60th Anniversary

The year 2017 marks the Student Conservation Association’s 60th Anniversary. Sixty years encompasses an important stretch of history, for SCA and our country. During this period, Americans went to war several times, worked for civil rights and the health of our planet, saw technology advance exponentially, and experienced wave after wave of important cultural, societal, economic and political shifts.

As we look back and remember, what becomes abundantly clear is that while times change, SCA remains a stalwart presence for conservation and our country. The young people with whom we work gain an adeptness, an ability to press beyond whatever challenge comes next. Travel with us, as we recall the highlights of our first six decades.

From the Blog

6 People Other Than Liz Putnam Who Played an Early Instrumental Role with SCA

SCA Founding President Liz Putnam will be the first to tell you she could not have started SCA without the support of many collaborators and advisors. Six decades later, Liz continues to preach the gospel of Teamwork, and here are six individuals (well, okay, seven) who played key roles in the early days of SCA.

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We literally wrote the book on trail construction. Check out six of the most important tools for building and maintaining trails. Would you agree with our list?

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Liz Putnam, Founder of SCA

Liz started SCA to help protect America’s national parks, but some of her first wilderness experiences occurred in the Canadian North Woods.

Beginning at age 11, Liz would join her family on summer trips to a cabin on Lac a Moise in Quebec, a journey that included long train rides from New York followed by several days of paddling and portaging with the aid of Indian guides.

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