Alternative Spring Break

2014 HeART This City Programs

For the last 7 years, SCA and American Eagle Outfitters have hosted Alternative Spring Break service projects in many iconic National Parks. More than 700  students have contributed 23,000 hours of service – planting endangered Joshua trees in Joshua Tree National Park, building hiking trails in the Grand Canyon and restoring vital wildlife habitat in the Everglades, Padre Island, Big Cypress and the Santa Monica Mountains.

This year we wanted to spread some of the love to our urban parks — and why not? Conservation begins there too! We will be undertaking transformational conservation projects in some of our favorite cities (5,000 total hours of service!) and we will also be installing a cool piece of urban art that will inspire all of us to continue to HeART our cities!

Why are we doing this?

Because our parks are amazing, and they need our help. Because you HeART your city! Plus - you’ll get a limited-edition “HeART This City” t-shirt and water bottle, and lunch on us. And you’ll have the chance to win a trip to one of SCA’s other service projects happening all over the country. This is really a one-of-a-kind SCA experience to make a lasting impact on our urban parks. Please join us! Cities and dates are below.

 

 

Want another way to help transform your city? Give to SCA today to help empower thousands of students to restore the parks and urban green spaces that make our cities livable. Best part: You could win a trip to come help out at one of the SCA service projects happening in America’s most vibrant cities! Learn more.

Here’s how it works:

  • Download the HeART this City frame.
  • Snap a photo of what you HeART about your city.
  • Post it to AE Instragram #HeARTthisCity.
  • Win a chance to join SCA on an important project in a cool city.

 

Give Now + Enter to Win

 

Have questions or want to bring a group? Contact us at recruiting@thesca.org.

 

 

Related Posts & Program Information

This Saturday Chicago showed us what it means to HeART This City! Over 50 volunteers gathered at Our Lady of Tepeyac School to spruce up the playground and finish an amazing mural by street artist Nina Palomba. We teamed up with local SCA leaders and staff and spent the morning with volunteers painting, mulching, and planting a butterfly garden in the school’s playground.

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We made it to the Windy City! This week, I arrived with the stellar “HeART this City” team and immediately set to prepping for Saturday’s event. Chicago has been warm and sunny, much to my surprise. Spring in this city is significantly nicer than I expected!

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We made it to New Orleans! And then out of New Orleans a little earlier than expected, but more on that later. This city’s charm immediately captivated me - I can firmly say that I Heart this City! This being my first time to NOLA, I was so excited to work and discover the town.

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What a day! It was so exciting to see so many people come out to the kick-off event for HeART This City. We started out the day bright and early at 7am to begin setting up for the day’s activities. I got to work preparing my domain - the registration table. We adorned it with our sweet limited-edition t-shirts, water bottles, SCA sunglasses, and breakfast. Meanwhile, my compadres began prepping the timber for planter box construction.

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Editor’s note: Over the next several weeks, SCA and American Eagle Outfitters are bringing love to urban greenspaces across the country with a series of major service events called “HeART this City.” Native plants will be planted, massive murals will be painted, and hundreds of volunteers will roll up their sleeves to #servetheplanet.
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Parents Corner

Your child is about to embark on a life-changing experience, where they will have the opportunity to meet new friends, explore potential careers, gain leadership skills, and accomplish hands-on conservation work that will have a lasting impact on the planet.