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. 


Introducing a better way for SCA alumni to stay connected; The SCA Network! Through this secure portal, you can connect with fellow alumni and SCA staff in a way that no other existing SCA platform allows – like match you with a mentor or link you directly to like-minded people through affinity groups. You can use the web-based platform or download the app today.



Read the latest from the Alumni Archives

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.




Stay Connected


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


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


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


Check out the career resources page for guidance on everything from getting started on 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 its founding in 1957. Many have generously shared their stories with us.

Dumbarton Oaks crew.

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….

Alaska women's crew in front of Denali sign.

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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