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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“EPMT training, day four: Today, I pulled out baby trees by the roots and left them by the side of the road to die. And I feel great about it.” I pulled a mock sad face.

One of the biotechs working in eastern Alaska laughed. “You should totally feel great about doing some good for the ecosystem.” She hefted a bright orange weed wrench and grinned.

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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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More than 1,500 volunteers joined in SCA Earth Day projects nationwide over the last two weekends. Earthsavers of all stripes planted trees in Kansas City, prairie grasses in Houston, and shrubs in Seattle.

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SCA’s Earth Day kick off events in Seattle and Manchester were huge successes. Hundreds of people came to engage in hands on conservation work in community parks. These hands-on service events were led by SCA members who engaged the local community in giving back to Mother Nature in celebration of Earth Day.
SCA Earth Day events are still underway.

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Dawn had hardly broken and two hikers had broken their wrists on icy South Kaibab Trail at Grand Canyon NP. At the same time, the one-time parking lot SCA’s Alternative Spring Break team was to reveg was still covered in snow, so: activate Plan B.

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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.

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This past weekend, New York’s Central Park was swarming with outdoor youth leaders from across the country who came together for Adventures NYC and the Outdoor Nation Youth Summit.

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Have you ever wondered what the President of the United States would look like in an SCA vest? Now you know…Stay up to date with SCA’s fan page on Facebook for the latest photos, news, and videos.

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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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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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Congratulations to Amy Brown on winning the 2011 E3 Washington Award of Excellence in the Informal Educator category! She is an SCA Alumnus and a long-time partner with SCA in the North Cascades WILD partnership. Check out the full story and photos from the ceremony.

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All Corps Retreat took place at Camp Long in West Seattle from Saturday, January 8 to Sunday, January 9, 2011 and was attended by 47 youth and 8 staff. Students participated in a service project, led team-building games, had small group time, did leadership activities, and put on a student run panel about future conservation opportunities.

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This week, the first wave of 93 SCA high school trail crews started work. In Denali, Inyo Mammoth, Chief Joseph Dam, Saguaro, Acadia, Cumberland Island National Seashore and many, many other national parks and forests, SCA members are building trails and bridges, making new friends, and taking up the challenge issued by President Obama to engage in national service.

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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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SCA’s own Emily McGinty sent us this update yesterday from Pittsburgh’s MLK Day events: I had a great time with the SCA crowd today—from crafts and drumming to ice skating and dancing, we had a really fun time and got tons of people, especially kids, hyped up about MLK Day. Our event ended at 4:30pm and I’ve just come home with the pictures. I am actually headed to the inauguration in about an hour and a half with 30 kids from my school and 150 people from Pittsburgh—-pretty crazy!!

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(Photo above) This is us working on the mural, getting our groove. You can see me back a ways lining up my stencil!

After our awesome hike on Thursday, we had been tasked with painting a mural at a pier that looks like this:

As you can see, the barriers are not the most beautiful things to look at.

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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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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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