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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View the slideshowLOCATION: Last Organic Outpost, Emile Street Community FarmDATE & TIME: Friday, October 29, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PMEVENT RECAP: 45 Yes Prep students, along with teachers, chaperones and SCA staff visited Last Organic Outpost’s Emile Street Community Farm in Houston’s 5th Ward. This was both a service project and a great learning experience for the students.

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Here’s a video of our crew meeting for the first time at the airport. Hopefully, it’ll give you a sense of how a handful of young strangers can quickly become an essential support network for each other. Looking forward to the summer ahead!

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Look at the crewmembers all ready to start rowing!

Look at the crewmembers all ready to start rowing!

Already into the second half of my stint leading a Seattle Community Crew, and I can’t believe it has gone by so quickly! I guess it’s true that time flies when you’re having fun.

This week’s theme for educational lessons was professionalism, and on Monday, we started off with a session on budgeting.

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Hello! Greetings from Ohio!

As I prepare all my gear for each trip that I head out on I find myself reflecting specifically on those that I have had before. I find myself wondering, what is in store for me in southern Florida on this alternative spring break with the SCA? I am excited to meet a large group of my peers from all different walks of life.

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This is the tenth 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.This photo is from the 2008 SCA Photo Contest.

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Has the 2012 Got Dirt? Photo Contest got you bummed because you love contests but have never once managed to take a single decent photo?Well I’ve got news that’ll cheer you up: That’s right!

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The SCA Trail Town Outreach Corps, an organization focusing on sustainable economic development in the towns along the Great Allegheny Passage supported by the Trail Town Program and the Student Conservation Association, rides the GAP each year to experience the journey that brings people from across the region, the country, and even the world to bicycle in the Laurel Highlands.Check out their gre

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Well, now that we’ve gotten the first week of craziness out of the way, it’s time to circle back around to all of those little details like who I am and why this blog even exists.

I’ve had kind of circuitous route through the old education system to end up here in the SCA. I started out my college career at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio studying wildlife sciences.

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This past week I finished up my internship with the U.S. Forest Service in Dillon, Colorado. It was a busy time, wrapping up with an end of term backpacking trip and several patrols. It all went by extremely quickly and before I knew it I was packing up for Moab, Utah to head to my new internship with the National Park Service.

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Over the course of today we got to experience what building a community is truly like, through the destruction of another. You may have seen in Justin and Kenneth’s blogs that they have already experienced the demolition site. Our main goal today was to help remove a house that, through acquisition, is now located in Big Cypress National Preserve.

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A crew from the Student Conservation Association WildCorps has been working on a variety of projects on lands managed by BLM-California. WildCorps is a partnership with the BLM, to train a cadre of youth leaders to enhance public lands.

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(Photo above) A pair of American Oystercatchers

There’s something about New England that keeps drawing me back every summer. It started with a visit to rustic and folksy Vermont with a little of bustling Boston back in 2010.

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SCA President Dale Penny and SCA Alum Marcus Hendricks spoke at the hearing.

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We posed a question and it was this: Got Dirt?The winner of this year’s Got Dirt? Photo Contest chose to answer that question literally, and with a resounding “Yes!”Put on a smock and some goggles and acquaint yourself with “The Sandman,” this year’s grand prize-winning photograph.

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The milky, jade green water of the creek comes from glacial flour - the pulverized rock that is scraped off the mountainside as the glacier moves

The milky, jade green water of the creek comes from glacial flour - the pulverized rock that is scraped off the mountainside as the glacier moves.

Disclaimer: OK, so the photos in this post have little to do with its content, but what’s a good blog without pictures?

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If you’re in New York this month, make sure to check out this awesome Alternative Spring Break billboard at the American Eagle Outfitters store in Times Square. The 15,000 square foot LED display will run images from Alternative Spring Break four times per hour for the entire month of March. Thanks to American Eagle Outfitters for giving us some bright lights in the big city!

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The trees were chosen for their ability to tolerate climate change. The footbridges were anchored by cables to withstand floods. The guest of honor?

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