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.

Trainings Offered: 

  • Earth Augur Training
  • Invasive Species Removal

Key Partners:

Eligibility Requirements: 

Applicants must be at least 15 years of age or in high school. Other requirements vary by position.

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Related Posts & Program Information

This week, 118 high school students are headed into the field in New York City and New Jersey to help continue the storm recovery process after Hurricane Sandy.

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To many people, the thought of spending the summer outside working under the sun isn’t a pleasing prospect. The sweat, the sunburn, the awkward tan lines, the freckles, and all the other downsides of outdoor labor make people desire an air-conditioned office workspace over something outdoorsy.

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SCA teamed up with the National Park Service at Gateway National Recreation Area to organize the largest ConSERVE NYC event to date, bringing over 100 volunteers to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on March 1st to continue the storm recovery process.

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Next spring, a 600-ft section of slope along Riverside Drive in upper Manhattan — badly eroded by stormwater runoff — will burst into bloom again with 850 bluebells and daffodils planted by SCA volunteers at this weekend’s ConSERVE NYC event.

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On Saturday, October 26th, SCA kicked off the ConSERVE NYC initiative with a coastal restoration project to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

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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.

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.