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 Megan McVey | Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Posted by Kevin Borja | Tuesday, July 18, 2017
New York City is so much more than bright lights and busy streets. Hidden behind the glitz and glamor is a series of environmental challenges. Some like mitigating the urban heat island effect, a phenomenon where urban centers are significantly warmer than the surrounding suburban or rural area due to...
Posted by John Goodrick | Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Not many people can say that they spent a month in the woods with a silent radio as their only connection to the outside world. No shower, no internet, no toilet… or toilet paper. This is how I spent my first summer with the SCA—living in the temperate rainforest of the Olympic National Park with a fellow crew leader and six high school students.
Posted by Hayden Sloan | Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Looking back on my life, it seems obvious that I should be working toward a career in ocean conservation. I was desperate to be a mermaid, enchanted by aquariums, and regularly called a fish every time my family took trips to the pool, the lake, or the beach. I took a rather round-about way to get into the conservation field, though.
Posted by Ally Ratliff | Tuesday, July 18, 2017
There is nothing quite like adventuring in the great outdoors. You strap on your worn mud-packed boots, fill your water bottle, and head out to the trail head. In front of you is endless hues of nature. The trees cascade down the mountainside, eager for you to summit. As you look down the path, a squirrel scurries by.
Posted by Megan McVey | Wednesday, July 12, 2017
How important are bees and other pollinators for our food supply? Let’s put it this way: one in every three bites of your food wouldn’t be there if weren’t for them. Pollinators are responsible for the survival of plants that bring us fruits, vegetables and nuts – including...
Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Monday, June 26, 2017
Posted by Megan McVey | Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Posted by Megan McVey | Tuesday, June 20, 2017
What is an Emerald Ash Borer and how did it get all the way from East Asia to America? Why did its population grow so fast once it arrived in the U.S.? Why should you care?
The Emerald Ash Borer has become an ongoing problem across the United States, and the...
Posted by Megan McVey | Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Eric Straw is a 30-year old North Texan, a former SCA crew leader, and an avid paddler. He’s currently on a six-month mission to canoe in each of the 50 U.S. states. We caught up to him in New Hampshire, his paddle still wet from the waters of Elbow Pond.
Volunteers Give New Life to a Historic Pennsylvania Town
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, June 20, 2017
On June 17th, SCA teamed up with national supporter Domtar to restore a century-old community center and bring new life to the historic small town of Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania.
History, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities
Posted by Megan McVey | Tuesday, June 13, 2017
In Part I , we discussed how Liz Putnam founded the Student Conservation Association in 1957, and how the organization developed and ﬂourished in subsequent decades. In the second of this two-part series, we will look at the how SCA has faced the challenges of the new millennium...
Buzzing in the Backyard
In September 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that, for the first time ever, it was placing seven species of bees on the endangered species list. Not ten days into the new year, it announced yet another addition: the rusty-patched bumblebee. In its statement, it noted...
After 60 years of conserving America’s public lands, SCA’s place in history is assured. Here are 6 places in SCA’s history that played key roles during the passage of time.
1. Vassar College
If you’re familiar with the SCA saga, you know why Vassar tops the list: this is where Liz Putnam...
SCA volunteers get around and, as we celebrate 60 years of service to nature, we share 6 sites where you may not expect to find SCA members — but they’re there, protecting and restoring parts of America’s natural legacy.
All SCA crews keep a journal of their activities, covering everything from work accomplishments to observations in nature. In 1957, SCA crews hauled a portable typewriter and assigned an oﬃcial scribe to document their adventures. Here are six excerpts from the first two SCA “groups” (as they were called back then) at Olympic National Park.
Want to help fertilize the planet and have fun doing it? Seed balls could be the answer. What’s a seed ball, you ask? It’s a simple cluster of seeds wrapped in a ball of soil and clay that you can throw—like a ball. Here are five cool facts to get...
Posted by Megan McVey | Wednesday, May 31, 2017
SCA Founding President Liz Putnam will be the first to tell you she could not have started SCA without the support of many collaborators and advisors. Six decades later, Liz continues to preach the gospel of Teamwork, and here are six individuals (well, okay, seven) who played key roles in the early days of SCA.