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
  • 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

This post originally appeared on Denali National Park’s Runnin’ With the Kennels blog. Above photo: 2014 SCA Summer Kennel Interns, Kelly Bell and Marinell Chandler

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SCA’s NPS Academy 2014 is off and running! Hundreds of college students have converged on four national parks to get a first-hand view of what careers in the National Park Service (NPS) are all about. 

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Working outdoors was an easy sell for Zimmerman, but she says being a part of the Student Conservation Association has pushed her to do more, like being a leader and taking on responsibility. “I kind of feel like I’ve gone from being a younger girl to being a lady,” says Zimmerman. “It’s amazing what I’m learning from these people and it makes me think, ‘Man, when I’m their age I want to be able to have done the things they’ve done.’ So I’m super excited to see where my career is going to go within the next few years…”

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