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.

I Think I’m Batman

Posted by Jon Whiting |
Weighing a captured bat

Weighing a captured bat. Thursday. Hour ‘til midnight. It’s warm. 76. Fahrenheit. Not Celsius. Probably implied though. We Americans are hipsters when it comes to our measurement of temperature. Anyways. 90% humidity.

Posted by Staff |

The clean-up took place in Wednesday, April 15, 2009. SCA teamed up with Sullivan County ATV Club and Stevens High School to clean up a mile lone section of the Sugar River Trail. The clean-up was a huge success and we easily filled one large dumpster, and could have filled three more, so we had to stack it up in bags all around the dumpster. See the photos below for more!

by Andrea Willingham

Posted by Andrea Willingham |

Andrea’s been in Nome, Alaska since this summer, serving as the SCA Multimedia and Graphic Design Intern for Bering Land Bridge National Preserve.

Posted by Joseph Thurston |

It’s time! Time for the year’s last round of the Conservation Caption Competition, Winter 2012 Edition. Let’s end the year right with an absurd caption for this absurd photo.Entries are due, either here or on Facebook, by 5 PM EST on Friday.

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Photo credit: Evan Kutzler from SCA’s I heart Snow photo contest 2011

And the winner of the Jan 2012 Caption Contest is…Jayelle Cumberledge with…NO! NO!

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Back in January, when I was still learning about all of the different events which we would be taking part during our 10 month program, someone told me about an SCA AllCorps gathering taking place in July.

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View more Alternative Spring Break 2010 photos from the Grand Canyon

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When I started my SCA position in August 2010 as a Volunteer Coordinator, I had no idea how critical volunteers were to the operations of the park service. They care for trails, assist visitors, keep the park clean, and a whole host of other things.

Posted by Daniel Ramirez |

This first blog post has been difficult to conceive. I’ve been here for barely a month, and the details of my job – that is, the precise tasks that I will be doing regularly – are still being ironed out. My post is an internship with the Volunteer and Youth Program at North Cascades National Park.

Posted by Staff |

SCA’s New Hampshire Conservation Corps arrived on SCA’s Charlestown campus this morning for several days of work skills training before entering the field this summer. The corps recently wrapped up the environmental education portion of their year in Manchester, NH.

Posted by Staff |

Today we found ourselves canoeing through mangroves, and trudging through Big Cypress National Preserve at the Gator Hook turn off (in case you want to find it because it’s awesome!), for a day full of sun, adventure, and exploring the wilderness.

The canoe trip entailed traveling down the little crest, and out towards the Gulf of Mexico.

Help is on the way for park lands ravaged by Superstorm Sandy.

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Help is on the way for park lands ravaged by Superstorm Sandy.The Student Conservation Association is mounting a largescale, collaborative, youth-fueled recovery program to repair storm-damaged public lands throughout the New York-New Jersey area.

Posted by Staff |

Can’t make it to one of our Earth Day events? Or perhaps you are attending an event but you still want other ways to support SCA. Thanks to our partners American Eagle Outfitters and Zipcar, now you can. Both partners have special Earth Week promotions to benefit SCA.

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By Emma Jornlin, SCA StaffThe room bubbled with energy just prior to the start of the America’s Great Outdoors Listening Session last Thursday. Nearly one hundred youth from around Seattle gathered at circular tables, playing with the place cards, eating granola bars, and talking excitedly. No one seemed to know what was going to happen, only that we had been invited here by important figures from various park and environmental agencies.

Posted by Madalee Haines |

Hanging upside down in the desert It feels like a while since my last update, but perhaps that’s been because I’ve been doing quite a bit of exploring since first arriving here in Moab, Utah. Arriving in Moab: now that’s a picture I’d like to paint for you.

Posted by Staff |

Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 29, 2012
The Teton Mountains. The Mojave Desert. The Everglades. These are not your typical Spring Break destinations. Then again, these are not your typical students.
Volunteers from colleges and universities across the U.S.

Posted by Staff |

Photos by Garrett Allen
Screening Hosted by SCA and the Walpole Historical SocietyJuly 1, Bellows Falls, Vermont - Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan’s most recent film, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, played to a Sold Out audience at the Bellows Falls Opera House. The rain broke just long enough for the patrons to line up around the block.

Posted by Joseph Thurston |

50 years ago today, over a quarter million people gathered in one of our most famous national parks to peacefully demand that our nation live up to its promise to recognize in everyone the unalienable rights to life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness. To that end, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted by Venice Wong |

The majority of ASB participants spent most of yesterday flying into either Burbank, CA or LAX. After waking up early for morning flights, I was glad that we were saving group introductions for Monday. Instead we met each other at our own pace as people arrived to Malibu Creek State Park. Students who arrived first, like myself, set up tents for ourselves and for those getting in later.

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This is the third entry in our ongoing series, Photographs Fantastique, in which we count down 50 days until the Unofficial Official Start of High Season for conservation programs. Jessica Bolis, a two-time SCA alumna and current SCA supervisor at Sequoia National Forest, takes a minute to check out the extraordinary view.

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