We all want to see wildlife. I travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park to find salamanders and Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge for avocets and bald eagles. But we forget that cities are complex ecosystems with perhaps unexpected levels of biodiversity.
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 Staff | Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Animals & Wildlife
Posted by Staff | Monday, May 14, 2018
At the age of 13, Nancy Rogers already knew she wanted to be a park ranger. And for upwards of four decades she’s followed that dream, first as an intern in the Student Conservation Association (SCA), then seasonally in the National Park Service, and finally as a permanent ranger in...
Career Success, Parks, People
SCA Spring Cleaning at Kirkwood Park with Domtar
Posted by Kelly McSween Runzel | Saturday, May 12, 2018
It seems like the entire country had a long winter. The ripple effects took a toll on more than our moods; our parks needed a whole lot of work to recover and prepare for summer.
SCA and more than 100 Domtar HDIS employees and family members tackled that need in...
Forests, Invasives, Kids, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities
Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Friday, May 11, 2018
Posted by Staff | Friday, May 11, 2018
There’s no question that birds in every habitat need our attention. It’s estimated that one-third of all North American bird species require urgent conservation action. As a result, biologists are busy gathering data to better understand what can be done to stop the decline.
From the federally endangered Hawaiian...
Animals & Wildlife, Endangered Species
Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Wednesday, May 9, 2018
SCA alum Rick Kuyer is now a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service!
Posted by Staff | Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Animals & Wildlife, Career Success, Endangered Species
Posted by Staff | Friday, May 4, 2018
We often picture park rangers in forested national parks, rescuing hikers or handing out trail maps. And while those are important roles, there are so many others that we rarely hear about. We had a chance to sit down with Jason Cangelosi, the Volunteer Program Manager for the National Mall...
Career Success, Parks, People
Posted by Dani Tinker | Thursday, May 3, 2018
The National Park Service’s aviation branch helps find stranded hikers, manage fires, and conduct wildlife and vegetation surveys. To learn more, we met with Aviation Branch Chief (and SCA ALUM!) Meg Gallagher.
We’re thrilled when we can teach students about leadership or stewardship of the land. But often times, we...
Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Forests, People, Wildfires
We’ve teamed up with the Girl Scouts to place interns across the country!
Posted by Staff | Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Surveys show that up to 60% of girls do not regularly spend time outside in Girl Scouts – and we’re looking for interns who can change that. The collaborative effort between SCA and the Girl Scouts is designed to expose more girls to the benefits of spending time...
Adventures, Kids, People, Trails and Hiking
Posted by Staff | Thursday, April 26, 2018
Sarah Spragg, park ranger for the Bureau of Land Management in Marina, California, sums up her job in five words: “Being available for the public.” In addition to her outreach duties, she also helps maintain the bureau’s facilities and provides special recreation permits for use on public lands. She is...
Career Success, People
Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Friday, April 20, 2018
Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Thursday, April 19, 2018
Like grandchildren rummaging through an attic trove of photographs, Student Conservation Association interns at Yosemite National Park recently began to sort, scan, and share decades-old photos from the park’s past. The Yosemite Conservancy spotlights their efforts in this video, and the excerpted Q&A below.
Posted by Staff | Thursday, April 19, 2018
Sustainability, Volunteer Opportunities
Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Thursday, April 12, 2018
The brilliance of the Milky Way isn’t the only reason to protect dark skies. So what else is at stake?
Posted by Dani Tinker | Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Every time I’m out in the darkness of a wilderness area, I look up at the starry sky and think to myself, wow, we don’t see stars like this in the city. There’s an awe in rediscovering the night sky, and it’s one of the many reasons I go backpacking...
Backcountry & Wilderness, Parks, Trails and Hiking
Interview with Andy Webster about his transformative SCA experience and how it inspired his latest project.
Posted by Staff | Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Career Success, Education, Forests, People
Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Monday, April 9, 2018
Posted by Staff | Friday, April 6, 2018
Spring is in the air, and on April 22, countries around the world will be celebrating Earth Day. This is a day to reflect upon the importance of preserving the only planet we call home – and to take action to save it. But in our hectic, workday...