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.

SCA intern Ashley Xu holding a pallid bat at Glen Canyon Recreation Area.

Bats Aren't Scary — but the Realities They Face Are Truly Frightening

Popular culture and common myths perpetuate a fear of these misunderstood animals. They are more closely related to primates than rats and mice, they aren’t all rabid, and they don’t like to mess...Read more

SCA Alum Samuel Merring at Stanislaus National Forest.

Profile of SCA Alum Samuel Merring: From Internship to Tuition Crew to the U.S. Forest Service

Samuel Merring, a seasonal interpretative ranger at the Stanislaus National Forest in northern California, develops and leads nature programs and...Read more

Cattle on Kroll Waterfowl Production Area in North Dakota by Krista Lundgren, USFWS.

Chasing Pollinators and Dodging Cows in North Dakota

It’s no secret that pollinators are in trouble. Many bee and butterfly species across the country are struggling to survive. And in some cases, there’s not even enough data to figure out...Read more

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 at National Parks

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