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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SCA staff member Ashley Hansen provided us with this account of volunteering on Inauguration Day:I witnessed history.I witnessed hundreds of volunteers gather for a 5 am check-in to serve our country.I witnessed my fellow volunteers flow into Starbucks on the corner of 14th and New York Ave to stay warm while the staff called in for backup and fixed the broken toilet.

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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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If anyone had told me a year ago that I would spend spring break 2012 planting seedlings on a burned out hillside, yanking weeds from a sandy desert basin, or counting turtles in Southern California, I would probably have been skeptical; but, as things have turned out, this has been a great week.

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A lot has happened in the past 2 weeks. The Piping Plover chick watches ended July 11th so now we just do routine checks on them every day. They seem to have done well this year with around 25 chicks on our three beaches. They are still as cute as ever but are getting to be pretty big. Seven on Crescent Beach have already fledged.

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Let me tell y’all about some wildlife right quick.

Mississippi, or as I like to call it “Sippiland,” is a state teeming with various species-of animal and human-that I’ve never before had the pleasure of meeting. Or displeasure, in reference to these irritating mosquitoes.

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The weather has finally decided to cool off here and the crew absolutely loves it! Since we’ve started, the temperature has ranged from the upper ninety’s to the triple digits, with a heat index this past Saturday of 110!

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Looking back on my last blog post, I realize that I may have started off on the wrong foot. This time around, instead of writing on the topic of bears, near and dear to my outdoors experience so far, I’ll get back to the basics by giving a proper introduction to my day-to-day life.

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Photos By Justin PoehneltCutting a tree over a hiking trail in the Frank Church Wilderness with a two person crosscut saw.More by JustinTrail Bridge Construction - 60 Second Time Lapse VideoFlorida Trail Bridge Construction - PhotosMore Photos on Justin’s Flickr

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Above: Wolfweed Wetlands—San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge

I love the idea of working for a government environmental agency—National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife, etc.—so when I got offered a position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, I was definitely happy. When I was told I would be working in Water Resources, I was ecstatic.

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This Post is by Alternative Spring Break Crew 2After some exciting travel experiences (including lost luggage, lost driver’s license, and lost people), the crew finally all arrived at the Grand Canyon ready for adventures. After a bracing/frigid/chilly/exciting evening, the crew woke up ready for more awesome cooking from their intrepid kitchen deity, Emily. To reacquaint themselves with limbs they had lost the feeling from, the group led each other in stretches, followed by general orientation to the week and its rules from Rebecca and Emily, then a game by Yoga Master Sam.

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Source: The WashCycle, October 31, 2012The Student Conservation Association, in conjunction with DDOT and NPS, performed hundreds of hours of service maintaining trails, removing trash and removing invasive species.SCA also partnered with the District Department of Transportation for the second year which helped fund 4 crews and 22 students in District parks and green spaces this summer.

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Written by guest blogger Micah Berman, ‘11 SCA National Crew, while in Alaska. Micah was a high school graduating Senior from New Hampshire during this trip. He is currently a Freshman at the University of Vermont.
As I’m sitting here next to this peaceful lake, way up in the back country of Alaska, I realize that I am at home.

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I like to rock climb, a lot. When I looked at this internship based out of Bear Brook State Park, the second thing I did was find out the location of the nearest cliff/boulder field. Since coming to New Hampshire, I’ve been able to get around to some really cool places. My friend Scott and I went to Franconia Notch State Park to climb Cannon Cliff.

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The weather has finally decided to cool off here and the crew absolutely loves it! Since we’ve started, the temperature has ranged from the upper ninety’s to the triple digits, with a heat index this past Saturday of 110!

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My work breaks away from the traditional SCA roles. I’m not cutting tread on a beautiful backcountry trail, or providing much needed disaster relief. I do not interact with wild animals or fires.

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Another post in our “best-photos-of-all-time” series. When it rains in Houston, well, it really rains. But this SCA crew didn’t seem to mind. They planted lots of trees and had some fun doing it.Thanks Misty Knight, Houston crewleader, for the great photos. Sign Up for News & Stories

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SCA’s Alternative Spring Break 2013 kicks off this week at Big Cypress National Preserve in Southern Florida.

Follow along right here as three members of the preserve’s 30-person crew provide daily accounts of their week-long conservation adventure, brought to you by SCA and American Eagle Outfitters.

Look for updates all month, with fresh bloggers every Monday, as this is just the first of

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The clean-up took place in Wednesday, April 15, 2009. SCA teamed up with Sullivan County ATV Club and Stevens High School to clean up a mile lone section of the Sugar River Trail. The clean-up was a huge success and we easily filled one large dumpster, and could have filled three more, so we had to stack it up in bags all around the dumpster. See the photos below for more!

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