When most think of Brooks Camp, bears and salmon are the first images to pop into our minds. For others, trophy trout fishing is the main attraction. But no matter who you are or what you come here to see, it seems that everyone can agree on one thing: Biting insects are extremely annoying. At Brooks Camp, mosquitoes, white socks, and no-see-ums are the source of much anguish and itchiness....Read more
Pollinators are important. We all know this, right? And we likely all have a decent understanding of why they’re important—the crucial role they play in the plant reproductive cycles that underlie the smooth functioning of Earth’s ecosystems.
But what if you had to explain this role to a 5-year-old? Like right now? With no time to think about it? Go! Are you sure you’d be able to do it in a way that this hypothetical kid would understand?
Well, no need to worry about that now, because this educational video produced by the bright young conservation creatives in our...Read more
By Kiki Serantes
ABOVE: A California Condor, one of the small, critically endangered population at Zion National Park. Photo: Madison Roberts
If you’re lucky enough to spot a rare California Condor, you might just feel as if you’ve been transported back to a time when dinosaurs ruled the earth. With an almost 10 foot wingspan, spotting one of these magnificent, endangered scavengers seems like it would be a simple enough task, but...Read more
ABOVE: Rachel holding an endangered Hawaiian Stilt that she assisted with capturing, banding, and fitting with a tracking device.
The IUCN World Conservation Congress is upon us here in Honolulu, Hawai’i with an estimated 8,000 - 10,000 delegates representing 160 nations converging onto the island of O’ahu for the event. The congress takes place every four years and serves as a meeting of conservation expertise and inﬂuence. This year, the congress is being held in the United States for the first time in the 68 year history of the event.
One of...Read more
Plastic water bottles have been around since the 1940s helping humans transport fresh, clean water. During Roman times, aqueducts were built to provide water to cities, and animal skins were used to transport water from place to place. Clay and woven materials were molded into water carrying devices so the skin would have support and also to be easier to transport. Since then portable water has always been in high demand.
When plastic water bottles were introduced to the public, consumers and manufactures quickly accepted the idea because they were light weight, had low...Read more
by Kyle Yarusso, SCA NPS Centennial Volunteer Ambassador
As part of our celebration of the National Park Service (NPS), over 1000 people came together to create a giant version of the agency emblem, the Arrowhead, on the Washington Monument grounds. The event was symbolic in more ways than one. We each stood holding an umbrella of a certain color, standing side by side in our designated spots. After taking some time to get it just right, making slight adjustments here and there as we prepared for a photo to be taken from atop the Washington Monument, we succeeded in creating...Read more
SCA offers a variety of activities to help you gain life experience and perspective during your gap year, all while serving the planet. Don’t take our word for it though. Hear what life lessons Sarah Newsham acquired during her gap year experience:
A couple of weeks ago I was filling out a roommate questionnaire in anticipation of starting college in the fall after a gap year with SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps. One question asked what experience I had, if any, of living...Read more
Since 2008, SCA has been connecting talented young conservationists with opportunities to use their skills to make the City of Pittsburgh a demonstrably healthier and more sustainable place to live. By working with municipal agencies, nonprofits, and local businesses to implement new policies and educate thousands of people, SCA’s Pittsburgh Sustainability Program has helped the city making enduring cuts to carbon emissions, water usage, and overall energy consumption.
Hit play on the video to meet our most recent bunch of Pittsburgh Sustainability Fellows and learn more...Read more
Ever wonder what it’s like to work with dinosaurs? Well I can’t tell you what it’s like to work with a Tyrannosaurus rex, but I can tell you about working with a reptile whose ancestors were around during the Cretaceous period....Read more