SCA Alums gathered for a day of service on Governor's Island, NYC

SCA Alumni

If you’re like most of our participants, SCA is but one major step in your journey as a lifelong conservationist. Here you’ll find ways to connect with your fellow travelers, and inspiring stories and advice to keep you moving toward a healthier planet. 

SCA Alumni Archives

Read the latest from the Alumni Archives

SCA Members' Photos through the years

We recently asked our alumni to tell us their SCA stories, and did they ever! We were so moved by what they had to say that we want to start sharing them with you. Each month we will add a new one as well as link to those that have been highlighted on our social media feeds. Check back often to learn more about what your fellow alums had to say about there SCA experience and time since.

SCA Alumni: by the numbers

96%
remain involved in
conservation or
environmental service.

95%
use skills developed through SCA at work, school,
or through volunteerism.

94%
recommend the SCA
experience to others.
 

 

Stay Connected

Facebook Alumni Group

The SCA Facebook Alumni Group, created in late 2015, is THE  place to connect with fellow SCA alums. Swap stories and photos from your time with SCA, share and discuss pressing conservation issues, post relevant news and events, find and plan alumni get-togethers, or just drop in and say “hi.” Know an alum who’s not a member yet? Add them! Join the FB Alumni Group

Alumni Events

Service Events

Join us for a single day volunteer project! Not only will you help accomplish some of SCA’s most important work—ensuring that America’s city-dwellers (yourself included) have access to safe, well-maintained parks and greenspaces— but you’ll also have a chance to connect with SCA staff and fellow alumni in your area.

Social Events

Volunteer service projects are a great excuse to hang, but they need not be the only one. Come out for gatherings where everyone in attendance has at least one thing in common: conservation is among their highest priorities.  SEE ALL UPCOMING EVENTS

Alumni Council

SCA Alumni Council members at their Annual DC meetup

The members of SCA’s Alumni Council come from all backgrounds, all areas of the country, and all of our various programs, ensuring a diversity of perspectives as they help guide our vision for SCA’s future. Head here to meet them, and keep an eye on our social media pages for a chance to apply yourself—we add new members every year! READ MORE ABOUT THE ALUMNI COUNCIL

Career Resources

Check out the career resources page for guidance on everything from getting started on usajobs.gov to appearing imminently employable on social media. To inspire your search, you’ll also find illuminating examples of alumni who used SCA experience to jump start careers in conservation. SEE THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO SCA ALUM

 

 

Alumni Stories

In 2014, we surpassed 75,000 alumni serving with SCA since it’s founding in 1957. Many have generously shared their stories with us.

1969 Olympic National Park Crew

Alumni Archives: Memories From the Field

We recently asked our alumni to tell us their SCA stories, and did they ever! We were so moved by what they had to say that we want to start sharing them with you. Each month we will add a new one...Read more

Peter Winfrey Along the Dalton Highway in Northern Alaska

Careers for History Buffs: Profile of Park Ranger and SCA Alum Peter Winfrey

As a history major at Loyola University New Orleans, Peter Winfrey didn’t expect his career would lead him to the National Park Service (NPS). He definitely didn’t think it would take him to the...Read more

Everglades National Park by Matthew Paulson

Making National Parks a Space for Diversity: Everglades Park Ranger Daniel Agudelo

Located on the southern tip of Florida, the Everglades National Park – a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve,...Read more

Bee Flying Near Lavender

Sustainable Eco-Farming in Oregon: SCA Alum Elder Pyatt Chooses Lavender

At the moment, the land owned by Elder Pyatt in Beattie, Oregon is covered by juniper trees and rocks. But it won’t be for long. Pyatt, a Student Conversation Association alum and Iraq War veteran...Read more

Ranger Alex Poole at Yellowstone National Park

What Does It Take to Be a Park Ranger? Words of Wisdom from SCA Alumni (Part II)

What does it take to be a park ranger? To find out, we caught up with SCA alumni who have gone on to hold government careers as park rangers. In...Read more

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Ranger Hat by Cynthia Mitchell

Breaking Barriers for Women in Conservation: A Profile of Park Ranger and SCA Alumna Nancy Rogers

At the age of 13, Nancy Rogers already knew she wanted to be a park ranger. And for upwards of four decades she’s followed that dream, first as an intern in the Student Conservation Association (...Read more