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.

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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How CNCS made MLK Day More than Just a Holiday

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, January 16, 2014

This year we celebrate MLK Day’s 20th anniversary as a national day of service. While the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr has been a federal holiday since the early eighties, it wasn’t until 1994, when an act of Congress created the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), that we began to observe the date as a “day on, not a day off.”

by Tom Barnes

Posted by Tom Barnes | Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Conservation doesn’t stop at the borders of the US — protecting the diversity of wildlife and habitat is an international responsibility.

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AEO Pledges $1M to Support CCC 2.0

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Friday, January 10, 2014

On January 8th, at the memorial dedicated to the president who founded the Civilian Conservation Corps, SCA members and alumni joined U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in announcing a $1 million pledge from American Eagle Outfitters to launch the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps.

A longtime partner of SCA, American...

Posted by Tom Barnes | Monday, December 30, 2013

Look out, Northeast — already there have been many more sightings of snowy owls this season, and much further south than expected.

An irruption, in birding, is when a species of bird moves into an area where it doesn’t normally winter. Snowies have been spotted as far south as North Carolina...

Posted by Tom Barnes | Tuesday, December 24, 2013

With so many options to choose from, finding the right gift for that special someone can be stressful. But there’s a gift that almost anyone can appreciate, and that’s one that gives back to wildlife: the Federal Duck Stamp.

It’s one of the surest ways of conserving America’s nature....

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Friday, December 20, 2013

This year the Northwest Youth Program successfully piloted a youth conservation crew program based in South Snohomish County, Washington. This crew was designed to provide teenagers from the South Snohomish region with a conservation-based service experience within their own neighborhoods. The 2013 summer crews marked a critical start of SCA’s Snohomish...

Earthsaver of the Month

Posted by Staff | Friday, December 20, 2013

“SCA has given me the opportunity to impact the lives of students from diverse backgrounds.”

Posted by Tom Barnes | Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Wisdom the Laysan albatross returned to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge!

Wisdom laid her newest egg on November 29, 2013 – exactly a year and one day since she laid her last egg! She and her mate are currently brooding the egg. Wisdom is the oldest banded, wild bird in the...

SCA combines two things I deeply believe in: nature conservation and young people.

Posted by Staff | Friday, December 13, 2013

Louise Shelley of Washington, DC, is a generous SCA contributor who also donates her time, contacts, and considerable energy to advancing the cause of youth conservation service right in her own neighborhood – literally. Louise’s magnificent backyard garden is a stone’s throw away from the Battery Kemble unit of Washington...

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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.

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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Dana DeSousa
Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge
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Staff Bloggers

Ann Pedtke
New York City
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Joseph Thurston
Washington, DC
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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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