SCA Alaska

Flowers blooming in Alaska where SCA is busy working

SCA Alaska

Alaska is an SCA “region” unto itself with more than 325 million acres of public land – more than half this nation’s wilderness.  SCA is working to ensure Alaska Native youth remain connected with their natural resources, culture and heritage by forging youth-focused networks of government agencies, Alaska Native corporations, and local organizations. 

Either in spite of, or because of, vast geographically spances and low populations, collaboration with complimentary organizations and programs is key to creating meaningful opportunities for all of SCA’s members.

In recent years, this collaborative effort has achieved a four-fold increase in the number of Alaskan Native teens participating in habitat protection, trail construction, and historic restoration.  And with their new-found skills and experience, many SCA alumni are advancing to conservation careers, with our agency partners particularly eager to bring on diverse, young employees reflective of the community at large.

Find out Information about our Alaska Corps Teams

Youth served:

  • 270 (average)

Key initiatives:

Primary partners:

  • U.S. Forest Service Alaska Region
  • Bureau of Land Management - Alaska
  • NPS Alaska Region
  • The National Ecological Observatory Network
  • Municipality of Anchorage - Girdwood Parks and Trails
  • Alaska Geographic

Leading supporters:

  • Cook Inlet Region, Inc. - CIRI Alaska Native Crew
  • ConocoPhillips - Alaska Youth Programs
  • Bristol Bay Native Corporation - BBNC Alaska Native Crew
  • Iditarod National Historic Trail Alliance
  • Alaska Airlines Foundation

News, Stories & Projects

June 21st, the longest day of the year, is quite a unique experience in Alaska. The Great Land celebrates this day with live music, gatherings with friends and families, and in the great outdoors. The sun never seems to set here. On this year’s summer solstice, CIRI and SCA teamed up in the great outdoors to restore Taku Lake Park in Anchorage, Alaska.

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From the Brooks Falls viewing platform, I count thirteen individual brown bears. Since the beginning of July, it has been nearly guaranteed to see bears at the falls, but thirteen is the most to date. My routine remains the same—I make note of which bears are present, and begin a count of how many fish each catches. I also start a running list of interactions between the bears—skirmishes, fish stealing, displays of aggression, etc.

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