Valentine’s Day is typically full of candies, heart shaped boxes, and pink and red decorations. For our CLC leaders though we felt that our day should be filled with hikes to a cemetery, ghost stories, and elaborate treasure hunts. Even though our plans for the day may have seemed very “ non-traditional “ and “out of season”, we were excited to share our eccentric ideas with our members. But before we started with our activities we had to present our member of the week, Evan Brennen-White! He was a little embarrassed when we presented a small slide with...Read more
As Conservation Stewarts and Leaders of the environment we take pride in taking hands on action to help bring significant change to our planet. One of the most inﬂuence movements to bring significant change to this world is the movement for sustainable food. Of course it goes without saying that food is the basis for life and therefore as Stewarts of this planet we felt that it was important to participate in New England’s NOFA event. NOFA is the Northeast Organic Farming Association, an Association that actively promotes regenerative, ecologically sound gardening, farming and land...Read more
We were excited to finally meet our returning members. This was our first event as the new Manchester CLC crew and we were anxious to get a taste of how interacting with high school members would actually be like. Well, the event was a blast! We played games, we ate great snacks, and we got to interact with some very excited high school community crew members! The members were very excited to meet us as well, we were happy to let them all know a little bit about ourselves and also get to play some games that they were familiar with. After getting beaten in gypsy soccer we gathered around a...Read more
Join SCA for our December ConSERVE NYC event at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx on Saturday, December 7th!
Van Cortlandt Park is the third-largest park in New York City, and contains over 20 miles of trails. Volunteers will be working on the park’s Cross Country Trail, building water bars to divert stormwater and prevent erosion.
On September 4th, Portland had its town kick-off meeting for Solarize Portland. We weren’t sure what to expect for attendance, but over 60 people showed up, 37 of them wanting a solar consultation! Solarize works by selecting a single installer who has been vetted by the Town and running a 4-month long campaign to sign up as many people as possible for residential solar....Read more
At age 16, Jean Bartholomew (above, 2nd from left) joined a SCA national crew for a trail project located 15 miles deep into the Yellowstone backcountry and she’s been a true believer in the transformative power of the great outdoors ever since. She stayed connected with SCA throughout her time at the University of Pittsburgh, and following a brief stint in a cubicle she decided to pursue a career that embraced her love of the outdoors. She now works in San Francisco as an educator at the Crissy Field Center for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy....Read more
Now more than ever, America needs young leaders who have felt the transformative power of sacrifice and service, who understand that the right road is often the hard road, and who possess an inclusive vision for a diverse and sustainable future. The conservation service programs that SCA has been conducting for nearly 60 years have been shown by research to instill and strengthen such qualities in their participants.
Having led 9,638 volunteers in over 1.3 million hours of service in...Read more
ABOVE: Jennifer Tarnacki taught visitors about traditional Southern Appalachian textile customs during her SCA internship at Brinegar Cabin Homestead on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The people of rural Southern Appalachia have a saying: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without”. You could call them the ultimate reuse, restore, recyclers. The immigrants who homesteaded the high ridges of the Appalachian range HAD to be resourceful - they often arrived with nothing more than an axe, a gun, and an auger. Many were the indentured servants of the guild systems, and after...Read more
Thank you to all who participated in the Capture Conservation Photo Contest this summer and fall! Our goal was to gather nature photos that would inspire people to get out and enjoy America’s amazing public lands, and also remind them why they’re worth working so hard to protect. Your thousands of entries blew the roof off that goal, and for that we are so, so grateful.
Now that the contest has wrapped, it’s time to declare the winners. It was a tough choice with so many entries of such amazing quality, but we think you’ll agree, the photos below deserve...Read more