ABOVE: The note written by a recent young visitor to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. (Photo Credit: Meredith Elgart)
Why is it wrong (not to mention illegal) to remove plants from national parks?
This post was written for Open Spaces, the oﬃcial blog of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s part of a monthly series featuring SCA interns writing about their experiences working to promote, protect and study wildlife on public lands all over the United States. Today, Henry Woolley checks in from the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge.
I leave the oﬃce at 5:...Read more
Each April, as Earth Day draws near, people in communities across America begin thinking more about the health of the planet and wondering what they can do to help improve it. Every year, the Student Conservation Association (SCA) responds by creating Earth Month opportunities for people to connect in local parks and work together to improve their neighborhood green spaces.
In 2016, SCA’s Earth Day projects in New York, DC, California, Indiana, Washington State, Texas, New Hampshire, Michigan, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Alaska engaged 2,173 volunteers in nearly...Read more
Jess: Before you came to Padre Island and before you became an SCA, what did you envision for your career...Read more
by Hannah Atkinson, SCA Monarch Intern for Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
Pollinators across the country need your help! There is increasing evidence that many pollinators are in decline. Healthy populations of monarch butterﬂies and bees are a reﬂection of the health of the American landscape and the decline of these species is troubling. So why should we care about this decline in pollinator populations?
Todd Nelson is the volunteer coordinator at Grand Canyon National Park. We asked him about his career, the National Park Service centennial, and the future of America’s Best Idea.
Why do you like working with volunteers?
What solidified it for me was working with college students on alternative [service] spring breaks. The students represent a variety of majors and I inform them that whatever they are studying, there is a position for them in the National Park Service, that we’re more than the different “-ologists.”
What role do...Read more
by SCA Intern Jess Landis
SCA has helped tens of thousands of young people launch conservation careers, and Jess Landis will soon be one of them. Jess, an SCA Centennial Volunteer Ambassador at Padre Island National Seashore, just landed a seasonal position as a National Park Service guide at Gulf Islands National Seashore. Jess will be blogging for SCA through the summer on her oceanfront adventures.
Welcome to my series of blog posts which I’ve decided to title “My Sunburned Summer.”
As the Centennial Volunteer Ambassador at...Read more
Emails don’t ordinarily stop me in my tracks but recently one did: a message from the Clinton Foundation that highlighted a comment from President Bill Clinton in response to this question from a student at UC Berkeley:
“What would you tell your 20-year-old self that many of us in the audience can also use in our lives?”