Meet the volunteers serving in parks around the country.

Jean Bartholomew

At age 16, Jean Bartholomew joined a SCA national crew for a trail project located 15 miles deep into the Yellowstone backcountry and she’s been a true believer in the transformative power of the great outdoors ever since.

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Past Events

SCA and NPS Celebrate 65 Years of Partnership Virtual Event

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

On Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 4:00pm ET, join the National Park Service Youth Programs Division and the Student Conservation Association (SCA) for a virtual event in celebration of SCA’s 65th anniversary. In 2022, SCA also reached the milestone of placing more than 100,000 members into the field since 1957. SCA members have left their footprint at many local, state, […]

Day of Service for National Public Lands Day

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Eastern Time

SCA’s Virtual Career Fair

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Eastern Time The second annual SCA virtual career fair will bring together a diverse pool of candidates with employers within the green economy and other companies. It will include a welcome address, keynote speaker, interactive webinars, and other informational offerings throughout the day—but most importantly, job and networking opportunities.

SCA Giving Day 2022

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

On Giving Day, the entire SCA community comes together with one purpose: to provide leadership opportunities for young adults to protect our national parks and public lands. Stay tuned for exciting match gifts opportunities! Your gift during this 24-hour period can help unlock even more financial support to conserve lands and transform lives. Learn more […]

SCA Fifth Friday: Women in Conservation Summit

Friday, April 29, 2022

Eastern Time

Tree Planting Event Honoring Anne Burn Hicks

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

  Come and join us in renaming Maywood Elementary to Anne Burn Hicks and planting trees in honor of this historical event!   WHEN: Wednesday, April 27th at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm CDT. The planting ceremony will begin at 1pm with honoring Anne Burn Hicks. Afterward, we will split into groups and plant trees […]

Buchanan Street Earth Day

Saturday, April 23, 2022

  Come join us for Earth Day! We will be planting about 20 native trees on Buchanan Street!   WHEN: Wednesday, April 23th at 10:00 am to 12:30 pm CDT. The planting ceremony will begin at 10am with some word from our crew. Afterward, we will split into groups and plant trees in designated locations […]

NYC Earth Day of Service

Saturday, April 23, 2022

  Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering on Governors Island!   This year, Governors Island is open to the public on Earth Day for the first time! To celebrate, the Friends of Governors Island, in partnership with the Trust for Governors Island and the Student Conservation Association, invite New Yorkers and community members to join us […]

Seattle, WA: Earth Day at Washington Park Arboretum 2022

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Join us on Saturday, April 23rd to restore Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle, WA! This spring, SCA is partnering with the Arboretum Foundation, UW Botanic Gardens, and Seattle Parks and Recreation to restore the Washington Park Arboretum by removing invasive ivy and weeding the collections.   Any volunteer under the age of 15 must be […]

Earth Day – San Diego

Saturday, April 23, 2022

  SCA and the City of San Diego are excited to partner with MUFG Union Bank this Earth Day weekend to give back to the community and planet.   Please joins us at Presidio Park from 9:00AM-12:00 PM PDT to serve together in celebration of Earth Day. Please bring water, sun protection & sunscreen, wear […]

In the News

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At Dumbarton Oaks Park: A Youth Conservation Crew’s Trail to Success

Last summer, a trail crew was hard at work in Rock Creek Park, completing multiple restoration projects to enhance…

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Student Conservation Association to Host Tree Talk – A Community Conversation On March 25

WHITING, Ind. – The Student Conservation Association (SCA), bp America and the City of Whiting is hosting Tree Talk,…

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Student Conservation Association Selects Lidia Soto-Harmon As New President And CEO

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Student Conservation Association (SCA) today announced that its Board of Directors unanimously…

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Grizzly Bears Roar Their Way to Top

It was one of the tightest calendar cover races in SCA history! But grizzly bears received the most votes from our…

The Greatest Woman We Know

The more you learn about the Student Conservation Association’s founder, Liz Putnam, the more you are in awe of her…

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Working for Water

As one of Earth’s most abundant and precious natural resources, water is vital for a healthy and sustainable planet….

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Women in Conservation

Women have always led the way at the Student Conservation Association (SCA). Starting with a movement launched by the…

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Student Conservation Association Announces Four New Board Members And Names New Board Leadership

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Student Conservation Association (SCA) today announced the appointments of four new board…

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Find Your Adventure This Winter

Even though summer reigns supreme for travel, winter brings its own unique experiences for every level of outdoor…

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Preserving Black History

In celebrating Black History Month, we reflect on defining moments where courageous individuals stood up to injustice…

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