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 Jarred Shaw |

Our first day on post-Sandy restoration duty at Cheesequake State Park began with a foggy morning. Dave Donnelly, park superintendent, met us bright and early, outfitted for the damp weather with bright yellow rubber boots. When we told him that two of our chainsaws were on the disabled list, his gracious response was to lend us a couple spares from Cheesequake’s own gear cache.

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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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This post is from the SCA Veterans Fire Corps, who helped clear Hurricane Sandy-ravaged streets along the Jersey Shore. For a full scope of SCA’s response to Hurricane Sandy, read SCA President Dale Penny’s letter to constituents.

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H.R. 1612: Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2009  Press Conference, 7/22/2009WASHINGTON, DC – Two DC Conservation Crews joined SCA staff and an ensemble of nonprofit leaders and youth volunteers outside the Capitol on Wednesday, July 22 to lend support to the passage of the Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2009 (“PLSC”).Representative Raul Grijalva of Arizona, who is sponsoring the bill, said that “this act is about making an investment in one of the precious resources of this nation, which is its young people.”  The PLSC legislation would expand service-learning opportunities for high school, college, and graduate students to serve on the nation’s public lands.  Read the full text of H.R. 1612 here (via GovTrack). 

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.

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This is the sixth 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.SCA Interns team up with Friends of The Forest Preserves in resource magament and FIREMON in The Cook County Forest Preserve in Chicago, IL. Photo taken 10/30/2007.Learn more about The Cook County Forest Preserve

Posted by Joseph Thurston |

Winter is on and so is Round 4 of the Conservation Caption Competition. Who’s going to win a prize pack of choice SCA goods? Whoever comments with the cleverest caption (as judged by caption quality evaluator, and Follow Me blogger, Danielle Thompson).Entries are due, either here or on Facebook, by Thursday at 5 PM EST.Special thanks to SCA national partner Dr.

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If you are an undergraduate or graduate student of color and you’re looking for an exciting career opportunity, then look no further than the National Park Service Academy. The Academy is a joint program between SCA and the National Park Service designed to introduce diverse students from across the country to career opportunities with the National Parks.

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(above) This picture taken after dominating the last bit of trail and hiking out laden with tools.

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Hi, Everyone!

My name is Steven. This summer I have been in HOT-lanta and boy is it hot. My internship has been at the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southeast Regional Office in Atlanta working in Visitor Services and Outreach.

During my internship, I have had the opportunity to visit field sites throughout the region.

Posted by Anna Megan Borthwick |

Aerial photo of the USS Arizona via Wikipedia

In 2008, President George W Bush established WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument which includes sites in Hawaii, California, and Alaska. This set of historic sites reveals a wider more complete story of the War in the Pacific, from the attack on Pearl Harbor, to the segregation of Japanese Americans.

Posted by Staff |

Today was a recreation day, and it was amazing. First we went on a canoe trip on the Black Water River in Collier Seminole State Park. We learned a lot about the different mangroves and the Natives that used to live here.

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By ASB Group 2 - March 26, 2009 - Grand Canyon We woke up today with sore bodies but energized spirits. With the memories of our varied hikes and canyon experiences fresh in our mind from yesterday, we spent the morning stretching, refueling, and preparing to get back to our conservation work for the park.

Posted by Joseph Thurston |

It’s time! Time to revive the Conservation Caption Competition! Spring is, after all, a season of renewal. To start things off, we have a pic from last month’s NPS Academy session in Grand Teton National Park. Quite an outfit, amiright?Comment with your cleverest caption by 5 PM EST Friday 4/5 either here or on Facebook.

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From the official Facebook page of Jay Inslee former U.S. Rep. (WA-D), now Candidate for WA Governor.
“Just finished speaking at Student Conservation Association’s Earth Day event in the Washington Park Arboretum. My parents led SCA trips up to Mt. Rainier, and those experiences gave me a deep appreciation for our environment.

One of the nicest parts about this internship is the way the work weeks are set up. We are on a eight days on -six days off schedule which allows us to bust out our work when need be and also gives us time to recuperate—and go adventuring! We have had the opportunity to explore the majority of Prince of Wales Island in addition to the places we visit while working in the surrounding area.

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Grand opening is now over. The dignitaries have come and gone and we emerged basically unscathed from the hurricane. Now that things have calmed down enough to write a new blog the utter insanity of the last week comes into even better focus.

The first major hurdle that came up was all of the crap in the basement of our education building.

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What if you woke up one winter morning to a suddenly alien landscape?…

Posted by Venice Wong |

It begins, but who’s to say when it begins. The drive and desire to protect natural spaces, to ensure adequate resources for future generations, to promote the recovery of endangered species while preventing others from becoming threatened, and to simply enjoy something so majestic that man can never hope to recreate it. It’s conservation.

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