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 ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Brave Wintry Weather to Restore NYC Beaches

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, December 8, 2014

SCA ConSERVE NYC volunteers aren’t scared of a little rain! This weekend, 50 dedicated volunteers gathered at Jacob Riis Park in Queens, braving intermittent showers and near-freezing temperatures to help restore one of New York City’s most beloved beaches.

A Challenge from Student Conservation Association & Southwest Airlines

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
GivingTuesday: the Student Conservation Association are dedicating this day for giving back.


Thank you for helping us reach our #GIVINGTUESDAY goal! Without your help we couldn’t have done it. You can still help us reach our Year-End Goal — Every gift before December 31st will be matched. Please give today so we can continue to do this...

A Message from SCA President and CEO Jaime Matyas

Posted by Staff | Friday, November 21, 2014
Student Conservation Association's Community Crews like this one in Camden NJ, bring environmental stewardship to underserved communities

As we prepare to give thanks with friends and family, I want to express my gratitude for your ongoing support of SCA volunteers. Your generosity allows SCA volunteers to impact every corner of our country…two in particular come to mind today.

Camden, New Jersey is no national park. It’s been cited...

"There are positive things happening here"

Posted by Staff | Friday, November 21, 2014
Student Conservation Association's Community Crews like this one in Camden NJ, bring environmental stewardship to underserved communities

Be honest: when you think of Camden, New Jersey, a certain image comes to mind – and it probably doesn’t include local teens cultivating a community garden.

But had you visited the Beckett Street Urban Farm last summer, you would have seen teams of SCA members raising peppers, cucumbers, kale and...

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, November 19, 2014

At the SCA Alumni Council retreat in Charlestown NH, members reflect on what’s important to them at this time of year. Read more about the great work the Alumni Council does here

Volunteers Continue Sandy Recovery on Manhattan's Lower East Side

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, November 17, 2014

On November 15th, over 40 employee volunteers from SCA’s partner MUFG Union Bank gathered on Manhattan’s Lower East Side to restore East River Park as part of MUFG’s National Employee Volunteer Month.

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


Go easy on the planet this Thanksgiving with these Eco-friendly turkey ideas

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Sunday, November 16, 2014

As you’re tallying up all the various stuff you have to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, take a moment to recall that without Earth and its delicately-balanced ecosystems, we wouldn’t have any of the things we need to survive. No planet, no nature, no life, right?

One way...

If these 3 photos don't inspire you to protect nature, you'd better check your pulse

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Sunday, November 16, 2014

You made it tough with so many inspiring entries (over 3000 total!), but somehow we managed to choose 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners for the 2014 Got Dirt? Photo Contest.

If these three images don’t inspire you to get up and do something to protect nature, please, for your own...

by Rachel Snodgrass, SCA Intern at Cape Lookout National Seashore

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Open Spaces, the official blog of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is now featuring monthly posts by Student Conservation Association interns working to promote, protect, and study wildlife on public lands all over the United States. This is the first post in the series, written by Rachel Snodgrass,...

AmeriCorps Director Bill Basl Joins SCA to Restore Fort Mahan Park

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, November 11, 2014

National AmeriCorps Director Bill Basl joined 65 SCA volunteers on 11/11 at Fort Mahan Park to honor Veterans Day through service.

You need to shop for the holidays. SCA needs your help building the next generation of Conservation Leaders...

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, November 10, 2014

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 2014, odds are some of it’ll take place… on the internet.

Here are a couple ways to support SCA (and therefore the future of...

SCA ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Restore Manhattan's Freshwater Wetlands

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, November 10, 2014

SCA honored Veterans Day through service in NYC by bringing 116 volunteers to Randall’s Island for our second-largest ConSERVE NYC event of the year.

Members of SCA's Veterans Fire Corps Lead the Effort to Restore Fragile Desert Habitat

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, November 10, 2014

Over 90 SCA volunteers gathered at Rio Salado Habitat in Phoenix on November 8th to honor Veterans Day with hands-on service to America’s public lands.

SCA ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Increase Accessibility to the Waterfront

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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.

Trails and Hiking

Celebrating SCA Members' Work on Public Lands

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The United States Department of the Interior (DOI) has over 360,000 followers on Instagram, and all this week that gargantuan community of public lands enthusiasts will be seeing (and “liking”) photos taken by SCA members!

DOI (@usinterior) has made it a priority to connect young Americans of all...

Barbara Baird and Chuck Haggard

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, October 15, 2014

On October 4th, SCA teamed up with national supporter Domtar to renovate campgrounds and clear storm debris at Millwood State Park in Ashdown, Arkansas.

Generations of conservation leaders

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, October 8, 2014
An SCA High School Crew in Denail National Park 2010

Throughout the Summer of 2014, we saluted the extraordinary achievements and ongoing commitment to our natural world of our nearly 80,000 alumni, and we are grateful to all who shared their conservation stories, memories and inspiring words. If you’re an SCA alum with a tale to tell, send us an email.

SCA 1964, Olympic National Park

Posted by Staff | Friday, October 3, 2014

Ed Bartlett’s history with SCA goes back to 1964, when he served on a crew in Olympic National Park. A private investor who lives full time Chevy Chase, MD, we recently visited Ed and his wife Mary at their summer home in Damariscotta, ME, where he introduced us to another member of the family who, like Ed, is a dedicated steward of our environment.

SCA 1993, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, AK

Posted by Staff | Friday, October 3, 2014

No matter how many good days you’ve enjoyed, it’s doubtful you’ve been on top of the world as often as Eric Larsen. The arctic explorer and Minnesota native has trekked numerous times to both the North and South Poles to raise awareness of climate change, and in 2010 Eric reached both poles plus the summit of Mount Everest within a 365 period.


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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