The summer of 2014 marked the 18th anniversary of SCA programs in Washington, DC. To date, over 1,300 SCA high school students ages 15-19 from both urban and suburban neighborhoods in the capital region have built and maintained trails, constructed boardwalks, managed invasive species, and completed countless other projects. Thousands more (ages 5-19) have participated in environmental education activities with SCA DC’s Urban Tree House Program and participated in community service projects in the region. For the past 18 years, with generous support from donors, the SCA has provided students from the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland the opportunity to serve their broader community by completing conservation projects in national, state, and regional parks and participating in valuable curriculum-based environmental education activities.
The SCA DC Community Program provides year-round conservation opportunities divided into two seasons: school-year programs (running January through May) and summer programs (running July through August). The Washington DC Community Program offers both volunteer and paid service opportunities. Volunteer programs typically occur on weekends year round, while paid service programs run Monday-Friday in the summertime, fall and spring. Members serve at sites in and around the Metropolitan DC Area. Participants build trails and restore habitat while exploring green career opportunities, building leadership skills, and learning about the local environment through field trips, outdoor recreation and camping trips, and complete community service projects.
The DC Community Program also provides a valuable environmental education resource for youth in the Metropolitan DC Area. The Urban Tree House Program is the SCA’s environmental education center located in Anacostia Park in Southeast Washington, DC – a site generously provided by National Park Service’s National Capital Parks – East. For over 16 years, SCA staff has provided free environmental education programs and activities for DC-area K-12 youth on a number of topics, including: urban ecosystems and watersheds, waste and recycling, conservation and sustainability, environmental ethics, wildlife, and ecology. UTH programs include hands-on and interactive components to complement an active outdoor environmental curriculum.
- CPR Certification
- Resume Building
- Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
- Project WET/Project WILD Training
- Financial Literacy
- Habitat Restoration
- Trail Skills
- D.C. Aquatic Resource Education Center (AREC)
- District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
- District Department of the Environment (DDOE)
- National Capitol Parks-East
- US Forest Service
- National Park Service (NPS)
- Rails to Trails
- Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission
Applicants must be at least 15 years of age to participate in high school programs. Members must be currently in high school or recent high school graduates. Other requirements vary by position, as students as young as 5 and as old as 24 participate in SCA DC programs year round.
To contact SCA’s Community Program in Washington, DC, email SCADC@theSCA.org.
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2015 DC Fall Young Adult Program!
2015 DC Fall Young Adult Program for members aged 18+
SCA’s 2015 DC Fall Young Adult Program will have 3 crews of members, aged 18+, working in Rock Creek National Park, Fort DuPont National Park and with the Davey Tree Landscaping Company.
All crews will run Monday, September 14th-Friday, October 23rd. As a member of the Fall Program, you will:
- Earn $12/hr
- Work 35hrs per week, Monday-Friday (8AM-4PM; lunch and breaks are not paid).
- Work on crews of 6 members and 1 leader.
- Work on technical trails projects including bridge repair, retention wall instillation, turnpike instillation, general trail maintenance and various landscaping projects.
- SCA will provide the following work gear: new SCA long sleeve shirts (2), new SCA knit hat (1), SCA bandana (1), new Liberty SCA water bottle (1), SCA sweatshirt (1), helmets, gloves, and necessary work tools.
- The program will run for 6 weeks total.
If you are new to SCA, please follow these instructions on how to apply: LINK
If you are an alumni of an SCA Program, you must have a complete “Community” Application in MySCA. Once your application is complete, please follow these instructions on how to add yourself to the Fall Program applicant pool: LINK
The deadline for applying is Friday, September 4th at 5PM. Please email DC Programs Manager Monique Dailey at firstname.lastname@example.org when your application is complete and if you have any questions or concerns.