SCA Founding President – Bonus Scene from ‘National Parks’ – A Ken Burns Film


Elizabeth Titus Putnam and the Student Conservation Association

“As a twenty-year old Vassar College student in 1953, Elizabeth Titus Putnam was inspired by her experience of the aurora borealis in Grand Teton National Park to create a modern-day conservation corps for students. She used her connections and entrepreneurial instincts to make it happen. Today, the Student Conservation Association boasts 3200 student volunteers from all fifty states and many foreign countries-all from the dream and determination of a college student a half-century ago.” – From