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.

Do these 5 things to make your photos stand out

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

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.

Barbara Baird and Chuck Haggard

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

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

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.

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.

Earthsaver of the Month

Imran Khan, an SCA volunteer, serving during Earth Day 2015 at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, New Yorlk

“If I can help to make my peers aware of environmental issues and encourage them to get involved, I can expand our generation’s impact far into the future.”

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and SCA Commemorate the Wilderness Act

Where to begin? How many 22 year-old lumberjacks can say that they have cut down a blowdown with a congressman, the Secretary of the Interior, President of the Wilderness Society and the Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service? My head is inflating just thinking about it. But after...

Following Successful Events in Tennessee and Quebec

On August 23rd, SCA teamed up with national supporter Domtar to refurbish a community skating rink and playground in Nekoosa, Wisconsin. Since 2012, Domtar has supported SCA’s urban initiatives for youth in cities across the country. SCA crew leaders from New York City, just finished with a season of fieldwork helping urban parks recover from Hurricane Sandy, were excited to travel to Wisconsin to help facilitate the project — and share stories of their work with urban youth.

Emily Bowles Reflects on Her Experience Preparing Great Swamp NWR to Host the Wilderness Act's 50th Anniversary Celebration

In the most famous passage of the Wilderness Act, writer Howard Zahniser defines wilderness beautifully and concisely: “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by...

SCA Member Jeffrey Sommer on Rescuing Hatchlings from Hungry Raccoons

Hungry predators are determined to get a good meal, even if it isn’t easy. Plenty of our screened nests see attempted predation by raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, and ghost crabs. Luckily the seashores boar population hasn’t gotten involved in this trend, as a boar could easily shred through...

SCA Member Marinell Chandler Reveals the Wilderness Act-Related Name of Denali's Latest Puppy

As of today, our new puppy is over two weeks old. His eyes have opened, and he is growing very quickly from the little pup that could fit in my one hand to one that is starting to toddle around the floor of his pen. From day one after...

Preparing Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge to Celebrate 50 Years of Wilderness

When William Bradford hopped off of the Mayflower and onto Plymouth Rock, he described the landscape that lay before him as a “hideous and desolate wilderness.” Wilderness, in 1620, was not a scarce resource to be protected and treasured. It was scary and empty, a wasted space awaiting the day...

ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Clear Invasives at New York's "South Pole"

ConSERVE NYC events have taken our volunteers as far north as Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx, as far west as Hudson River Park in Manhattan, and as far east as Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing. On August 16th, our volunteers traveled to the southern-most point of New York to serve at Conference House Park on Staten Island.

SCA Intern Jacob Cravens Feels Out the Perfect Interpretive Talk for Capitol Reef National Park

How do you make a person feel a connection with the natural world so that they want to conserve it? In my last blog I...

SCA Member Amosh Neupane Refuses to Be Sad Even Though the Best Summer Ever Is Ending

While loading the hard hats into our van at Floyd Bennett Field, I heard someone ask, “Why are we taking these hats with us to the ceremony?” Someone behind me replied, “Maybe these are our graduation caps.” And it was then that it dawned on me: there would...

SCA Intern Jeffrey Sommer Keeps Tabs on the Hatchlings at Canaveral National Seashore

Turtle Conservation isn’t all starlit, beachside fun and games folks. In fact a good chunk of the work I do keeping sea turtles off the extinction list happens inside the library of Canaveral National Seashore headquarters. In order to prove that sea turtle conservation is working and worthwhile,...

SCA Intern Marinell Chandler Welcomes the Season's 1st Puppy at Denali's Sled Dog Kennels

The next generation of Denali’s wilderness protectors has arrived!

This past week, the kennels became a whir of activity preparing for – and finally, celebrating – the arrival of Sylvie’s due date. Late at night on August 9th Sylvie 

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Field Blogger Jacob Cravens finds hope in connecting visitors to nature at Capitol Reef National Park

    What good can I do? I’m only one person in my twenties. What can I do when the environmental crisis is so big and the obstacles so large? Multinationals make billions of dollars causing damage to the environment and billions of people use their products. I have...

A Day in the Life of an SCA Cape Canaveral Sea Turtle Intern by Caroline Woodward

Hey y’all!

I would say a lot has happened in the past week, but really something different happens every day. No two service days are the same, and we are eating it up more than the mosquitoes are eating us up (which is a considerable amount; they...

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Our 2015 Summer Roadtrip takes you to amazing places and member stories around the country.

75000 Members have served with SCA

Over 75,000 women and men have served with SCA - read some of their stories here.

Read about the women and men who helped build America’s oldest and largest youth conservation service organization here

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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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Staff Bloggers

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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