Washington, DC

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.  

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!


2016 Conservation Leadership Corps! 

2016 DC Conservation Leadership Corps Program for high school members aged 15-19

SCA’s 2016 Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC) Program will have crews of members, aged 15-19, working in Rock Creek National Park, Montgomery County Department of Parks, Great Falls Park, and Greenbelt Park.

As a member of the CLC Program, you will:

  • Earn 100hrs (yes, 100 HOURS!) of community service!
  • Work one weekend per month and one weekday per month (after school), January 2016-May 2016.
  • 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 meetings.
  • 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 may also be eligible to receive a FULL scholarship to participate in SCA’s National Crew Program (LINK).

Weekend Program Dates:

  • Saturday, January 30th-Sunday, January 31st (OVERNIGHT CABIN RETREAT WEEKEND)
  • Saturday, February 20th and Sunday, February 21st (COMMUTING WEEKEND)
  • Saturday, March 12th and Sunday, March 13th (COMMUTING WEEKEND)
  • Saturday, April 23rd and Sunday, April 24th (COMMUTING WEEKEND)
  • Saturday, May 14th-Sunday, May 15th (OVERNIGHT CAMPING REC TRIP)

Additional mandatory curriculum meetings will occur ONE weekday per month after school from 5:30PM-7PM. Meetings to be determined during the retreat weekend in January.



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