Impacts and Outcomes

SCA believes in Leave No Trace.  To a point.

Wherever they serve, SCA members always make an impact – one that’s positive, significant and enduring.  These young stewards bring a genuine passion to their work, and it affects the both the natural and work environments.  Our partners consistently say they draw inspiration from the energy and enthusiasm SCA members bring to the job, and that our young people are poignant reminders of why it’s so crucial to engage a new generation of conservation leaders. 

Here are some examples of the difference SCA members are making all across America.

Stories from the Field

How SCA and our Agency Partners are making a difference

SCA Leaders Jean Bartholomew and Emily Fonti made a guest appearance on CNN this weekend — starring in Morgan Spurlock’s “Inside Man” episode examining the role of young people in National Parks.

SCA volunteers in New York City took time off from final exams this weekend to help build safer bike trails in Brooklyn. Fifty volunteers gathered at Floyd Bennett Field in Gateway National Recreation Area to clear invasive vines and open up bike paths along Flatbush Avenue.
This Saturday SCA teamed up with American Express to celebrate Earth Day by bringing more than 350 volunteers to Fort Totten Park in Washington, DC. This event followed another successful partnership event with American Express in New York City last weekend, and concluded a month of SCA Earth Day celebrations in 16 cities nationwide.
This Saturday SCA teamed up with American Express to celebrate Earth Day by bringing more than 350 volunteers to Fort Totten Park in Washington, DC. This event followed another successful partnership event with American Express in New York City last weekend, and concluded a month of SCA Earth Day celebrations in 16 cities nationwide.
SCA Leaders Jean Bartholomew and Emily Fonti made a guest appearance on CNN this weekend — starring in Morgan Spurlock’s “Inside Man” episode examining the role of young people in National Parks.
Follow Me: SCA member blogs from the field
SCA alum Lauren Ray, aka the Rapping Ranger, has written and performed hip hop odes to each park that she's worked at, starting with Arches National Park where she served as an SCA Intern.

SCA alum Lauren Ray reveals how her SCA internship with the National Park Service helped her discover her public-lands-loving hip hop alter ego, the Rapping Ranger.

SCA Alum and former Tennis Pro Leslie Allen at the New York Open
“I liked the fact that, early on, SCA was committed to offering outdoor experiences to a diverse mix of people, and I loved the idea of other girls from all across the country working together toward common goal.”
From Abe Lincoln’s birthplace in Kentucky to the White House in DC, SCA members help to interpret the legacies of...

News Items

Volunteers at SCA's MLK Day of Service at Anacostia Park in Washington, DC

What’s powerful enough to bring 600+ volunteers to a windy park in 20 degree weather to pick up trash on what’s supposed to be a day off work?

NPS Ranger Millie Jimenez with visitors to Grand Teton National Park

Por Millie Jiménez*

El Servicio de Parques Nacionales celebra su cumpleaños 99 y me emociona recordar cómo yo encontré mi parque y cómo ahora me dedico a ayudar a otros a que encuentren el suyo.

SCA Crew in Chilly Slough Wetlands sitting on the Jack leg fence they just completed.

Chilly Slough is one of the few remaining examples of natural, high desert, spring-fed wetland. The wetland is created by a combination of flat, valley-bottom topography and abundant spring water.

SCA Intern Kathryn Averette and NPS Ranger K.C. Kirkman clean a headstone at Sharpsburg

SHARPSBURG — Sharpsburg may be a stone’s throw from the Antietam National Battlefield — the site of the bloodiest single-day battle in American history — but it’s the memorial stones in Town Square that are getting some much-needed attention.

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