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.

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Voyageurs National Park - June 2008 This is the thirteenth entry in our ongoing series, Photograph Fantastique, in which we count down 50 days until the Unofficial Official Start of High Season for conservation programs.

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Hundreds of SCA volunteers, members, alumni and staff from across the country headed outdoors on Saturday, April 21st to get their hands dirty working for the planet Volunteers planted trees, removed invasive species, cleared trails, picked up trash and did a number of other tasks contributing to the preservation of parks and green spaces in their local communities. 

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“In the wilderness is the preservation of the world,” wrote Thoreau, perhaps on a dark stormy New England night by a wood burning stove after a blissful day wandering under enormous pine trees and through secluded bodies of water. The preservation of the world… what a lovely thought.

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SCA applauds the passage of the Public Lands Service Corps Act (HR 1612) by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee yesterday. This important piece of legislation, which already has passed the U.S. House of Representatives on March 20, 2010, would dramatically expand opportunities for young people to serve on public lands through SCA and other conservation corps’ programs. In addition to expanding youth service on public lands, the bill also provides for strengthened training, mentoring, and hiring opportunities to help young people become the next generation of conservation managers and leaders. The next step for the bill is for final passage by Congress.

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Photos by Erika Barker

We worked at Lake Chekika yesterday, clearing brush and invasive plant species like the Brazilian Pepper Tree. We worked so hard the rangers had to kick us out—we were tiring them out! It was a good thing though because the pepper tree has overtaken the park and the native plant species.

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Just in case you missed the last one, RCW’s are red cockaded woodpeckers, an endangered species. Big Cypress National Preserve is a huge place, so to try and find these RCW homes (specific pine trees) is quite a challenge. Being out in the wilderness in Big Cypress is like being out in a maze; every direction looks the same!

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Removing graffitti and restoring trails on spring break in the Grand Canyon. Thanks, American Eagle Outfitters, for making this possible.Help more SCA members preserve our land for generations to come. Donate now. Sign Up for News & Stories

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New Hampshire Conservation Corps members have spent the last several months teaching elementary school students about the environment in the Manchester Public Schools.

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Members of the SCA International high school crew take a ferry to the trailhead. They will work and camp about 6 miles up the valley behind them – the Big Beaver drainage.

Have you ever seen a zipline through a forest? If you said yes, then it’s probably one of those ultra-touristy, charge-people-a-lot-of-money-to-have-the-chance-to-fly-through-the-trees type of deals.

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With longboards, shortboards, skateboards, and three SRO concerts, it was a wild scene at the Nike US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, CA – but SCA helped to ensure it was a clean scene, too.SCA volunteers and staff removed copious amounts of litter from the beach which, as our own Joe Thurston tweeted, may have otherwise been headed to “one of those gargantuan offshore trash islands.” Sevente

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Great job SCA, crew and leaders! The new trail extension is almost done and a portion of an existing trail has been rerouted. Today, it’s onto the bog bridge, weather permitting.

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Last week wrapped up Alternative Spring Break in the Everglades. Be sure to check out Teresa’s blogs and follow her adventures with wildlife and restoration projects.

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Photo via carolinabirdclub.org. Woo!

BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE, Fla. (March 18, 2013) — Sandwiched between mangroves, alligators float on the water’s surface, manatees float just below, and a woodpecker works for its lunch: Tck tck tck. Tck Tck Tck.

“This is the woodpecker mecca,” says Ross Scott of Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

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Here we are the SCA International Crew, working on parks in British Columbia and Washington state. Our first blog will be an introduction to our crew.

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Originally Posted By Casey Welch on the Southwest Airlines BlogOn April 7, the Student Conservation Association (SCA), a national leader in youth service and stewardship, named Southwest Airlines its “Official Airline.” Additionally, we’re getting our hands dirty and joining student volunteers at SCA Earth Day service projects across our system for our Spring Share the Spirit initiative.The charit

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Last week I spent a bunch of time working on some elevation spreadsheets from before the 2008 Lateral West Fire. So the first part of the week basically involved collecting more data on those plots. Before the fire, a few water monitoring wells were installed and surveyed for elevations.

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A high school crew in Great Smoky Mountains National Park shot this footage on a Flip video camera last summer. Take a peek into the lives of SCA crew members in the field…This is the twenty-fifth entry in our ongoing series, Photograph Fantastique, in which we count down 50 days until the Unofficial Official Start of High Season for conservation programs.

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Our hearts go out to the hundreds of thousands of other families who were not as fortunate. As recovery begins, please see the following links for more:Getting HelpThe Red Cross “Find Help” pageAfter Sandy: Resources to get back on trackHow to HelpDonate to Red CrossGive BloodThe White House - How to Help the Survivors of Hurricane SandySeven way to help online

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