by Jess Leber August 04, 2010 09:19 AM (PT) Topics: Environmental Activism, Forests, WildlifeThe year was 1955, long before national service had a model in the Peace Corps, and more than a decade before Earth Day even existed.Liz, then a senior at Vassar College, read a magazine article detailing how America’s woefully underfunded national parks were falling into disrepair, as visitors trampled th
Elizabeth Cushman Titus Putnam, our amazing founder who is truly a rock star to those of us who know her, received the Citizens Medal from President Obama today at a White House ceremony — the first conservationist ever to earn this honor. Check back here tomorrow for video clips of the event.Please add your note of congratulations here....Read more
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—-Elizabeth Cushman Titus Putnam, who launched the American conservation service movement more than 50 years ago with the founding of the Student Conservation Association (SCA), has received the 2010 Presidential Citizens Medal from President Barack Obama for “performing exemplary deeds of service for her country and fellow citizens.”Ms.
by Molly McCluskey, SCA alumnaEver dream of working in the great outdoors for a living? There are many different jobs on public lands throughout the country. The National Park Service hires seasonal and full-time rangers at every park throughout the country and the competition is fierce. Applying for National Park Ranger jobs is like applying for college; you must apply to each park individually, and hope the one you want calls you first....Read more
By Jane Northrop - Pacifica Tribune Staff WriterRakes and pitchforks in hand, local youth widened the overgrown Hazelnut Trail in San Pedro Valley Park this month and fulfilled other tasks at the direction of the park rangers.A group of high school aged youth called Student Conservation Association cleared trail-side vegetation, repaired trail tread, installed benches and interpretive signs and di
By Randy Metcalf, The ExplorerNote from SCA: We’ve been doing this on the border for awhile nowFifteen large garbage bags fill the beds of two pickup trucks after one morning spent cleaning up the desert.The mess consists of backpacks, shirts, shoes, toiletries, pants, plastic bags, water bottles, ID cards, letters, photographs, bandages and aspirin, left behind by people crossing the U.S.-Mexico
From the NJ Star-LedgerCLINTON TOWNSHIP — Twenty-two teenagers from Warren and Hunterdon counties are waking up at dawn this summer, heading to the woods and hiking to the top of a mountain - five days a week. And that’s not the hard part.Once they make it to the ridge, the teens set to work splitting logs and rearranging 400-pound boulders.
SCA applauds the passage of the Public Lands Service Corps Act (HR 1612) by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee yesterday. This important piece of legislation, which already has passed the U.S. House of Representatives on March 20, 2010, would dramatically expand opportunities for young people to serve on public lands through SCA and other conservation corps’ programs. In addition to expanding youth service on public lands, the bill also provides for strengthened training, mentoring, and hiring opportunities to help young people become the next generation of conservation...Read more
Please vote now!Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates and City of Pittsburgh asking Pittsburghers to vote for McCutchen’s Pepsi Refresh ProjectAndrew McCutchen and the Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that they have partnered with Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, the City of Pittsburgh and the Student Conservation Association to compete for the opportunity to receive a $200,000 grant from Pepsi