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 Staff |

.message {
border: 1px solid #ddd;
margin: 12px 0;
border-radius: 3px;
padding: 8px;
background: #f0f0f0;
color: #332222;
}
li, ul {
list-style-type: none;
padding: 0;
margin: 0;
left: 0;
}

._sender {
float: left;
margin-top: 6px;
font-weight: 800;
}
._avatar {
float: left;
padding-right: 8px;
}
._message {
display: block;
c

Posted by Staff |

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.

Posted by Madalee Haines |

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.

Posted by Staff |

Session one has wrapped up and session two has been on the ground since Monday. Follow Lauren for photos and stories from session two.

Posted by Staff |

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.

Posted by Staff |

A 2008 national high school crew member works in Dinosaur National Monument.This is the twenty-third 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.

Posted by Staff |

(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.

Posted by Joseph Thurston |

One tick said to another tick…It’s time for round 3 of the Conservation Caption Competition, Spring 2013 Edition!If you can stand to look at this photo long enough to think up a caption, post it to the comments, either here or on Facebook, by Monday at 5 PM EST. We’ll use arbitrarily determined standards to choose our favorite and repost it to good ol’ FB.

Posted by Staff |

Hundreds of college-aged students spent their spring breaks making a difference this April. Instead of spending their Spring Breaks sitting by the beaches, they spent their vacations working for the planet and making a difference in National Parks across the country. The videos we are watching this week, capture the impact that NPS Academy had on 60 college-aged students.

Posted by Daniel Ramirez |
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?

Posted by Staff |

by Emma JornlinThis Thursday July 1, members of SCA Seattle’s community crews will have the opportunity to present their views on conservation, connecting people to the outdoors, and environmental justice to important government officials at an event called the America’s Great Outdoors Listening Session.

Posted by Staff |

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!

Posted by Deb Keller |

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

Posted by Venice Wong |

For a small change of pace, the National Park Service led us to Upper Zuma Canyon. Despite a new location with greenery that was vaguely reminiscent of the forests of Washington, our task for the day was a classic conservation work: removing invasives This time we took on the poison hemlock and Italian thistle.

Posted by Staff |

By Andon Zebal - SCA Alum ‘08Andon Zebal (SCA Alum ‘08) is currently traveling through Mexico, volunteering for as many ecology, sustainable development, and reforestation projects as possible. He is reporting his experiences on his website.I’m breaking chronosequence today to bring you this important report from the jungles of Campeche.

Posted by Staff |

I became an SCA intern at the beginning of the summer with the charge of assessing the invasive lionfish population in Biscayne National Park. Lionfish are quickly taking over coral reefs in the Caribbean, eating as many tiny fish and invertebrates as possible – including commercially important juvenile fish (the ones that provide people with a living and food).

Posted by Staff |

This is the first 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.A-Fig (pictured below) was a member of the 2008 Boston Commuter Crew. The BCC attended the Conservation Commencement 2008 in Charlestown, NH on August 13, 2008.Gloria Flora was the featured speaker.

Posted by Staff |

“I’m super excited about welcoming my fellow SCA volunteers to the US Open of Surfing because when it comes to protecting nature, we all need to get on board,” says Lakey.
The US Open of Surfing is one of the biggest outdoor events of the year.  And our own SCA spokesperson Lakey Peterson is a top contender in the competition.

Posted by Staff |

By the year 2013, 36 U.S. states are expected to face serious water shortages.

Posted by Staff |

For our last day of work we headed out to the Hole-in-the-Donut, a former agricultural area where invasive plants like Brazilian pepper have overtaken the native habitat. Our worksite was a large artificially formed mound that would barely count as a hill in the north, but which towered over the flat Everglades like a small mountain.

Pages