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.

SCA Ed Intern Grace Worm on Traveling the Nation for Education

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, March 10, 2015
SCA member Grace Worm with co-Travelers

Last summer, Grace Worm, currently an SCA Education Intern and AmeriCorps member, traveled the US in a green RV for Roadtrip Nation and spoke with a educators about what it means to be a teacher. That is what led her to SCA.

The Key Largo Woodrat is almost extinct. SCA member Chris Burgess is trying to change that.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, March 9, 2015
SCA Intern Chris Burgess is helping pull back the Key Largo woodrat from the brink of extinction

Humans have been blamed for the demise of myriad creatures…so imagine helping to pull one back from the brink of extinction.

The Key Largo woodrat has a gray-brown back, a white belly, and measures 14 inches from nose to tail. “They’re kind of cute,” states SCA intern...

Animals & Wildlife, Endangered Species

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Marty Talbot, Scott Warthin, Liz Putnam discuss their work with SCA

Marty Talbot’s conservation credentials are seemingly endless: she’s an award-winning biologist, an accomplished author, and her pioneering research has spanned more than 50 years and 60 countries. Marty is also co-founder of SCA.

Career Success, History

Happy Birthday to the Grandest of All Canyon-Centric Parks!

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, February 26, 2015

Theodore Roosevelt was a grand man known for grand gestures, thus it should be no surprise that he loved—LOVED—the Grand Canyon. When he visited it in 1903, making him the first president to do so, his reaction was, well… grand. “The Grand Canyon fills me with awe....

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, History, Parks

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Thursday, February 26, 2015

February 1, 2015

I am sitting on a tree swing suspended by purple rope next to the frozen Hallockville  pond. The wind is rushing through the tree branches high above me and blowing up whorls of snow flurries that have come to rest atop the pond. The sun is out and the...

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Danger Six Special Operations

Operation Save Boston

Mission Report


17 February 2015

0800 Electronic mail received from Melissa Patterson containing call to service.

0801 Daniel Dobrosielski, Emily Palmer, Nathan Salle, and Sophie Stern respond via electronic mail to service call.

Mission Leaders James Sims and Zach Colatch.

1600 Melissa Patterson sends electronic mail with mission details....

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Driving into the city of Boston for the first time on Wednesday reminded me of all of wonderful the commuter traffic, which I left in DC to go live in Western Massachusetts to serve with SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps. It felt a little bit like home for the...

6 members of SCA's Massachusetts AmeriCorps Program help Bostonians get out from under 7 ft of snow

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Danger Six, a “Special Operations Unit” composed of SCA Massachusetts Americorps members and staff, traveled to the city of Boston to aid in snow removal efforts. For three days and two nights, the unit cleared snow and received positive encouragement from many Bostonians. Although their service in Boston is...

Climate, Volunteer Opportunities

Where tech & nature intersect, SCA Member Rachelle Hedges sees the future of conservation

Posted by Rachelle Hedges | Monday, February 23, 2015

I had just witnessed first-hand that using technology and spending time outdoors is not an either/or proposition. One does not inherently exclude or lessen the value of the other, and just because we have a generation that loves their phones, doesn’t mean we won’t have a generation of conservationists too. I believe the marrying of technology and nature will help to better both, making each more valuable, more accessible and healthier. And I believe that students like the ones I worked with today will be the driving force behind this marriage for many years to come.


SCA Member Sarika Khanwilkar feels inspired after making a Gopher Tortoise's day

Posted by Sarika Khanwilkar | Monday, February 23, 2015

I was picking up trash the other day on the West edge of Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, where old pizza boxes, beer cans, plastic bags and other miscellaneous, unidentifiable objects are scattered across the landscape. Most of this litter is cast from cars zipping by...

Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Forests

Posted by Staff | Monday, February 23, 2015
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 Coldwater River National Wildlife Refuge in Lambert, Mississippi, netting and banding them by the dozen. 

“Getting one of those little silver bands on is not easy,” Stacey declares. “The ducks  start...

Animals & Wildlife, Career Success, Diversity, Education, Endangered Species, Wetlands

Steph Jeffries supports SCA because it helps students identify their life's work

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Today Steph Jeffries is a professor in the Forestry and Environmental Resources Department at North Carolina State University. In the summer of 1992, she was an SCA intern at Chugach National Forest in Alaska. 

Her recent book, Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests, gives readers rich, ecological insights into 30 different popular...

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Education, Forests, Parks, Science, Trails and Hiking

Posted by Staff | Friday, February 13, 2015
Davon Goodwin, SCA Alum at work with the Veterans Fire Corps

Davon Goodwin had already made a range of contributions – and sacrifices – before he joined SCA. An Army veteran, he’d pulled extended tours of Iraq and Afghanistan; in the latter, an improvised explosive device fired shrapnel into his brain and shattered two vertebrae.  Davon says recovering from his wounds...

Career Success, Education, Forests, Kids, Wildfires

SCA Intern Marlisa Jemison on Electrofishing with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, February 12, 2015
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.
It’s our great pride and...
Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Education

Inspired by SCA service, Quincy Swatson is bringing opportunity to his Pittsburgh neigborhood

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, February 12, 2015

Growing up in Pittsburgh’s troubled Manchester neighborhood in the 1990s, Quincy Kofi Swatson thought most of his doors were closed. “It was a homogenously poor neighborhood,” he says, “and homogenously of one race, and you’d get caught up in the mindset that everyone is in the same situation and there...

Animals & Wildlife, Career Success, Coasts & Water, Education, Kids, Volunteer Opportunities

What's it like to be a conservationist working in Geospatial Information Systems? SCA's Rachelle Hedges describes a typical day.

Posted by Rachelle Hedges | Thursday, February 12, 2015

Well, I really left you hanging last time, didn’t I? I got you all excited about GIS and the amazing things it can do, but I never told you what you would do if you worked in GIS. So, what does a day in the life...

Education, Parks, Science

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Here at SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps, our teaching season is in full swing. I and many of my fellow corps members find ourselves teaching all kinds of science lessons in elementary schools, from electricity and magnetism, light and sound, to animal adaptations, or composting. When I first started teaching in my...

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Wednesday, February 11, 2015

January is always misconstrued as something boring, dead, and lifeless, and… and dull… something along those lines. For anyone who believes this, I invite you to visit Hawley. One needs only to awake at dawn and take a walk around the pond to see life everywhere. You see miniscule mouse...

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Wednesday, February 11, 2015

As a result of comfort and familiarity, and also attachment and ownership, I’d say your second visit someplace, or your third or fourth and so on, always looks very different from the first time you see a new place. After flying over eight states and driving through two more, I...

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Wednesday, February 11, 2015

After a refreshing winter holiday filled with sickness and catching up with my family, I am excited to get back to Hawley. It’s expected to snow the day I arrive and I feel as if this is a good omen for the next month and a half. I’m looking forward...


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

Meet some of the amazing women who blazed a trail with SCA

Member Bloggers

Rachelle Hedges
San Mateo County Parks
See Posts by Rachelle Hedges
Sarika Khanwilkar
Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge
See Posts by Sarika Khanwilkar
Elizabeth Braatz
St. Croix Wetland Management District
See Posts by Elizabeth Braatz
Noah M Schlager
National Trails Intermountain Region
See Posts by Noah M Schlager
Dakota McCoy
Yosemite National Park
See Posts by Dakota McCoy
Ariel Lepito
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
See Posts by Ariel Lepito
Jessica Zamudio
Yosemite National Park
See Posts by Jessica Zamudio

Staff Bloggers

Ann Pedtke
New York City
See posts by Ann Pedtke
Joseph Thurston
Washington, DC
See posts by Joseph Thurston

Alumni Stories

Where will SCA take you?

SCA Alum Parker Davis seen in his Crew days at Mount Rainer in 2010 and at his college graduation this year.
Parker Davis is a four-time alumnus of SCA’s Seattle community crew program. When an SCA staff member saw the announcement...
“Something different” is what Jessica Aronson Cook was looking for when she first joined the Student Conservation Association (SCA) as...

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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