...and we interviewed the Park Ranger who created them
When Gavin Gardner submitted a set of three national park vignettes to the LEGO Ideas website last spring, he was hardly prepared for the huge and overwhelmingly positive response he got.
Now Gardner’s idea for a set of LEGOs that celebrates America’s national parks has gotten the 10,000 votes it needed...
Adventures, Career Success, Kids, Parks, People
Climate-Focused Intern Makes her Mark
Can a college senior turn back the clock on climate change? No, but Christie Merino did help a national park revamp its entire climate game plan.
Climate, Parks, People, Science, Sustainability
1970s SCA Alumna, 1980s Pro Tennis Star
Posted by Staff | Thursday, February 11, 2016
“I liked the fact that, early on, SCA was committed to offering outdoor experiences to a diverse mix of people, and I loved the idea of other girls from all across the country working together toward common goal.”
Career Success, Diversity, History, People
This Presidents Day, get the inside scoop on presidential history from SCA members at the source!
From Abe Lincoln’s birthplace in Kentucky to the White House in DC, SCA members help to interpret the legacies of US Presidents at National Parks and Historic Sites all over the country. Along the way, they’ve picked up some unexpected presidential stories and gained a new view of the nation’s...
History, Parks, People
Posted by Staff | Friday, February 5, 2016
SCA alumna Sarah Calhoun (SCA 2002, ’03, ‘04) – the founder of Red Ants Pants, a specialty line of women’s workwear – was recently featured in The Huﬃngton Post and on Silicon Valley start-up expert Steve Blank’s popular podcast. In each, Sarah shares her story of...
Bond Over a Mutual Love for the Great Outdoors
Next time you’re planning to spend some quality moments with a loved one, whether it’s a longtime sweetheart, an old friend, or somebody you’re just getting to know, take it outside and make it a hike!
SCA's Claire Ellwanger contributes to the science that will help save this legendary flower
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, Claire Ellwanger checks...
Education, Endangered Species, People, Science
SCA's new Chicago program has engaged more than 2,000 school children
Posted by Staff | Tuesday, February 2, 2016
For a child, few places pack the wonder of a tree house. A tree house spurs recreation, observation and imagination. As the youngster climbs, the mind soars and even the stars seem within reach.
Last fall, SCA brought its Urban Tree House to Chicagoland. A unique environmental education curriculum, the Urban...
Education, Kids, Sustainability
Earthsavers of the Month
“We aim to inspire the next generation to view service as part of their lives. Service has given us purpose and we want to keep that going.”
People, Volunteer Opportunities
Excelsior AmeriCorps Members Look Ahead to a Year of Service Across New York State
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the launch of New York State’s Excelsior Conservation Corps, a new statewide AmeriCorps environmental education and stewardship program managed by SCA. AmeriCorps members enrolled in the program will perform meaningful and lasting environmental projects across New York State while gaining hands-on experience...
Career Success, Parks, People
We catch up with the Secretary at our MLK Find Your Park Day of Service
Posted by Staff | Thursday, January 21, 2016
For the second year in a row, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell spent her Martin Luther King Day serving with SCA alongside hundreds of community volunteers in Washington DC’s Anacostia Park. After a busy morning of picking up litter and cutting down invasive plants, she was nice enough to...
600+ Volunteers Join SCA's Find Your Park Day of Service
In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service, SCA rallied 604 volunteers in Washington, DC for our largest service event to date. The Find Your Park Day of Service event, sponsored by American Express, is one of many that SCA will organize over the next year in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial.
Coasts & Water, Parks, Volunteer Opportunities
350 Volunteers Restore Urban Beaches at Find Your Park Day of Service
In honor of the MLK National Day of Service, SCA brought together 350 volunteers this weekend at Gateway National Recreation Area in New York City. The event was the first Find Your Park Day of Service of 2016, as SCA and American Express team up to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial.
Coasts & Water, Parks, Volunteer Opportunities
SCA Alum Roland Richardson's remarks at the MLK Day of Service in DC
Posted by Staff | Monday, January 18, 2016
SCA and American Express gathered over 600 volunteers on Monday at Anacostia Park in Southeast DC, to celebrate the Dr. King holiday through a morning of service. Among those 600 volunteers, was SCA Alum Roland Richardson (pictured above, second from right), who joined Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and...
Reflections from the MLK National Historic Site in Atlanta, GA
Posted by Staff | Thursday, January 14, 2016
By Camille Vincent, SCA Centennial Volunteer Ambassador at the MLK National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia.
Growing up in the South, including four years at Spelman College, a historically Black school in Atlanta, I felt the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. as ever-present. The “I Have a Dream” speech on...
Board member Ernest C. Wong on how SCA can help bring diversity to our parks
Posted by Staff | Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Look around a national park and you may see brown bears, blue herons, or Redwood trees.
But you’re less likely to see any people of color. Statistically, 80% of park visitors are white as are park staffs, even as projections show whites will be in the minority within 30 years.
Career Success, Diversity, Parks
Posted by Staff | Friday, January 8, 2016
For many, Monarch butterﬂies are magical. Yet their numbers are falling dramatically. But SCA interns from Dallas to Des Moines and Denver have a few tricks up their sleeve and are determined to extend the Monarch’s reign.
Endangered Species, People, Science, Sustainability
Thank you for supporting the Student Conservation Association
Posted by Staff | Wednesday, December 30, 2015
SCA members make a significant difference in our national parks, forests, and community green spaces across the country. As we enter 2016, America needs more strong young leaders – leaders with conservation values who are equipped to succeed in an increasingly complex world. SCA programs instill the skills and self-confidence...
Posted by Staff | Wednesday, December 16, 2015
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 2015, odds are some of it’ll take place… on the internet. Here are three ways to support SCA (and therefore the future of conservation) just...
SCA Centennial Volunteer Ambassador Jacob Breslin Considers Why Parks Need Year-Round Advocates
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, December 10, 2015
“This year, as the funding deadline approached, the stress in our oﬃce was palpable.”