In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service, SCA rallied almost 250 volunteers for our largest service event to date in NYC — joined by special guest U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power.
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.
Ambassador Samantha Power Joins SCA Volunteers to ConSERVE NYC for MLK Day
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Sunday, January 18, 2015
History, Kids, People, Sustainability, Volunteer Opportunities
Quincy Swatson Feeds Fish, Minds, & Even Dreams with Aquaponics
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, December 18, 2014
Sometimes opportunity knocks. Other times it swims and poops, providing nutrients for the plants growing atop its aquarium. SCA alum Quincy Swatson is determined to establish the latter, more rarefied kind of opportunity in the place where he grew up, Pittsburgh’s often troubled Manchester neighborhood.
Quincy’s childhood coincided with Manchester’s ’90s...
Working Together to Strengthen the Future of Conservation
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, December 15, 2014
SCA and its members are Moving Conservation Forward. What does that mean? It means they’re gaining the experience they need to be tomorrow’s conservation leaders. It means they’re finding new ways to tackle our biggest environmental challenges. It means they’re forging ahead, realizing their goals to improve the world...
An Adventure in Duck-Banding with SCA Intern Stacey Kinney
Posted by Staff | Thursday, December 11, 2014
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.
Today’s featured blogger, Stacey Kinney,...
SCA ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Brave Wintry Weather to Restore NYC Beaches
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, December 8, 2014
SCA ConSERVE NYC volunteers aren’t scared of a little rain! This weekend, 50 dedicated volunteers gathered at Jacob Riis Park in Queens, braving intermittent showers and near-freezing temperatures to help restore one of New York City’s most beloved beaches.
A Message from SCA President and CEO Jaime Matyas
Posted by Staff | Friday, November 21, 2014
As we prepare to give thanks with friends and family, I want to express my gratitude for your ongoing support of SCA volunteers. Your generosity allows SCA volunteers to impact every corner of our country…two in particular come to mind today.
Camden, New Jersey is no national park. It’s been cited...
Volunteers Continue Sandy Recovery on Manhattan's Lower East Side
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, November 17, 2014
On November 15th, over 40 employee volunteers from SCA’s partner MUFG Union Bank gathered on Manhattan’s Lower East Side to restore East River Park as part of MUFG’s National Employee Volunteer Month.
East River Park — a 57-acre oasis of green between the FDR highway and the East River, and...
Go easy on the planet this Thanksgiving with these Eco-friendly turkey ideas
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Sunday, November 16, 2014
As you’re tallying up all the various stuff you have to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, take a moment to recall that without Earth and its delicately-balanced ecosystems, we wouldn’t have any of the things we need to survive. No planet, no nature, no life, right?
by Rachel Snodgrass, SCA Intern at Cape Lookout National Seashore
Posted by Staff | Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Open Spaces, the oﬃcial blog of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is now featuring monthly posts by Student Conservation Association interns working to promote, protect, and study wildlife on public lands all over the United States. This is the first post in the series, written by Rachel Snodgrass,...
AmeriCorps Director Bill Basl Joins SCA to Restore Fort Mahan Park
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, November 11, 2014
National AmeriCorps Director Bill Basl joined 65 SCA volunteers on 11/11 at Fort Mahan Park to honor Veterans Day through service.
You need to shop for the holidays. SCA needs your help building the next generation of Conservation Leaders...
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, November 10, 2014
Considering where we are on the calendar, it seems likely that you’ll be doing a little shopping sometime in the very near future. Considering that it’s 2014, odds are some of it’ll take place… on the internet.
Here are a couple ways to support SCA (and therefore the future of...
SCA ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Restore Manhattan's Freshwater Wetlands
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, November 10, 2014
SCA honored Veterans Day through service in NYC by bringing 116 volunteers to Randall’s Island for our second-largest ConSERVE NYC event of the year.
Members of SCA's Veterans Fire Corps Lead the Effort to Restore Fragile Desert Habitat
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, November 10, 2014
Over 90 SCA volunteers gathered at Rio Salado Habitat in Phoenix on November 8th to honor Veterans Day with hands-on service to America’s public lands.
Do these 5 things to make your photos stand out
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Friday is the very last day to enter the 2014 Got Dirt? Photo Contest, which means on Saturday… judging begins. We usually end up with a few thousand entries, so if you’re hoping to win, you better do all that you can to make your photos stand out.
Here are 5...
SCA ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Increase Accessibility to the Waterfront
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
SCA kicked off the second year of ConSERVE NYC by bringing 92 volunteers to Jamaica Bay to continue work on a new wheelchair-accessible trail from the Visitor Center to the waterfront.
Trails and Hiking
Barbara Baird and Chuck Haggard
Posted by Staff | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
When asked what first inspired her interest in nature, award-winning wildlife photographer, Barbara Baird, said it was the ﬂash of blue from an eastern bluebird. As a young girl, Barbara’s parents often took her family to visit parks just outside of Chicago, and it was on one of these trips...
Employees & families clear storm damage at Millwood State Park
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, October 15, 2014
On October 4th, SCA teamed up with national supporter Domtar to renovate campgrounds and clear storm debris at Millwood State Park in Ashdown, Arkansas.
Volunteers Gather for Historic Restoration on Governors Island
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
SCA celebrated the one-year anniversary of ConSERVE NYC by bringing together 100 volunteers for historic restoration at Governors Island National Monument.
Interior Sec. Jewell Joins SCA & AmeriCorps for a 9/11 Service Project in D.C.
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, September 12, 2014
Alongside SCA President Jaime Matyas, AmeriCorps Director Bill Basl, and George Washington Memorial Parkway Superintendent Alex Romero, Secretary Jewell led 125 SCA and AmeriCorps volunteers in an hours long effort to restore a stretch of Potomac River shoreline located just outside of Washington, DC.
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