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.

2 SCA Interns, 161 Whale Bones, & 5,922 Miles

Google will tell you that 2,961 miles lay between Glacier Bay National Park and Seal Cove, Maine, but it will not give you directions from one to the other. Remarkably, this lack of Googleable routes did not prevent a 3,729 lb whale skeleton from...

by Marinell Chandler

This post originally appeared on Denali National Park’s Runnin’ With the Kennels blog. Above photo: 2014 SCA Summer Kennel Interns, Kelly Bell and Marinell Chandler

Founded in 1957 in response to an overwhelming need to take care of our nation’s national parks, the Student Conservation Association strives to build...

80 Volunteers Continue Storm Recovery on Manhattan's East Side

On the morning of June 10th, over 80 employee volunteers from SCA’s national partner American Eagle Outfitters gathered on Manhattan’s Lower East Side to restore East River Park as part of the #AEOBetterWorld initiative. 

East River Park — a 57-acre oasis of green between the FDR highway and the East River,...

SCA 1957 – Olympic National Park

Yellowstone National Park contains more than 1,100 miles of trail and among the most impressive is the one blazed by Dr. Mary Meagher. A first-year SCA alumna (Olympic NP, ‘57), Mary is widely credited with paving the way for women scientists in the park service. “Agencies did not hire women at that time, at least with my training and interests,” she says. “That’s just how things were.”

SCA 1957 – Olympic National Park

The diary of the first-ever SCA crew tells of “15 young woodsmen” who built a new trail along the Elwha River in Olympic National Park, “swapped yarns” and vied in “glissading marathons” in their off-time. Then 16-year old Eliot Putnam started his journal exactly 57 years ago today. Eliot would go on to travel the world with the Peace Corps, CARE, Pathfinder International and the National Council for International Health (where he served as president) promoting family and reproductive health programs in developing countries.

Celebrating the Re-Opening of the Washington Monument

The Washington Monument reopened recently, following 2 years and $15M worth of repairs after damage sustained during a 2012 earthquake. The Department of Interior and the National Park Service celebrated the occasion with a ceremony on the National Mall, MC’d by ...

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June is THE month to get outside!

OK, sure, at SCA we believe in getting outside every day all year round, but if for some odd reason you could only pick one month to embrace the great outdoors, June would have to be it!

Why, you ask?...

by Eric Magnus

Eric here with a look back at the last leg of the “CONSERVATION ROCK TOUR ALL STAR GREAT AMERICAN ROAD TRIP ECO-FRIENDAPOLOZA ‘14” that Dan and I have been immersed in for the past month, otherwise known as Reverb and L.L. Bean’s Campus Consciousness Tour.

After a week-long jaunt through the...

ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Continue a Legacy of Service at Floyd Bennett Field

At May’s ConSERVE NYC event, over 50 SCA volunteers took to the beachfront to continue the storm recovery process by removing 1500 pounds of debris from Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.

by Eric Magnus

Daniel Penzi of the SCA Reverb Tour Crew models an assortment of L.L. Bean gear stuffs

After a short break we’re back on the road with the Reverb Campus Consciousness Tour, hitting 6 schools in 7 days and covering nearly 2000 miles!

Needless to say, we’ve already had plenty of time on the highway to contemplate the...

150 Volunteers Restore Dallas's Trinity River Corridor

Earlier this spring, SCA teamed up with national supporter Southwest Airlines for Message to the Field — a series of service events bringing together Southwest employees, friends, and family to beautify communities across the nation. As a culmination of this spring service campaign, SCA and Southwest joined up on...

by Jean Bartholomew

On Saturday, rain and clouds gave way to sunny, warm weather for our final “Heart This City” service event in Point State Park. 80 volunteers from across Pittsburgh turned up to join AEO and SCA volunteers. It was exciting to see groups from Pittsburgh Cares, Pitt, CMU, Duquesne,...

by Jean Bartholomew

Service at The Point in Pittsburgh with American Eagle Outfitters.
I heart the rolling hills. I heart the rivers. I heart the bridges. I heart the Steelers. I truly heart this tough little city.
 
Yep, you guessed it! We have finally arrived in Pittsburgh, the City of Champions. I will refrain from using this blog as a platform to...

ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Plant 2000 Seedlings at Hudson River Park

Earth Day NYC 2014: Hudson River Park

An army of blue-clad Conservation Rock Stars stormed Hudson River Park on Saturday, celebrating Earth Day with hands-on service at April’s ConSERVE NYC event.

by Stacy Stone

What a great day for a service project in the Crescent City! Bad weather forced us to reschedule the project earlier this month, so we were ecstatic to be back in New Orleans, this time with sunshine and clear blue skies. The weather was a great indicator of how we’d...

SCA 2009 Shenandoah National Park

Since a 2009 SCA internship at Shenandoah National Park, Don Macänlalay has gone on to do social media for The Nature Conservancy, the largest environmental nonprofit in America, and one of the most trusted. He began at their national headquarters in Arlington, VA , focused on Tumblr and Instagram, but soon moved on to managing all social media for their Washington state office in Seattle.

by Eric Magnus

As we arrived in Miami, the balmy night air breezing in through our rental car made this much clear: our winter was over. Where Dan and I live in New York City, this year’s relentlessly cold weather made Spring seem like a distant dream, even in the second...

Over 50 Volunteers, a Butterfly Garden + One Amazing Mural

This Saturday Chicago showed us what it means to HeART This City! Over 50 volunteers gathered at Our Lady of Tepeyac School to spruce up the playground and finish an amazing mural by street artist Nina Palomba. We teamed up with local SCA leaders and staff and spent the morning with volunteers painting, mulching, and planting a butterfly garden in the school’s playground.

Great ways to celebrate Earth Day can include a walk in the park, attending a local Earth Day event, or even starting a local garden.  However, to long-time SCA supporters, John and Patricia Case, every day is Earth Day. 

Where conservation is concerned, John and Patricia feel strongly that, “People have...

by Jean Bartholomew

We made it to the Windy City! This week, I arrived with the stellar “HeART this City” team and immediately set to prepping for Saturday’s event. Chicago has been warm and sunny, much to my surprise. Spring in this city is significantly nicer than I expected!

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“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.
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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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