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.

50 West Monroe Partners Volunteers Join SCA to Restore Discovery Park

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, September 16, 2015

On the 9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance, SCA teamed up with West Monroe Partners and Seattle Parks & Recreation to restore trails in Seattle’s Discovery Park. More than 50 West Monroe Partners employees spent the morning tackling challenging trail projects including installing culverts, resurfacing eroded trails, and constructing a stone staircase -– work that will help fortify trails throughout the park.

Do these 5 things to make your photos stand out

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, September 14, 2015

Monday 9/21 is the very last day to enter the summer 2015 Capture Conservation Photo Contest, which means on Tuesday… judging begins. We usually end up with a few thousand entries, so if you’re hoping to win grand prize (a round-trip flight for two!), you better do all that you can to make your photos stand out.

Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

400 Volunteers Come Together for Find Your Park Days of Service in NYC & DC

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, September 14, 2015

Through the support of American Express, SCA brought together almost 400 volunteers this weekend to mark the 9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance with #FindYourPark Day of Service Events in New York City and Washington, DC.

Coasts & Water, Diversity, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

SCA Intern Kaiti Chritz Photographs Grizzlies on Coast of Katmai

Posted by Kaitlyn Chritz | Friday, September 11, 2015

Climbing out of my tent at 5:30 a.m. revealed an absolutely stunning morning. The water-striped mud flats of the low tide in Hallo Bay reflected the morning sun and silhouetted clamming...

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Climate, Coasts & Water, Parks, People, Science

SCA Intern Kaitlyn Chritz Photographs Grizzlies for the Changing Tides Project

Posted by Kaitlyn Chritz | Thursday, September 10, 2015

Before this summer, I had never laid eyes on a brown bear.

I’m not sure how many people actually get to experience the feeling of living their dream at 22 years old, but personally I can tell you that it’s an overwhelming surge of surreal moments. My...

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Climate, Coasts & Water, Parks, People, Science

With the Junior Rangers in Rock Creek Park

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
SCA Junior Ranger Intern Aurelia Casey works with children near Rock Creek Park, Washington DC

Aurelia Casey’s extensive SCA portfolio includes a Hurricane Sandy recovery crew, an internship with Hudson River Park, and numerous ConSERVE NYC projects. This summer, she was a Junior Ranger intern at Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC as part of SCA’s NPS Academy.

Four straight years of SCA – how did...

Education, Kids, Parks

Photos from a great day of weeding and mulching

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, September 1, 2015
SCA Crewmembers in Chicago help clean up Hegewisch Marsh

SCA’s expanded 2015 Chicago program included more than 125 members – including many underserved teens – who protected city parks, restored habitats at nearby Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and provided free environmental education to thousands of local school children through SCA’s Urban Tree House. This Chicagoland program expansion was made...

Diversity, Parks, Wetlands

Solarize Hudson Valley Interns Spread Sustainable Energy in a New Initiative

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, August 31, 2015

SCA members are increasing sustainability across New York’s Hudson Valley region — one solar installation at a time.

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110+ exotic plant species in Southeast Alaska

Posted by Staff | Monday, August 31, 2015
SCA Exotic Plant Management Team Intern Kevin Hauser teaches youth about invasive plant, bladder campion (Silene vulgaris) at Skagway's 7th Annual Community Weed Pull.

by Kevin Hauser

Sometimes, when you least expect it, doors that you never knew existed can open right in front of you. 

It was one of our first hikes of the season. I had just made it to Skagway, Alaska for my internship with SCA, and some friends and I wanted to...

Education, Endangered Species, Science, Sustainability

Perhaps this Yellowstone Visitor Should Have Just Gone to the Zoo

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, August 28, 2015

If this Yellowstone National Park comment card were a Yelp review, the headline might read, “One star. Poorly trained bears.”

Apparently a park visitor recently left the following feedback at the lodge where they stayed while visiting the park, as evidenced by the photo below:

“Our visit was wonderful, but we never...

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, History, Parks

Ayomide Sekiteri on how she found her park

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, August 26, 2015

“If it was based solely on statistics, I shouldn’t be standing here. I shouldn’t be here talking to you about our National Parks because I am not your typical national park visitor. The typical visitor is over the age of 50 and white. As you can see…that’s not me.I am 22, African-American, the daughter of two Nigerian-born and raised parents - Making me 1st generation American. No, I am not the typical National Park visitor.”

Adventures, Diversity, Parks, People

Wishing NPS a Happy 99th Birthday on the National Mall

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, August 26, 2015

by Kyle Yarusso

What do you do for a good friend for their birthday? Throw them a party, of course!

SCA has been a close friend and partner of the National Park Service (NPS) for almost 60 years. And so, like a good friend, SCA, along with American...

Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Centennial Volunteer Ambassador Courtney Butler

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, August 25, 2015
SCA Cape Cod Crew working at the National Seashore

This July, eight anxious, nervous, and excited high school students arrived here at Cape Cod National Seashore. They, along with their two crew leaders, were selected to be part of an SCA National Crew – and they were lucky enough to spend their time and energy here at the beautiful...

Coasts & Water, People, Science, Sustainability, Trails and Hiking

Elusive Avocets Teach What it Takes to Become a Wildlife Biologist

Posted by Sara Prussing | Monday, August 17, 2015

“I hop out of the truck, net in hand and wader boots pounding the ground. The chicks scatter in different directions to thwart me, but my attention is entirely focused on the farthest of the three. It runs freely above the sulfurous mud, and I follow with a galumphing stride. I start to close the gap and reach out my net, closer, closer… SCHLUMP!”

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Endangered Species, People, Wetlands

Coming Together to Save a Beloved Butterfly

Posted by Elizabeth Braatz | Monday, August 17, 2015

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Animals & Wildlife, Climate, Diversity, Endangered Species, People, Volunteer Opportunities

SCA Intern Jessica Zamudio's job at Yosemite was to Photograph the Stunning Landscape

Posted by Jessica Zamudio | Monday, August 17, 2015

“While the towering granite mountains and amazing waterfalls and rivers were like nothing I’ve ever seen, I personally got an unexpected and wonderful amount of gratification and fulfillment from working with the youth programs in the park.”

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Diversity, Education, Parks, People

The Santa Fe Trail: Untamed But Not Untrammeled

Posted by Noah M Schlager | Thursday, August 13, 2015

“It is our job as modern conservationists to see the wildness we so value in all places and peoples.”

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Education, History, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking

An internship is like a cheese curd for SCA's Ariel Lepito

Posted by Ariel Lepito | Tuesday, August 11, 2015

“Starting off my summer with the FWS was, hear me out on this, sort of like biting into a cheese curd for the first time. I’ve had jobs (and cheese) before, and on paper I knew I would enjoy it.”

Education, Kids, Wetlands

“The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.”

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, August 5, 2015
wildflowers and rainbow at Big Cypress National Preserve. Photo courtesy of BigCypressNPS
by Joshua Kezar, Centennial Volunteer Ambasssador, Big Cypress National Preserve

I ate breakfast this morning on my screened porch overlooking a small pond behind my building.  As I blindly and repeatedly stuck my right hand down toward the bottom of the bag of powdered donuts in my lap, gazing out at...

A Buck Island National Monument Photo Update from Justin Kemp

Posted by Justin Kemp | Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Justin Kemp helps the National Park Service collect field data on endangered sea turtles as an SCA Sea Turtle Intern at Buck Island National Monument. When he’s not sleeping the very odd hours required by night patrol duty (most sea turtle nesting activity takes place under cover of darkness) he spends his free time exploring (and snapping photos of) his temporary island home and its tropical environs.

Check out these photos from his latest adventures.

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Endangered Species, Parks, People

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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.

Read about the women and men who helped build America’s oldest and largest youth conservation service organization 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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Ann Pedtke
New York City
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Joseph Thurston
Washington, DC
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Alumni Stories

Where will SCA take you?

Todd Nelson is the volunteer coordinator at Grand Canyon National Park. We asked him about his career, the National Park...
SCA alum Lauren Ray, aka the Rapping Ranger, has written and performed hip hop odes to each park that she's worked at, starting with Arches National Park where she served as an SCA Intern.
SCA alum Lauren Ray reveals how her SCA internship with the National Park Service helped her discover her public-lands-loving hip hop alter ego, the Rapping Ranger.

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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