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 |

Here’s Jarred’s crew mate, Leah Cantor, with her take on the SCA Sandy Relief Corps experience. PHOTO: Jennica Tamler and Leah Cantor (L-R)

Mother Nature can be a powerful and heartbreaking force. The neighborhood I was born and raised in was completely wrecked.

Posted by Joseph Thurston |

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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Another in our year-end-best-of-09 series. Thanks Dan Crossett for the photos and your contribution to saving coral reefs.
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Posted by Joseph Thurston |

Bwahaha! Oh man. Too Funny.OK, so, Caption Quality Evaluator Dani Thompson has spoken, and Jamey Anderson is the winner of Conservation Caption Competition, Round 4.Why? “Because,” Dani says, “I’m glad to see the owl got what he deserved for being such a show-off in that commercial.”So… Jamey gets a prize in the owl gets his comeuppance. Good day.Click here for all the rules.

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Thanks, Ted Miller, for photos of SCA DC’s retreat at Hard Bargain Farm — 24 first year students, 5 old faithfuls, and an awesome staff.

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If you’re one of the thousands of youth looking for a summer job, you may be in luck.
At the recent White House Summer Jobs Summit, President Obama called on businesses, nonprofits and government to join in creating nearly 180,000 youth summer employment opportunities including jobs, internships and career training positions.
SCA President Dale Penny was at the White House, the only invited rep

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This afternoon, President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, before rolling up his sleeves to join local SCA members in service.In his address, the President said:We need your service, right now, at this moment in history. I’m not going to tell you what your role should be; that’s for you to discover. But I’m asking you to stand up and play your part.

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Aboard the Serac, the Park research vessel, we bob gently in Aialik Bay, listening to the sound of gulls, surf, and an ancient tidewater glacier calving. Every 5 minutes or so, a piece of the massive ice wall half a mile ahead rips away with a noise like thunder and gunshots all at once, plunging into the sea below and sending up a cloud of spray.

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Well, I have about two weeks left at my site before I head back to the Lone Star state for school. I cannot believe how fast this summer went. I know I was saying that a month ago…but sheesh!

Some projects are winding down at the refuge as well. We started dove banding early in July and we have about two weeks left.

Posted by Jacqueline Keating |

The National Park Service does a great job of providing on-site housing for their seasonal volunteers and employees. Here at Arches, my roommates and I share a beautiful house that is surrounded by giant red rock cliffs and includes a backyard that features an array of desert life including our own juniper tree and an adorable rabbit that we’ve affectionately dubbed Marcel.

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History of fire at BCNP.

It’s Thursday night, Day 5. Hard to believe we arrived in Southwest Florida just five days ago. In less than 36 hours, our first members will be headed to the airport to catch their flights back north. An intense and fantastic week is in fact coming to a close.

Our project leader, Toby, expressed it best in welcoming us to the Alternative Spring Break adventure.

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(Photo above) The park at sunset: Walter H. Laufer, park patron

I am sure most of you are reading this blog because like me, you also have a love of wild things and wild places. You may even have had an SCA experience of your own and are looking to hear of others on their journeys. The photo you see above is one that has history.

Posted by Joseph Thurston |

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.

A View into History at Devils Postpile by SCA Member Leslie Redman

Posted by Leslie Redman |
Tioga Pass, gateway to an SCA internship at Devils Postpile National Monument

Driving into Yosemite National Park via Tioga Pass offers a prelude to the magnificent scenic views of the park’s wilderness.

Before beginning my internship at Devils Postpile National Monument, I made a pilgrimage to Yosemite National Park to experience John Muir’s Range of Light firsthand.

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2009 work skills training at Salmon-Challis National Forest in Idaho. Photo via the SCA facebook group.This is the twenty-eighth 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.

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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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SCA and American Eagle Outfitter’s Alternative Spring Break kicked off yesterday with the arrival of 30 excited crew members at Everglades National Park! Over the next four weeks, 120 college students will be working in the Everglades and at Joshua Tree National Park to conserve some of the country’s most beautiful and endangered wild areas.

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To celebrate the first week of school, SCA Manchester’s Conservation Leadership Corps recently took a trip to Vermont for a tour of the University of Vermont and a visit to Knoll Farm. Leaving shortly after school ended, we made the 3 hour journey up to Jericho Research Forest, a piece of land owned by UVM and used as a part of many classes.

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