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.

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Wednesday, February 17, 2021

When we first spoke with Caleb Miguel Awe last November, he admitted to some trepidation. “Nobody likes 40 below,” he noted.

Caleb was just beginning his second straight winter as a sled dog intern at Denali National Park and Preserve, so he was already acquainted with Alaska’s oft-harsh climes. More recently,...

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Wednesday, February 17, 2021

In celebrating Black History Month, we reflect on defining moments where courageous indiviuals stood up to injustice and advocated for equity. We also look back on notable African Americans who are seldom recognized for their contributions to society. Commemorating the people and events that shaped Black history often includes a...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Monday, February 15, 2021
“Few if any calendars make note of it, and Hallmark has no greeting card for it, but February is National Youth Leadership Month.” 
If that sentence seems familiar, it’s because we posted it last year as part of the promotion behind the inaugural SCA Convening on Youth Co-Powerment....

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Joe Biden pictured above (bottom row on the left).

As special events go, this one was transcendent.

In 2009, SCA hosted the then-current U.S. president and a former U.S. president in a tree-planting project to commemorate Earth Day. At the time, no one knew we were also in the presence of a...

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Thursday, January 14, 2021

These are the photos that the SCA Instagram community liked best and the top SCA blog posts from 2020!

Instagram Posts

Whether you're looking for stunning outdoor landscapes or stories of adventure from the field of conservation, our Instagram posts had something for everyone last year. You can follow...

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Wednesday, December 16, 2020
As they burst to life each spring, deciduous trees fill us with hope. They provide a secure canopy through summer and bring splendor in the fall. Evergreens, on the other hand, are constant. Unlike their cousins, they retain their foliage through multiple seasons and in winter, when most other trees...

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Friday, December 11, 2020

If you are searching for a simple way to support conservation efforts this winter, creating a bird feeder for your backyard is the perfect option. These animals play a vital role in the ecosystem by controlling pests and helping pollinator communities thrive. When food sources become scarce during the cooler...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Friday, December 4, 2020

Suzanne Tarkulich arrived at Big Hole National Battlefield in Montana in October, and already she’s visited Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Glacier National Parks, as well as Craters of the Moon National Monument and many of the surrounding towns. “I’m trying to do as much as I can before winter really...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Tuesday, December 1, 2020

This is our second in a series of SCA winter project profiles.

In recent years, SCA’s long-running summer-fall Adirondack Corps has added a smaller winter program in the William C. Whitney Wilderness, in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and AmeriCorps. We spoke with Program Coordinator Rebecca...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Sled dogs in the snow

As the seasons turn, SCA is turning our spotlight on members working in winter conditions.

Sled dogs have always been part of Denali National Park and it seems like SCA interns have always helped care for the “canine rangers” that symbolize such a wide swath of Denali’s history and heritage. This...

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Wednesday, November 18, 2020

All photos and captions courtesy of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

The SCA Adirondack Corps wrapped a successful summer season in October. It was a learning curve of how to adapt the program to many new Covid-19 guidelines, but the crew members were on board every step of...

How to Reduce Waste this Halloween

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Jack-o'-Lantern glowing next to lit candle

The spooky sight of jack-o’-lanterns glowing in the nights leading...

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Thursday, October 15, 2020

From left to right, first row: Brianna Amingwa, Marcus Rosten. Second row: Melanie Quiñones Santiago, Olivia Walton.

by Trisha Malizia

Each year the North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE) names a list of 30 people under 30 years of age who are change-makers within the field. The recognition “celebrates the unique and...

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Thursday, October 15, 2020

by Lou Lunte SCA ‘77, ‘78; Alumni Council member

How many captive tigers are there in the U.S?  If you joined SCA’s Fifth Friday presentation on July 31st you might have been shocked — like I was — to learn there are an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 captive tigers in...

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Thursday, October 15, 2020

Fall is here and you’ve spent time harvesting your garden of different fruits and vegetables. But you don’t want them to go to waste. You want to enjoy them during the long winter months ahead, so how can you make the most of your homegrown produce while also keeping the...

Second Annual Alumni Engagement Week

Posted by Ally Ratliff | Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) hosted its second annual Alumni Engagement Week (AEW) from September 21-26, 2020. The week was full of exciting opportunities to engage our network of 95,000 alumni, partners, friends, and more. SCA community gathered, virtually, to support conservation, network, and have fun!

To kickoff the week, over...

Education, Parks, Trails and Hiking

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Monday, September 14, 2020

by SCA Alum, David Kurapka

It was paradise. My two stints with SCA account for a mere few months of my life, but their importance to me far outweighs the relatively brief time I spent in the program.

Dave pictured top row,...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Tuesday, September 8, 2020

By Grace O’Hara, Richard J. Guadagno SCA Conservation Fellow

Nineteen years ago on September 11th our nation changed forever when four planes departed from various East Coast airports and never made their destinations. Hijackers took over the aircraft with the intent of crashing them into key locations. Two struck the Twin...

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Thursday, August 20, 2020

“Get some fresh air.”

This phrase is commonly used during times of stress. There may be no time in history when getting outside has been more powerful for our health, both physical and mental, then through the COVID-19 pandemic.

But what is it that’s so calming about nature? The truth is –...

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Wednesday, August 19, 2020

By Cecilia Aleman

It’s not often that legislation affecting conservation and young Americans is signed into law. So when one of the most pivotal conservation bills in nearly 50 years crosses the finish line – it calls for a celebration.

The recent passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, a bipartisan...