SCA Alaska

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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
  • Bureau of Land Management - Alaska
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Municipality of Anchorage - Girdwood Parks and Trails
  • Alaska Geographic
  • Matanuska Susitna Borough

Leading supporters:

  • Cook Inlet Region, Inc. - CIRI Alaska Native Crew
  • ConocoPhillips - Alaska Youth Programs
  • Bristol Bay Native Corporation - BBNC Alaska Native Crew
  • Alaska Airlines Foundation
  • Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area
  • Chugach Alaska Corporation
  • Mat Su Trails and Parks Foundation
  • Mat Su Health Foundation
  • REI Co-op


 

 

 

News, Stories & Projects

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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One of the nicest parts about this internship is the way the work weeks are set up. We are on a eight days on -six days off schedule which allows us to bust out our work when need be and also gives us time to recuperate—and go adventuring! We have had the opportunity to explore the majority of Prince of Wales Island in addition to the places we visit while working in the surrounding area.

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Towards the end of one’s college career people begin to ask the question, “So what are you going to do once you graduate?” Some people have a particular career path in mind, many dream of international travel, others plan on immediately continuing their education. I simply wanted to go to Alaska.

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