SCA Midwest

SCA Midwest

Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas |Michigan | Minnesota | Missouri | Nebraska | North Dakota |Ohio | South Dakota | West Virginia | Wisconsin

SCA members fortify this region’s rich natural heritage by protecting watersheds and riparian zones, conserving migratory bird habitats, mitigating the impact of abandoned mines and much more.  The Midwest is home to our Green Cities Sustainability Corps, which helps area municipalities implement climate action plans by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting resource consumption.

This is also where you’ll find hundreds of previously under-served urban youth gaining work experience and strengthening city parks in the largest concentration of SCA community conservation programs in the country.  In fact, the US Conference of Mayors named our Milwaukee corps one of the nation’s top green jobs programs for teens. 

Youth served:

  • 558 (2013)

Key initiatives:

  • Community conservation crews
  • Green Cities Sustainability Corps
  • Trail Town Outreach Corps

Primary partners:

  • The Greening of Detroit
  • Milwaukee Workforce Investment Board, Milwaukee County Parks Dept. and Urban Ecology Center
  • Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore
  • Isle Royale National Park

Leading supporters:

  • Johnson Controls, Inc. - community programs in Milwaukee, Detroit (and Baltimore)
  • Exelon - Chicago community program

News, Stories & Projects

On April 10th, SCA teamed up with national supporter Exelon to kick off National Volunteer Week with hands-on service at Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago.

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Rafael Rosa, new Vice President for Midwest Region, Student Conservation Association

Rosa has deep roots in Nature-based learning. Looks to Expand SCA Opportunities and Impact in Chicago and Beyond

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When asked what first inspired her interest in nature, award-winning wildlife photographer, Barbara Baird, said it was the flash of blue from an eastern bluebird.  As a young girl, Barbara’s parents often took her family to visit parks just outside of Chicago, and it was on one of these trips that she encountered an eastern bluebird for the first time - and it was love at first sight.

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