant dream, even in the second...

Over 50 Volunteers, a Butterfly Garden + One Amazing Mural

Posted by Stacy Stone | Tuesday, April 15, 2014

This Saturday Chicago showed us what it means to HeART This City! Over 50 volunteers gathered at Our Lady of Tepeyac School to spruce up the playground and finish an amazing mural by street artist Nina Palomba. We teamed up with local SCA leaders and staff and spent the morning with volunteers painting, mulching, and planting a butterfly garden in the school’s playground.

Posted by Staff | Monday, April 14, 2014

Great ways to celebrate Earth Day can include a walk in the park, attending a local Earth Day event, or even starting a local garden.  However, to long-time SCA supporters, John and Patricia Case, every day is Earth Day. 

Where conservation is concerned, John and Patricia feel strongly that, “People have...

by Jean Bartholomew

Posted by Jean Bartholomew | Saturday, April 12, 2014

We made it to the Windy City! This week, I arrived with the stellar “HeART this City” team and immediately set to prepping for Saturday’s event. Chicago has been warm and sunny, much to my surprise. Spring in this city is significantly nicer than I expected!


Wild50 2014 Crew

Posted by Leah Cantor | Friday, April 11, 2014

Hitch 4 brought WildCorps to the Living Desert, a public botanical garden and zoo in Palm Desert, CA. The Living Desert is unique in that it is the only American zoo focused...

Dale Penny @ the Corporation for National and Community Service

Posted by Staff | Friday, April 11, 2014

If I told you of a human-made environmental crisis so widespread that it threatened many of the places we hold dear, a dilemma that has spurred controversial commentaries from those in the media and divergent responses from government, you’d say I was referring to climate change. And you would be wrong....

Posted by Chris Olsen | Tuesday, April 8, 2014

After living in the desert through the heart of winter, springtime in the Mojave comes on like a freight train, and suddenly you’re walking through a Ralph Steadman painting and there’s lilies and poppies and blue dicks and the beavertail cactus is blooming, as is the creosote and the bladderpod...

by Jean Bartholomew

Posted by Jean Bartholomew | Monday, April 7, 2014

We made it to New Orleans! And then out of New Orleans a little earlier than expected, but more on that later. This city’s charm immediately captivated me - I can firmly say that I Heart this City! This being my first time to NOLA, I was so...

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, March 31, 2014

With winter finally winding down (go team spring!), what better time to announce the winners to the “I...

ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Clear Ground for the Greenway

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, March 25, 2014

This weekend, 100 SCA volunteers joined up to build resiliency on the New York City waterfront by clearing ground for a new section of the Brooklyn Greenway.

The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative seeks to connect 14 miles of the Brooklyn waterfront from...

Alternative Spring Break in the Bay Area

Posted by Jean Bartholomew | Sunday, March 23, 2014

What a day! It was so exciting to see so many people come out to the kick-off event for HeART This City. We started out the day bright and early at 7am to begin setting up for the day’s activities. I got to work preparing my domain - the registration table. We adorned it with our sweet limited-edition t-shirts, water bottles, SCA sunglasses, and breakfast. Meanwhile, my compadres began prepping the timber for planter box construction.

by Jean Bartholomew

Posted by Jean Bartholomew | Friday, March 21, 2014
Editor’s note: Over the next several weeks, SCA and American Eagle Outfitters are bringing love to urban greenspaces across the country with a series of major service events called “HeART this City.” Native plants will be planted, massive murals will be painted, and hundreds of volunteers will roll up...



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.

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
See Posts by Ariel Lepito
Jessica Zamudio
Yosemite National Park
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Dana DeSousa
Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge
See Posts by Dana DeSousa

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?

On Wednesday, July 27th, SCA joined the National Parks Conservation Association for a joint networking happy hour.
As a Centennial Volunteer Ambassador at Padre Island National Seashore, I’ve gotten to meet some pretty cool people. Recently I...

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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