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.

SCA Joins B-52s Concert Tour in Texas

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The B-52s are more than a bestselling rock band — they are also conservation rock stars! This weekend in Texas, concert-goers had a chance to get their hands dirty before the show by stepping up to serve with SCA.

Kids, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Megan McVey | Tuesday, May 23, 2017
National Park Diaries

Showcasing young volunteers and directed by young filmmakers, “National Park Diaries” is an uplifting, hour-long documentary that follows two Student Conservation Association crews as they protect the environment and bonds as teams in Alaska’s Denali National Park and Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area.

Featuring Nichlos Gutowski, a 15-year-old from Nome,...

Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, May 22, 2017

With all the pressures on modern families, it’s hard enough to find time to sit down to dinner, let alone get outside. But research has shown that spending time together in nature can create closer bonds and contribute to healthy child brain development....

How working with SCA led to more than a normal internship

Posted by Megan McVey | Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Author: Caroline Ritchey

Though known for its iconic longleaf pine and wiregrass pairing, the pine savanna is actually one of the most diverse and species-rich ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone.1 For the last 12 months, I had the pleasure of working in this unique ecosystem as an SCA intern with...

Six environmental jobs you may not have considered

Posted by Megan McVey | Thursday, May 11, 2017

Once upon a time, if you told someone you wanted to do environmental work, they’d automatically assume: park ranger. Not anymore! Today, the market is bursting with green professions for a wide range of skills, degrees, and interests. Here are six of the creative ways that you can make a...

Volunteers Give New Life to a Historic Camp Dormant for Decades

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, May 8, 2017

On May 6th, SCA teamed up with national supporter Domtar to restore a historic mess hall constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps that has stood dormant for decades — helping to bring to life the rich history of North Carolina’s most visited state park.

History, Kids, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

2400 SCA ConSERVE Volunteers Serve the Planet with 14 Events in 10 Cities

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, April 25, 2017

With the support of Earth Day sponsors American Express and Southwest Airlines, SCA brought together over 2400 volunteers nationwide to celebrate the planet through service. At 14 SCA Earth Day events across 10 cities, thousands of volunteers joined forces to honor the 47th Annual Earth Day and make a hands-on...

Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Monday, April 24, 2017
Liz Putnam hasn’t regularly roamed the Vassar College campus since 1955. Yet everyone here seems to recognize her.
“Hi, Liz,” a woman said matter-of-factly as the SCA founder stepped into the Alumnae House. The woman hadn’t been assigned to greet Liz. She was on her way out for the...

Author: Christopher Fernández, SCA Alumni Council Member

Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, April 24, 2017

Two years ago I was blessed with the opportunity to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) as an intern in the Career Discovery Internship Program (CDIP). Every student and mentor who participated in the program had such inspiring stories and aspirations to share! It was wonderful to...

Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, April 24, 2017

With the Continuing Resolution funding the federal government set to expire at midnight on April 28th, most government operations will be shut down unless a new funding agreement is reached by that time. Should a shutdown occur, all SCA positions on federal lands will be suspended pending a budgetary resolution.


Posted by Megan McVey | Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Spring is coming sooner than usual. While it’s important to be concerned about what this means in the big picture, you might as well enjoy the nice weather while it’s here.

The downside is plenty of others are also thinking the same thing, as evidenced by the ...

Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, April 3, 2017

Adjusting to life in a big city was exciting, but I quickly realized there was something missing: I no longer had the ability to drive to a remote trailhead and head out for a hike. As an SCA alum who loves the great outdoors, this was frustrating, but exploring Washington revealed a lot of great opportunities to connect with nature.

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, March 29, 2017

SCA is partnering with Care To Recycle®, a program of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., to provide creative new ways to reimagine recycling habits. Find a range of free downloadable materials to help promote.

Posted by Megan McVey | Thursday, March 9, 2017
Camping Series 3: Bike Camping

Have you ever thought about taking the great American road trip? Just you and your thoughts, cruising through the country’s iconic landscapes and connecting with strangers along the way.

What if we told you there’s an even better way to tour the country? One that’s environmentally friendly - zero...

Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, February 27, 2017

A fight has been raging around environmental regulation for some time now. In recent weeks we’ve seen the new administration shift on clean energy goals and take steps to roll back regulations on industry pollution. This has environmental groups concerned about the potential costs these changes will have on environmental...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Thursday, February 23, 2017
Engineering News Record has just announced the winners of its 2017 Mountain States Top Young Professionals contest, and among them is SCA alumna Lisa Weidemann.  
A specialist in mine reclamation with Arcadis U.S. Inc. in Boulder, CO, Lisa (bottom row, second from right) works with engineers and scientists...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Thursday, February 23, 2017

The National Park Service and Colorado State University have teamed up for a series of reports on student scientists in the parks, and their latest update focuses on the work of SCA members and alumni studying bats and beetles at Fire Island National Seashore. 

Featured Earthsaver, SCA Alumni Council

Posted by Michael Cronin | Wednesday, February 15, 2017

“Future generations have a right to experience the beauty of wilderness… it’s important that we work to actively protect it.”

Career Success, Climate, Education, Parks, Science, Sustainability

Posted by Megan McVey | Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Arctic sea ice loss has global impacts

Some of the most important climate news this winter has been around the alarming lack of sea ice in the Arctic, which has been in decline due to the steady rise in Earth’s average air and ocean temperatures. While suffering polar bears are a poignant symbol of climate change,...

Posted by Megan McVey | Tuesday, February 14, 2017
The Great Outdoors are Closer Than You Think

When it comes to escaping to the outdoors, popular culture tends toward images of vast stretches of isolated parkland. Places without buildings and cell phone service, where birds sing and the layers of grime clinging to your skin become a badge of honor.

While we highly recommend experiencing these sensations and...