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 Joseph Thurston |

Yes! SCA’s very own Graphic Designer, Julia Jandrisits, responsible for our “look” as it appears from our website to our flyers to our Alternative Spring Break T-shirts, has received the G. D.

Follow Me: Alternative Spring Break Blog

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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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Acadia National Park, ME - Summer 2007 - Photos by Crew Members This is the 31-38 (we got a little behind, time to catch up!) 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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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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What was truly astounding about spending today with SCA in DC was the palpable spirit of service. In a moment of clarity amid the bustle and energy of the day, I realized just how much we were embodying the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.

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By Nora Kaufmann, SCA Crew Leader
It’s that time of year again. The last traces of spring linger in the air, the birds are chirping, the grass is green, and coffee consumption in the state of New Hampshire skyrockets as the wonderful SCA staff here in Charlestown, New Hampshire prepares for yet another field season.

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LOCATION: Fort Dupont National Park DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 16, 8am-3pmEVENT RECAP: A great turnout and a high energy level resulted in an amazing amount of work completed in just a few hours time.

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We are halfway through March, and two awesome crews have enjoyed the Alternative Spring Break projects in Everglades National Park and Joshua Tree National Park.

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Hi all! My name is Hodge and I am a Crew Leader at Valley Forge National Historic Park in Pennsylvania. I am currently at home getting some last minute packing done for my trip up to PA on Friday. I cannot wait to finally meet with my co-leader and cover all of our pre-program logistics before the crew arrives Wed, July 20th.

Posted by Apoorva Mahajan |

Around these densely forested parts of Wyoming, the bear is king. When a shutterbug or intrepid hiker asks about the whereabouts of a certain large mammal, it is the bear they seek. And when a family of four asks much the same question with palpable trepidation, it is the bear they seek to avoid.

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You can visit SCA’s Flickr photostream to see more pix in this set. http://www.flickr.com/photos/the-sca/sets/72157621672534785/

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(Photo above) Haute couture in the salt marshes

Through my internship I have had the opportunity to explore other ongoing projects at Fire Island National Seashore besides my own plant related work, and this has been a tremendous learning experience.

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I have been camping my whole life. I remember when I was seven carrying a small (which didn’t seem small to me at the time) daypack with a sleeping bag in it up the trail. My sister had the clothing for us. And my mom and dad- well, they had everything else. At the time, I thought I had the heaviest pack ever! I look back and think how amazing my parents were carrying all that weight so we could learn to camp and hike and be in nature at a young age. Those trips so affected me that becoming an SCA volunteer was a natural step for me. I cannot think what my life would be like without the summers of camping with my family and working for SCA. All those backcountry experiences and times with small groups doing our thing in the best places in the world.I came to this project, this Grand Canyon Alternative Spring Break project with the same ideas: working hard outside, camping, being with people who care and learning more skills and gaining more knowledge. I have been an SCA member before and I just needed to get back into it.

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SCA is hitting the road to find the next generation of conservation leaders. Summer is over and many of our summer 2012 members are readjusting to life back home. But our recruiters are ready to find the next batch of earthsavers.Are you or anyone you know interested in getting to work for the planet?

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Written by Jeff Chen, SCA ‘06 and Alumni Council member.For the last three years of my life, I’ve walked and picked up roadside litter with my crew of trash gypsies.

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This post is by the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Veteran’s Fire Corps, Fall 2011

The first week began with James departing for Texas on a fire assignment. It was a great opportunity for him to work closely with a local fire crew and experience the incident command system found on fire assignments.

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Double rainbow, coming from grocery shopping on the way to Colter Bay, sweet first day!

Another of my travel adventures begins. This time I get to intern in one the most awesome parks in the U.S. I was so happy to be placed close to mountains, whereas in Texas you barely see anything sticking out of the ground.

My first couple of days here I met most of the people I’ll be working with.

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Howdy! My name is Kayla Morain and I am a Visitor Services intern stationed at Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, part of the Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex! Cameron Prairie is just one of the four refuges here in Southwest Louisiana.

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.

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SCA Detroit removes invasives, plants trees, learns about conservation, makes new friends, works really hard, and has a great time.Thanks Johnson Controls for your support.
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