New York City

Hundreds of New Yorkers joined SCA for a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. this past January 20.

The Student Conservation Association works across the five boroughs of New York City to engage young people in conservation service.

Offering summer opportunities for high school students, internships for college students, leadership positions for graduates, and weekend service events open to all, SCA provides a path for urban youth to learn about the natural environment, engage with their communities, and translate their service experience into professional career opportunities in environmental fields.

SCA has built a dedicated volunteer force to care for New York City’s public lands, and has created a diverse and inclusive community that offers young people from all backgrounds the chance to give back and connect with others who care about urban conservation and resiliency.

SCA's 2014 Outcome numbers in New York City.

AFTER SCHOOL CONSERVATION CLUB

AmeriCorps members serving with SCA’s Hudson Valley Corps work with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to run the After School Conservation Club at 22 school and community sites around the five boroughs, reaching over 900 students each semester.

HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY PROGRAM

Eight months after Hurricane Sandy, SCA launched the Sandy Recovery Program, engaging crews of high school students in restoration projects around the units of Gateway National Recreation Area in New York Harbor. This year, SCA is continuing its partnership with the National Park Service to help build longterm resiliency in coastal areas of New York and New Jersey. Read more >

HUDSON RIVER PARK TRUST

Each summer, a team of eight SCA interns joins the staff of the Hudson River Park Trust in Manhattan to lead environmental outreach programs at the country’s longest urban waterfront park. SCA interns teach fishing programs, lead nature walks, and introduce park visitors to the many species that thrive in the Hudson River Estuary. Several members of SCA’s Hudson Valley Corps also serve at the park throughout the year.

ConSERVE NYC

SCA launched the ConSERVE NYC service initiative on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy to mobilize volunteers in the continuing storm recovery effort. By providing weekend service events at new locations each month, SCA has reduced barriers to youth participation in storm recovery, and en- gaged new students and community members with SCA while uniting existing partners, members, and alumni. Read more >

NPS ACADEMY IN NYC

Each year, SCA introduces hundreds of students from diverse backgrounds to careers with the National Park Service through the NPS Academy program.

As part of this year’s program, SCA brought 20 students to New York City to explore the cultural, historic, and natural resources of the National Parks of New York Harbor. Read more >

YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS (YCC)

SCA partners with the National Park Service to give high school students paid opportunities to serve on summer conservation crews working on restoration projects around the National Parks of New York Harbor. Read more >

Interested in serving? See all our available and upcoming service opportunities here.

 

News, Stories & Projects

SCA volunteers in New York City took time off from final exams this weekend to help build safer bike trails in Brooklyn. Fifty volunteers gathered at Floyd Bennett Field in Gateway National Recreation Area to clear invasive vines and open up bike paths along Flatbush Avenue.

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SCA ramped up Earth Day celebrations to new heights this year, marking Earth Day with hands-on conservation service in 14 cities coast to coast and engaging 1,500 volunteers nationwide.

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“Ultimately we are all responsible for our planet — there is no Planet-B!”

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This past Saturday SCA joined forces with American Express to celebrate Earth Day by bringing more than 400 volunteers to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. This day of service marked the first of 18 national events SCA and American Express will host over the next 18 months in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial.

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New York City just can’t seem to escape the wintry weather this season, but that doesn’t stop SCA ConSERVE NYC volunteers from working to get the city’s public lands in shape for spring.

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