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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 Lukas Miller | Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Monday, February 24, 2020
SCA Alum Jacob Solon acquired many skills from his time as a member of the Excelsior Conservation Corps that are now applicable at his current professional role.


I found the ECC while attending the spring 2018 job fair put on by

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Friday, February 14, 2020

SCA interns – and sisters – Megan and Katie Woods are researching rarely recognized yet essential moments in US history at the National Parks of Boston. In a fortuitous turn, their work coincides with this, African American History Month, and March’s Women’s History Month. Here is Part One of their...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Thursday, February 13, 2020

Few if any calendars make note of it, and Hallmark has no greeting card for it, but February is National Youth Leadership Month. A time to advance and celebrate the rising leaders among us who are making a difference in our communities and the world at large.

Of course, that’s a...

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Jane Clark’s experience as a member of SCA’s Excelsior Conservation Corps provided valuable leadership skills, the opportunity to work on a team, and how to balance heavy workloads. 

How I Found It and Why I Joined

I joined the Excelsior Conservation Corps a year after graduating from college with my...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Friday, January 24, 2020

SCA volunteers are known for their contributions to America’s parks and forests, but often less recognized is the extraordinary influence site supervisors have on these young stewards. Rangers, biologists, trail foremen, and others instruct, advise, and inspire SCA members on a daily basis, helping to shape everything from their perspectives...

Service in Honor of MLK Jr. Day

Posted by Ally Ratliff | Tuesday, January 21, 2020

On Monday, January 20th, Student Conservation Association (SCA), in sponsorship with American Express and Southwest Airlines, teamed up with National Park Service (NPS) to serve at Anacostia National Park. In honor of MLK Jr. Day, over 150 community volunteers came out to help remove litter from the park shoreline and...

Parks, Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Tuesday, January 14, 2020

By Nancy Fernandez

Jessica Zamudio and I first met in 2015 when we were both selected to participate in a special internship program run by the Student Conservation Association that introduced undergraduate and graduate students to career opportunities in the National Park Service. For students, it can offer the experience of...

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Monday, January 13, 2020
These are the photos that the SCA Instagram community liked best in 2019! 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 along in 2020 and beyond at @the_sca and...

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Friday, December 27, 2019

As the season officially transitions from fall to winter in the United States, the country’s scenic landscapes go through their own spectacular changes as well. While temperatures can drop to a frightfully bitter level, many parks transform into winter wonderlands with an abundance of activities and pastimes that anyone can...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Monday, December 16, 2019

by Miles Starr Radin, SCA Intern

“Are we gonna see a gorilla?!” one student asks as she steps off the bus. For most, it is their first time at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) at Tinicum in Philadelphia.

As Ranger Kelly Kemmerle reminds them that they are not that far from...

Posted by Lukas Miller | Monday, December 16, 2019

On December 16, 2019 the SCA partnered with Timberland, RootDown LA and NBA in Los Angeles to restore a community garden space at local middle School. In total, there were 102 volunteers and SCA alumni leaders who supported several urban greening projects, while Timberland and NBA Cares outfitted middle school...

Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Thursday, November 21, 2019

Thanksgiving is considered a time for reflection and an opportunity to really recognize all we are grateful for. We are constantly surrounded by nature’s beauty, and without the passion and dedication of individuals who care so strongly about the environment, the lands we adore would not be protected. While there...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Wednesday, November 6, 2019
by Miles Starr Radin, SCA visitor services intern

The young boy practically jumps out of the car. “Don’t forget the arrows!” he shouts to his dad as he races to the gate.

It is still dark at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) at Tinicum. Gold and red


Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Started in 2010, the SCA Veterans Fire Corps trains and engages teams of recent-era military veterans in wildland fire mitigation and forestry. Projects include fuels reduction, fire effects monitoring, educational outreach, pre-fire preparation of burn units, and participation in prescribed fires. 
Since August, an SCA team of veterans...

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Monday, November 4, 2019

Sarika Khanwilkar is a Student Conservation Association alumnus and currently a PhD student in the Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (E3B) department at Columbia University. She works closely with Pooja Choksi, a fellow PhD student, doing research in central India. They wrote about their latest summer below:

Our Summer of...

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Tuesday, October 29, 2019

America’s National Parks have always been home to wildlife species, plants, water bodies, and natural wonders of many kinds. But these are not the only inhabitants of countless outdoor spaces across the country. For years, both hikers and park rangers have reported and witnessed spooky encounters with spirits, unexplained events,...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Friday, October 25, 2019

Amber Flowers is a bat monitoring intern at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. With Halloween on the horizon, we just had to ask what it’s like to hang around with bats. (See what we did there?)

SCA: So what does a bat monitor actually do?

Amber: My job is to hike...

Posted by Lukas Miller | Friday, October 18, 2019


Between October 18 and 19, SCA worked alongside Domtar employees to host two separate events in Bennettsville, SC. The weekend kicked off with Employees from the Marlboro Mill and Tatum Converting Center helping SCA Community Ambassadors to host a seed ball quick touch...

Education, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Lara Provance | Friday, October 18, 2019

(Pictured above: SCA Gulf Corps crew members ripped up a dilapidated boardwalk that ran through a coastal pine savanna on Dauphin Island, AL. Fire-certified members helped burn the area and then members rebuilt this 1,000-foot-long boardwalk. See more amazing tansformations below.)

Last year SCA members improved more than 3,000 miles of...