Every year, SCA provides training, tools and projects that place motivated teens and young adults in the field to effect changes great and small. How do we measure the effects? Sometimes its through decreased CO2 levels or by the tons of trash collected or in the number of trees planted. Our success is also measured by the lessons learned, the perspective gained and the lives we transform—today and into the future. Often when the SCA project is over, the success story is just beginning. Take a look at some of our most recent accomplishments.

Exploring American Indian culture--historic & contemporary--on the Santa Fe Trail

Posted by Noah M Schlager | Friday, October 9, 2015

by Noah M. Schlager

ABOVE: Contemporary American Indian artist Justus Benally and Amanda Beardsley at the Santa Fe Indian Market.

Once in his life a man ought to concentrate his mind upon the remembered earth, I believe. He ought to give himself up to a particular landscape in his experience, to look...

Adventures, Diversity, History, People, Trails and Hiking

Domtar Employees Give Back at Cameron Park

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, October 5, 2015
Domtar and Student Conservation Association youth volunteers conserve parks in Waco, Texas.

On October 3rd, over 80 Domtar employees and their families woke up early on a Saturday morning to plant trees, repair fencing, move loads of mulch, and combat invasive plants at Cameron Park.

Parks, Volunteer Opportunities

75 Volunteers Kick Off ConSERVE Chicago Initiative with Service in Thatcher Woods

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Volunteers from across the Chicago area spent their National Public Lands Day with SCA for the launch of ConSERVE Chicago, a public service initiative devoted to mobilizing young people in support of Chicago’s public lands.

Kids, Parks, Volunteer Opportunities

Hollywood Better Get Ready

Posted by Tomas A Quezada | Monday, September 28, 2015

by Tomas A Quezada, SCA Field Leader

When some of the high school students on the SCA crew that I led at Canyon de Chelly National Monument with Adesbah Foguth wanted to make a short film about their service experience this summer, who were we to deny their Spielbergian dreams?

SCA’s Canyon...

Adventures, Diversity, History, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking

A Unique Corps Experience in the Navajo Nation

Posted by Tomas A Quezada | Monday, September 28, 2015

Ya’at’eeh, it literally stands for good, good for you, good for me, and good for everything that surrounds us. It’s the typical greeting that you will hear from the Diné, or the Navajo, at Canyon De Chelly. This greeting is a constant reminder of how you feel when at Canyon...

Adventures, Diversity, History, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking

Earthsaver of the Month

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Friday, September 25, 2015

“SCA made me feel that I didn’t have to be limited in what I do.”

Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Earthsaver of the Month

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Friday, September 25, 2015
Jeremy Taitano is SCA's Earthsaver Volunteer of the Month!

“I believe in the ability of outdoor spaces to inspire, to empower, and to bring us together as a people. All people.”

Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Sea Turtle Season Was a Moving Experience for Sarika Khanwilkar

Posted by Sarika Khanwilkar | Thursday, September 24, 2015

Most beach experiences involve sunshine, right? For humans, sure, but not for wildlife. The darkness of night provides the camouflage necessary for seven species of reptile to nest. All over the world for the past 120 million years, sea turtles have emerged from the ocean each spring and used the sand to hide and incubate their eggs.

The beach at Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is a place where people and shorebirds actively roam the surface in the daytime, and sea turtles plant future generations under the sand at night. It still feels like a dream to say that I am an SCA intern at one of the most productive sea turtle nesting habitats in the United States.

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Diversity, Endangered Species, People, Science

Working to preserve a rare American reptile in the Florida Keys

Posted by Caitlin Sebok | Tuesday, September 22, 2015
This post was written for Open Spaces, the official blog of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s part of a monthly series featuring SCA interns writing about their experiences working to promote, protect and study wildlife on public lands all over the United States. Today, Caitlin Sebok checks...
Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Endangered Species, People, Science, Wetlands

50 West Monroe Partners Volunteers Join SCA to Restore Discovery Park

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, September 16, 2015

On the 9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance, SCA teamed up with West Monroe Partners and Seattle Parks & Recreation to restore trails in Seattle’s Discovery Park. More than 50 West Monroe Partners employees spent the morning tackling challenging trail projects including installing culverts, resurfacing eroded trails, and constructing a stone staircase -– work that will help fortify trails throughout the park.

Do these 5 things to make your photos stand out

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, September 14, 2015

Monday 9/21 is the very last day to enter the summer 2015 Capture Conservation Photo Contest, which means on Tuesday… judging begins. We usually end up with a few thousand entries, so if you’re hoping to win grand prize (a round-trip flight for two!), you better do all that you can to make your photos stand out.

Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

400 Volunteers Come Together for Find Your Park Days of Service in NYC & DC

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, September 14, 2015

Through the support of American Express, SCA brought together almost 400 volunteers this weekend to mark the 9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance with #FindYourPark Day of Service Events in New York City and Washington, DC.

Coasts & Water, Diversity, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

SCA Intern Kaiti Chritz Photographs Grizzlies on Coast of Katmai

Posted by Kaitlyn Chritz | Friday, September 11, 2015

Climbing out of my tent at 5:30 a.m. revealed an absolutely stunning morning. The water-striped mud flats of the low tide in Hallo Bay reflected the morning sun and silhouetted clamming...

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Climate, Coasts & Water, Parks, People, Science

SCA Intern Kaitlyn Chritz Photographs Grizzlies for the Changing Tides Project

Posted by Kaitlyn Chritz | Thursday, September 10, 2015

Before this summer, I had never laid eyes on a brown bear.

I’m not sure how many people actually get to experience the feeling of living their dream at 22 years old, but personally I can tell you that it’s an overwhelming surge of surreal moments. My...

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Climate, Coasts & Water, Parks, People, Science

With the Junior Rangers in Rock Creek Park

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
SCA Junior Ranger Intern Aurelia Casey works with children near Rock Creek Park, Washington DC

Aurelia Casey’s extensive SCA portfolio includes a Hurricane Sandy recovery crew, an internship with Hudson River Park, and numerous ConSERVE NYC projects. This summer, she was a Junior Ranger intern at Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC as part of SCA’s NPS Academy.

Four straight years of SCA – how did...

Education, Kids, Parks

Photos from a great day of weeding and mulching

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, September 1, 2015
SCA Crewmembers in Chicago help clean up Hegewisch Marsh

SCA’s expanded 2015 Chicago program included more than 125 members – including many underserved teens – who protected city parks, restored habitats at nearby Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and provided free environmental education to thousands of local school children through SCA’s Urban Tree House. This Chicagoland program expansion was made...

Diversity, Parks, Wetlands

Solarize Hudson Valley Interns Spread Sustainable Energy in a New Initiative

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, August 31, 2015

SCA members are increasing sustainability across New York’s Hudson Valley region — one solar installation at a time.


110+ exotic plant species in Southeast Alaska

Posted by Staff | Monday, August 31, 2015
SCA Exotic Plant Management Team Intern Kevin Hauser teaches youth about invasive plant, bladder campion (Silene vulgaris) at Skagway's 7th Annual Community Weed Pull.

by Kevin Hauser

Sometimes, when you least expect it, doors that you never knew existed can open right in front of you. 

It was one of our first hikes of the season. I had just made it to Skagway, Alaska for my internship with SCA, and some friends and I wanted to...

Education, Endangered Species, Science, Sustainability

Perhaps this Yellowstone Visitor Should Have Just Gone to the Zoo

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, August 28, 2015

If this Yellowstone National Park comment card were a Yelp review, the headline might read, “One star. Poorly trained bears.”

Apparently a park visitor recently left the following feedback at the lodge where they stayed while visiting the park, as evidenced by the photo below:

“Our visit was wonderful, but we never...

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, History, Parks

Ayomide Sekiteri on how she found her park

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, August 26, 2015

“If it was based solely on statistics, I shouldn’t be standing here. I shouldn’t be here talking to you about our National Parks because I am not your typical national park visitor. The typical visitor is over the age of 50 and white. As you can see…that’s not me.I am 22, African-American, the daughter of two Nigerian-born and raised parents - Making me 1st generation American. No, I am not the typical National Park visitor.”

Adventures, Diversity, Parks, People


Our 2015 Summer Roadtrip takes you to amazing places and member stories around the country.

75000 Members have served with SCA

Over 75,000 women and men have served with SCA - read some of their stories here.

Read about the women and men who helped build America’s oldest and largest youth conservation service organization here

Meet some of the amazing women who blazed a trail with SCA

Member Bloggers

Rachelle Hedges
San Mateo County Parks
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Sarika Khanwilkar
Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge
See Posts by Sarika Khanwilkar
Elizabeth Braatz
St. Croix Wetland Management District
See Posts by Elizabeth Braatz
Noah M Schlager
National Trails Intermountain Region
See Posts by Noah M Schlager
Dakota McCoy
Yosemite National Park
See Posts by Dakota McCoy
Ariel Lepito
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
See Posts by Ariel Lepito
Jessica Zamudio
Yosemite National Park
See Posts by Jessica Zamudio

Staff Bloggers

Ann Pedtke
New York City
See posts by Ann Pedtke
Joseph Thurston
Washington, DC
See posts by Joseph Thurston

Alumni Stories

Where will SCA take you?

“Something different” is what Jessica Aronson Cook was looking for when she first joined the Student Conservation Association (SCA) as...
Mary Nghe and Stacey Kinney -- two CDIP Interns with the Student Conservation Association
Growing up in Houston, Stacey Kinney says she only saw ducks on office park ponds. Now, here she was at...

New findings on SCA's youth impact - read about the Search Institute's study

A new multi-year study on SCA’s youth impact shows significant gains across a wide range of indicators.
Read about the Study here »

Michelle Bobowick, Interning with SCA in Yellowstone National Park, 1985
It was 1958, when our family affair with the Student Conservation Association began. Since, then our family has continued its commitment to improving the world around us through SCA.
During the summer of ’69, twenty students arrived at Great Smokey Mountains National Park ready to clear windfall damage in...
When Student Conservation Association (SCA) supporter and 1983 alumnus, Bob Kachinski, was fresh out of college, he went on what...

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