San Francisco Bay Area

SCA Community Conservation Crews cleaning up in the San Francisco Bay Area

Today, only 6% of children play outside on their own. Those who do enjoy less than eight minutes a day in unrestricted outdoor activities. Yet the average teenager spends 10 hours a day staring at an electronic screen.

In urban areas, the disconnect between youth and nature is even more acute. But here in the San Francisco Bay Area, SCA—which launched the American youth conservation movement nearly 60 years ago—is spearheading a new drive to engage young people in hands-on service in the very neighborhoods they call home.

With an active focus on under-served populations, we provide students from all backgrounds with empowering opportunities to preserve city parks, explore the local ecology, and discover their own potential. Independent studies confirm that SCA members gain greater self-esteem and direction, enhanced critical-thinking and focus, and improved fitness and stamina.

Additionally, as students advance along a continuum of conservation experiences, they build the skills and insights necessary to lead effectively, practice lifelong stewardship and succeed in their careers.

Following their initial service, some SCA members return to lead the programs on which they once volunteered; others progress to become interns at Golden Gate NRA, Point Reyes National Seashore, or distant locations like the Great Smoky Mountains. And with seven in 10 SCA alumni employed or studying in the conservation field, their influence will reach across local governments, businesses and communities for many years to come.
 

In the Bay Area, SCA members have maintained over 12000 feet of trail, engaged over 12000 people and performed over 38000 hourse of volunteer service

Bay Area Special Initiatives:

Community Conservation Crews

Under-served teens from throughout the Bay Area enjoy what is often their first real exposure to the outdoors as they improve local parks and neighborhoods and gain vital work skills and job experience in what the US Conference of Mayors calls “one of America’s top green jobs programs for youth.” Read more about the Community Crew opportunities in the Bay Area

Historical Preservation

SCA interns at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park are preserving the largest museum collection in the National Park Service—at over six million items, the largest maritime collection on the West Coast. Interns research, identify, document, digitize and arrange items ranging from archaeological artifacts to ship plans and oral histories to extend our learning and to keep the past alive.

SF Youth Stewardship Program.

In coordination with the city’s Recreation and Park Department, SCA provides free environmental service-learning programs to students in grades 2 to 12. Each course includes one classroom presentation and five thematic field trips consisting of educational elements as well as habitat restoration work to help young people forge powerful, personal connections with nature.

“I used to not value myself as enthusiastic, helpful and influential until I got to start a journey with my SCA leaders and friends. What we have been through made each member, including myself, a true leader.”

– Marvin Nieto, 17, SCA Bay Area Crew Member

Key Supporters

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service         Midpeninsula Regional Open Space         National Park Service       California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection       San Francisco Recreation & Parks       Easy Bay Regional Park District

 

 

News, Stories & Projects

High school students will restore and survey park trails in the coming year and use new technology to develop interactive maps of San Mateo County’s parks system.

The Board of Supervisors is set to allocate more than $470,000 in two grants toward the initiative at its Tuesday meeting.

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Redwoods. Photo by chmee2

Student Conservation Association volunteers, in association with Save the Redwoods League and the Garden Club of America, and under the guidance of California State Parks have helped rebuild the River Trail access to the Humboldt Redwoods State Park, along the Eel River, after a massive fire swept through portions of the park in 2003.

Get the full picture from NBC-affiliate KNTV Channel 11:

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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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In December of 2010 I left a career in advertising to go back to school for a degree in natural resources management. One of the main reasons for making this change, was that I needed a job in which I could work outside. I love being outside. I love hiking. I love building trails, measuring trees, using tools, and all of the other wonderful things that for the last four years I’ve gotten to do under the guise of “work”. (Including leading two amazing SCA crews!)

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This past Monday we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday by participating in the “California King Tides” citizen science project. This event was hosted by Acterra, a Peninsula-based environmental non-profit in the SF Bay Area. We had a great turnout (close to seventy people!), at the East Palo Alto Bay Trail, participating in the event. 

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Contact Info

SCA California/Southwest
1230 Preservation Park Way
Oakland, CA 94612
510.832.1966

LOCAL PARTNERS

  • Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge
  • East Bay Regional Parks
  • San Mateo County Parks

COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS

  • S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
  • Union Bank Foundation
  • Yosemite Conservancy

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