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.
New York City, NY
Sandy Recovery Program
SCA ﬁelded its ﬁrst community conservation program in New York City and the Sandy Hook area of NJ in the summer of 2013, partnering with the National Park Service at Gateway National Recreation Area to provide a response to the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy. Nearly 150 youth and young adults in the New York City metropolitan area participated in the program’s ﬁrst year of programming, from spring through fall.
The SCA NYC Community Program provides conservation opportunities through the spring, summer, and fall, through both Leader Teams and high school conservation crews. Participants perform disaster recovery work, such as removing debris and sand, rebuilding fencing and trails, and restoring habitat – all while exploring green career opportunities, building leadership skills, and learning about the local environment through ﬁeld trips, outdoor recreation, and service projects. Read more about the Sandy Recovery effort here.
During the program, participants learn how to work as members of a diverse team of peers; gain knowledge of public land resources, environmental issues, and career readiness skills; increase understanding of environmental and trail restoration techniques; acquire experience in public service and outdoor recreation; and develop valuable professional skills through teambuilding and leadership activities. Members are generally given a stipend for program involvement; this varies by program.
- Earth Augur Training
- Invasive Species Removal
Applicants must be at least 15 years of age or in high school. Other requirements vary by position.
To contact SCA’s Community Program in New York City, email SCANYC@theSCA.org.
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The Student Conservation Association has been a leader in the Hurricane Sandy recovery and resiliency efforts at City, State and National Parks around NY and NJ. Visit our NYC Recovery site to see where we’ve been working and how much we have accomplished in the New York and New Jersey Metropolitan Area.