The Excelsior Conservation Corps is gearing up to start their third field season! While they begin preparations for a new class of members, slated to arrive in March, they recently reached out to a few Year One members to see what they are up to now:
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 | Friday, January 26, 2018
SCA Brings Communities Together to Serve for MLK Day Coast to Coast
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, January 18, 2018
With the support of American Express and Southwest Airlines, SCA brought together hundreds of community members across the country to honor the MLK National Day of Service…
Posted by Hayden Sloan | Tuesday, January 9, 2018
By SCA Community Engagement Fellow Hayden Sloan
As you may know, plastic degrades (breaks down into pieces), but it doesn’t biodegrade (break down through natural decomposition). This becomes a problem over time, as all of the plastic pieces we’ve generated over the last seven decades are steadily turning the sea into...
Preserving Our Heritage, One Trail At a Time
Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, January 8, 2018
Amid the tumultuous era of the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, and a push for women’s liberation, a less controversial piece of legislation also appeared on the scene. In 1968, the National Trails System Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Johnson. However...
Five resolutions that are easy to execute, but add up to a major impact for the environment.
Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, December 18, 2017
In the words of the famous carol, fast away the old year passes. And as we gather with family and friends to celebrate the holidays, it’s a natural time to reﬂect on the year gone by and make resolutions for the year ahead. This year, in addition to eating less...
Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Monday, December 18, 2017
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Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, December 11, 2017
Finding time in our busy schedules to go out and enjoy nature can be diﬃcult in the best of weather. But in winter, the challenge becomes even greater: it’s colder, roads and parks may be full of snow and ice, and, as it gets dark earlier, there’s simply not as...
Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, December 4, 2017
Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Monday, December 4, 2017
5 Easy Ways to Build a Christmas Bird Feeder
Posted by Megan McVey | Friday, December 1, 2017
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Well, not quite yet, but it’s getting close. And while we’re hanging up our stockings and singing carols around the fire with a cup of eggnog in hand, our little feathered friends outside could use a touch of the Christmas spirit, too....
Posted by Megan McVey | Thursday, November 30, 2017
Service Project: Volunteers in partnership with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department will help bring the park back to it’s beautiful, natural state. Teams will help with litter and debris removal, invasive plant removal, habitat restoration and plantings.
Gratitude in Conservation
It’s Thanksgiving season again, time to gather around the table with family and friends and reﬂect upon the things we are thankful for. And as we fill our tables with turkeys and fixings, we here at the Student Conservation Association have plenty to feel grateful about. Here are five of them:...
Posted by Hayden Sloan | Monday, November 20, 2017
While we’re celebrating, let’s remember the steps we’ve taken toward sustainability this year. With sweets, gift-giving, and feasting galore, don’t forget to Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
The Conservation Games are like a schoolyard field day, fall festival, and outdoor volunteer project all in one! There will be volunteer projects, food, music, and zany, engaging spectacles. Join us for some family-friendly fun that showcases the wide variety of skills and activities involved with conservation and youth development....
3 places in the United States that need our help now
With three distinct climate zones and a terrain that spans two coasts, the United States is home to a rich and wide variety of habitats, topography, vegetation, and animals, many of which are sheltered by our incredible national park system. But faced with threats of over-development, pollution, and climate change,...
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, November 20, 2017
This November, as part of “MUFG Gives Back” Volunteer Month, SCA teamed up with MUFG Union Bank to hold ConSERVE events in five cities nationwide, with more than 400 volunteers participating. In New York City, Seattle, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Oakland, MUFG employee volunteers worked side-by-side with SCA youth and...
Posted by Megan McVey | Wednesday, November 8, 2017
There is something special about a campfire – it draws us in with its magic and heat, encouraging conversation, music, and intimacy. In this digital age, when it’s so easy for us to be distracted and to disappear into our own devices, sitting around a fire in the dark pulls...