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.

The Key Largo Woodrat is almost extinct. SCA member Chris Burgess is trying to change that.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, March 9, 2015
SCA Intern Chris Burgess is helping pull back the Key Largo woodrat from the brink of extinction

Humans have been blamed for the demise of myriad creatures…so imagine helping to pull one back from the brink of extinction.

The Key Largo woodrat has a gray-brown back, a white belly, and measures 14 inches from nose to tail. “They’re kind of cute,” states SCA intern...

Animals & Wildlife, Endangered Species

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Marty Talbot, Scott Warthin, Liz Putnam discuss their work with SCA

Marty Talbot’s conservation credentials are seemingly endless: she’s an award-winning biologist, an accomplished author, and her pioneering research has spanned more than 50 years and 60 countries. Marty is also co-founder of SCA.

Career Success, History

Happy Birthday to the Grandest of All Canyon-Centric Parks!

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, February 26, 2015

Theodore Roosevelt was a grand man known for grand gestures, thus it should be no surprise that he loved—LOVED—the Grand Canyon. When he visited it in 1903, making him the first president to do so, his reaction was, well… grand. “The Grand Canyon fills me with awe....

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, History, Parks

6 members of SCA's Massachusetts AmeriCorps Program help Bostonians get out from under 7 ft of snow

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Danger Six, a “Special Operations Unit” composed of SCA Massachusetts Americorps members and staff, traveled to the city of Boston to aid in snow removal efforts. For three days and two nights, the unit cleared snow and received positive encouragement from many Bostonians. Although their service in Boston is...

Climate, Volunteer Opportunities

Where tech & nature intersect, SCA Member Rachelle Hedges sees the future of conservation

Posted by Rachelle Hedges | Monday, February 23, 2015

I had just witnessed first-hand that using technology and spending time outdoors is not an either/or proposition. One does not inherently exclude or lessen the value of the other, and just because we have a generation that loves their phones, doesn’t mean we won’t have a generation of conservationists too. I believe the marrying of technology and nature will help to better both, making each more valuable, more accessible and healthier. And I believe that students like the ones I worked with today will be the driving force behind this marriage for many years to come.

Education

SCA Member Sarika Khanwilkar feels inspired after making a Gopher Tortoise's day

Posted by Sarika Khanwilkar | Monday, February 23, 2015

I was picking up trash the other day on the West edge of Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, where old pizza boxes, beer cans, plastic bags and other miscellaneous, unidentifiable objects are scattered across the landscape. Most of this litter is cast from cars zipping by...

Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Forests

Posted by Staff | Monday, February 23, 2015
Mary Nghe and Stacey Kinney -- two CDIP Interns with the Student Conservation Association

Growing up in Houston, Stacey Kinney says she only saw ducks on office park ponds. Now, here she was at Coldwater River National Wildlife Refuge in Lambert, Mississippi, netting and banding them by the dozen. 

“Getting one of those little silver bands on is not easy,” Stacey declares. “The ducks  start...

Animals & Wildlife, Career Success, Diversity, Education, Endangered Species, Wetlands

Steph Jeffries supports SCA because it helps students identify their life's work

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Today Steph Jeffries is a professor in the Forestry and Environmental Resources Department at North Carolina State University. In the summer of 1992, she was an SCA intern at Chugach National Forest in Alaska. 

Her recent book, Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests, gives readers rich, ecological insights into 30 different popular...

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Education, Forests, Parks, Science, Trails and Hiking

Posted by Staff | Friday, February 13, 2015
Davon Goodwin, SCA Alum at work with the Veterans Fire Corps

Davon Goodwin had already made a range of contributions – and sacrifices – before he joined SCA. An Army veteran, he’d pulled extended tours of Iraq and Afghanistan; in the latter, an improvised explosive device fired shrapnel into his brain and shattered two vertebrae.  Davon says recovering from his wounds...

Career Success, Education, Forests, Kids, Wildfires

SCA Intern Marlisa Jemison on Electrofishing with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, February 12, 2015
This post was written for Open Spaces, the official blog of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s part of a monthly series featuring SCA interns writing about their experiences working to promote, protect and study wildlife on public lands all over the United States.
It’s our great pride and...
Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Education

What's it like to be a conservationist working in Geospatial Information Systems? SCA's Rachelle Hedges describes a typical day.

Posted by Rachelle Hedges | Thursday, February 12, 2015

Well, I really left you hanging last time, didn’t I? I got you all excited about GIS and the amazing things it can do, but I never told you what you would do if you worked in GIS. So, what does a day in the life...

Education, Parks, Science

ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Brave Freezing Temperatures to Restore the Harlem River

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, February 10, 2015

On February 7th, flurries were in the air and over a foot of snow already blanketed Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx. But that didn’t stop 65 volunteers from coming out to the riverfront for February’s ConSERVE NYC event.

Diversity, Education, Invasives, Kids, Parks

Sarika Khanwilkar Finds Her Niche at Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge

Posted by Sarika Khanwilkar | Thursday, February 5, 2015
Student Conservation Association Member Sarika Khanwikar with an endagnered Gopher Tortoise

Sarika Khanwilkar spends her mornings with a skunk named Mango, and her afternoons watching out for endangered Gopher Tortoises. Learn more about her life as an SCA intern in her first field dispatch from Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge.

Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Education, Endangered Species, Parks

Making a Difference with GIS by Rachelle Hedges

Posted by Rachelle Hedges | Wednesday, February 4, 2015

In December of 2010 I left a career in advertising to go back to school for a degree in natural resources management. One of the main reasons for making this change, was that I needed a job in which I could work outside. I love being outside. I love hiking....

Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Coasts & Water, Forests, Parks, Science

Ospreys versus Civic-Minded Citizens

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Saturday, January 31, 2015

Everyone (that we asked) is in agreement. This year’s superbowl will be decided by which team is more in tune with conservation, nature, and the great outdoors.

Now, obviously you’re thinking, “You guys. One team has a formerly endangered, sea-faring bird as its mascot, while the other has, what? A Revolutionary...

History

Preserving Ecosystems Through Smartly Deployed Flames

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Above: SCA Veterans Fire Corps members Wesley Adams, Benjamin Pattyson, Andrew McFarland, Laren Nowell, Demetric Wade, and Ramon Delgado.

Here we have a photo of one of our Veterans Fire Corps crews all geared up and ready to go for a prescribed burn at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge...

Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Forests, Wildfires

SCA Alum Jessica Wonyee Sanchez on Serving as a Citizen Scientist for MLK Day 2015

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, January 23, 2015

This past Monday we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday by participating in the “California King Tides” citizen science project. This event was hosted by Acterra, a Peninsula-based environmental non-profit in the SF Bay Area. We had a great turnout (close to seventy people!), at the East Palo Alto Bay...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Diversity, Education, History, Kids, Parks

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Joins SCA Volunteers to Clean Up the Anacostia River

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Despite freezing temperatures, over 450 DC-area residents rallied together at Anacostia Park to celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service through a morning of volunteering on the riverfront. Among the volunteers in attendance were special guests Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, and SCA President and CEO Jaime Matyas.

History, Kids, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Leah Duran, NPS Park Guide & SCA Alum, on Serving in the Wilderness & the City

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Leah Duran is a three-time SCA alum who just finished a three-year stint on SCA’s Alumni Council. Soon after serving with SCA she began working for the National Park Service, first at Lassen Volcanic National Park, then at John Muir National Historic Site, and now at San...
Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Forests, History, Parks, Trails and Hiking

by SCA Member Alyssa Stegmaier

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, January 20, 2015
This post was written for Open Spaces, the official blog of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service....
Animals & Wildlife, Education, Kids, Parks, Wetlands

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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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Ann Pedtke
New York City
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Joseph Thurston
Washington, DC
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Where will SCA take you?

“Something different” is what Jessica Aronson Cook was looking for when she first joined the Student Conservation Association (SCA) as...
Mary Nghe and Stacey Kinney -- two CDIP Interns with the Student Conservation Association
Growing up in Houston, Stacey Kinney says she only saw ducks on office park ponds. Now, here she was at...

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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