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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Standing precariously on a gravelly chunk of riverbank, I reach over a thick sheaf of willow cuttings to grab the bucket being waved in front of me. And nearly drop it—it feels like cement hung from my hands. Pointy stems dig into my stomach; overhanging cottonwood branches brush my eyelids.

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Greetings from Manning Park British Columbia!

We started our journey in Marblemount, WA where we toured the North Cascades National Park communications center and Wilderness Information Center. We then began the approximately 3 hour drive to British Columbia. The Canadian border guards must not have been in a good mood as we were stuck at the border for almost half an hour.

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A 100,000+ acre, lightening caused fire that burned in the San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests and on private lands in southern Colorado. Photo Courtesy of the US Forest Service

For years, Smokey Bear had me convinced that humans were destroying Nature with their campfires and cigarettes.

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On the third weekend of October of this year, the Outdoor Nation San Francisco Summit brought together young outdoorsmen from all over the US to encourage them to lead their peers off of the couch and into the foliage. SCA’s Alumni Council gathered at the event to play a special role: Highlighting the fact that an active outdoor lifestyle is the perfect precursor to a career in conservation.

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Tired and proud machete wielders.

There’s a reason I keep coming back to the SCA. The work is rewarding, the food is delicious, and the locations are beautiful. But all those factors combined cannot trump the best the SCA has to offer: its people.

The SCA draws its participants from a variety of backgrounds.

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The season of giving is upon us and, with it, the opportunity to celebrate all those who give of themselves to preserve and extend our rich natural and cultural heritage. This, of course, includes the young women and men of SCA, the generous patrons who support them, and the resource managers who guide them.

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Thanks Kevin Bacher, Mount Rainier Volunteer Supervisor, for the great photo — our all-time favorite for 2009.Looking for an expense-paid internship? Check out this Visitor Services internship starting at Mount Rainier this spring. Sign Up for News & Stories

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What do you think of when you hear the term conservation? Admittedly the first things that jumps to my mind are trail work and invasive species removal because that’s all I’ve known for so many years.

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Thanks to everyone who came out to Kingman and Heritage Islands and made for an incredibly successful day!
Over 80 volunteers, SCA alumni and staff hauled away bulging bags of litter, the remains of a dilapidated birdhouse (which had to be demolished with sledgehammers first!), invasive plants, and re-routed a section of newly-built trail out of some wet areas.

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As the widely known Disney song conveys to us, the “circle of life moves us all”, but sometimes it can be hard to remember this on a day to day basis as life takes on a quotidian pace. This is why I consider myself lucky to be an SCA at Fire Island National Seashore as a plant biology intern.

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WOW! I cannot believe it has been a YEAR since I packed my bags, left the great state of Texas, and moved to Maryland to begin my SCA adventure at the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

Time really does fly by when you’re constantly learning, engaging in new activities, and truly enjoying your job.

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VOTE HERE.SCA needs your vote. We are vying to be one of the featured presenters at South by Southwest ECO, a fairly new spin-off from the annual Austin-based entertainment and technology conference, and event organizers are relying on crowd-sourcing to help them identify the top contenders. Help us make sure that the youth voice is represented!

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On March 4, a culturally and geographically diverse bunch of students gathered with SCA in the Grand Tetons to learn what it takes to run a national park. Here are a few highlights from the week.”On the second day we did a lot.

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Norming to Performing

Photo: Hiking Big Sycamore Canyon Falls

A week can seem like forever yet go by in a flash. We spent our last day(Friday, March 29th) as a group working with native plants, for a change of pace, in the Rancho Sierra Vista, not too far from the Wendy Trail trailhead. To prevent over watering natives planted earlier in March by the first California ASB, we established a simple system.

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We are please to announce the winners of the I Heart Snow 2012 Photo Contest!

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This trailer for a soon-to-be released film called Mother Nature’s Child caught our attention and we hope it engages yours. Please tell you what you think.

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