Washington, DC

The summer of 2014 marked the 19th 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.  

Trainings Offered: 

  • CPR Certification
  • Resume Building       
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
  • Project WET/Project WILD Training
  • Financial Literacy
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Trail Skills

Key Partners:

  • 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 

Eligibility Requirements: 

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.

To apply, log in or sign up to start your application today!


 2015 DC Conservation Leadership Corps 

2015 DC Conservation Leadership Corps Program for High School Students Aged 15-19 years old from DC, VA, & MD

SCA’s Conservation Leadership Corps Program (CLC) will have crews of members aged 15-19 working in Rock Creek National Park, Fort DuPont National Park, Montgomery County Parks, Arlington County Parks and Greenbelt National Park. Crews run January 2015-May 2015 (exact dates below).  As a member of the Conservation Leaderships Corps you will:

  • Earn 100hrs (yes, 100 HOURS!) of community service!!
  • Work one weekend per month and one weekday per month (after school), January 2015-May 2015 (only three days per month, TOTAL!).
  • Build trails, restore river environments, and conserve habitats.
  • Give back to your community through service projects.
  • Members will meet at designated Metro Stations each morning on weekend work days. Transportation will be provided from the Metro Station to parks and members will be returned to the same Metro Station at end of work day. Members will meet at our Field Office at Navy Yard for the one weekday per month meeting.
  • Work gear (SCA hoodie, SCA long sleeve shirt, SCA knit hat, helmets, gloves, tools) and lunch will be provided to all members in the program.
  • Crew members are also eligible to receive a FULL scholarship to particpate in SCA’s National Crew Program.

You must be available to participate for the entirety of the program.  Program dates are as followed (tentative and depending on weather):

  • January 24th-January 25th (overnight heated cabin camping trip)
  • February 21st-February 22nd (commuting work weekend)
  • March 21st-March 22nd (commuting work weekend)
  • April 25th-April 26th (commuting work weekend)
  • May 16th-May 17th (overnight tent camping trip)


Thanks again for your interest in SCA’s Conservation Leadership Corps Program! If you have questions please contact Monique Dailey at scaDC@thesca.org or 703.524.2441.

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