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
Thanksgiving is a time to gather with loved ones to celebrate the people and places and ideas for which we are most thankful.
As conservationists, parks and trails and other outdoor spaces where we can go to commune with nature are near the top of our “thankful for” list. The best way we can think of to show our gratitude for these essential, life-giving places (besides maybe donating to a charity that’s vowed to protect them forever) is to visit them frequently (and respectfully) with friends and family.
That’s why we’re so excited that for the second year in a row...Read more
SCA’s mission is to inspire and empower the next generation of conservation leaders, and we take the leadership part of our work every bit as seriously as the conservation part. Because voting is an important part of being a leader (how can you claim to be a leader in your community if you’re not casting your vote to help determine its direction?), we want to do our best to encourage everyone to get out to the polls.
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Need more encouragement? Click here for...Read more
ABOVE: Mt. Rainier from the Alta Vista Trail by Caroline Meleedy, SCA NPS Centennial Interpretive Media Intern at Mt. Rainier National Park. Credit Caroline Meleedy/NPS
Whether or not you’re rightly placed in time and space to witness it, vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds sweep across America’s deciduous regions every single September and October, brieﬂy and brilliantly...Read more
Last year, when REI chose to close its 149 stores on Black Friday, giving its 12,287 employees a paid day off and urging its customers to spend the day enjoying the great outdoors rather than inside shopping, 170 organizations and over 1.4 million people joined the company in choosing to #optoutside.
This year, as part of their effort to encourage even more people to spend the day engaged in outdoor pursuits with family and friends, REI has launched...Read more
by Joe Thurston, SCA
At the core of SCA’s mission is our effort to grow and empower the next generation of conservation leaders. Key to any sort of leadership, conservation or otherwise, is civic engagement. One can’t claim to be a leader within a democratic society if one declines to participate in democracy’s defining institution.
Thus, as an organization of people dedicated to creating the strong and well-rounded leaders who will carry America’s conservation legacy forever into the future, we urge...Read more