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.

Yosemite National Park SCA Museum Intern

Posted by Dana Foster | Tuesday, July 12, 2016

As a SCA Museum Intern at Yosemite National Park, Dana Foster (Left) is sharpening her Cultural Resource Management skills and making it easier for people to connect with the historical and cultural resources that illuminate the connections between cultural identities and the land.

Diversity, History, Parks, People

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, June 30, 2016
Wendy Spencer welcomes participants to the 2016 Points of Light Conference

This June, Kate Hagner, Ann Pedtke, and Roland Richardson traveled to Detroit to represent SCA at the annual Points of Light Conference on Volunteering & Service — the largest service-related convening of nonprofit, government, business, and civic leaders in the world, welcoming more than 3,500 participants.

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Education, People

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Wednesday, June 29, 2016
by Logan Boldon, SCA Centennial Volunteer Ambassador
The National Park Service Centennial slogan is “Find Your Park” and, as of last Friday, the LGBTQ community has a park of their own. President Obama designated the Stonewall Inn in New York City as the country’s first national monument to...

Q&A with SCA alum Lizzy Corliss from the CDT

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Today, June 28th, SCA alumna Lizzy Corliss begins a 150 day, 3,000 mile journey along the Continental Divide Trail. She’s starting in East Glacier, MT, and when she reaches the Mexican border this fall, she will have completed the Triple Crown of Thru-Hiking, having trekked the Pacific Crest Trail in...

A Study of Student Conservation Association Programs

Posted by Megan McVey | Sunday, June 26, 2016

Author: Samantha MacDonald Solberg, Web and Social Media Specialist at Search Institute

When Search Institute senior research scientist Dr. Amy Syvertsen asked staff members at the Student Conservation Association (SCA) if they think of themselves as a youth development organization, she received a resounding “no.” In fact, “they laughed...

Kids, Volunteer Opportunities

SCA Intern Kiara Serantes on the Fight to Keep the Canyons Clean

Posted by Kiki Serantes | Wednesday, June 22, 2016

As we left the oven-like truck to trek toward one of Zion’s many ancient rock art panels, I wondered how much graffiti we’d have to clean up this time. Would there be more pecked smiley faces or barely legible initials sprawled across the centuries-old indigenous patterns? Would it be too...

Parks, People, Trails and Hiking

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Tuesday, June 21, 2016
By Jay Watson, SCA Western Region Vice President
Saturday, June 18th was quite a day in Yosemite Valley, and quite a day for me.
President Obama and his family spent the weekend in the park – part R&R, part PR – and a group of about 200 invitees...

Zion National Park Cultural Resources Intern

Posted by Kiki Serantes | Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Kiara "Kiki" Serantes, a SCA Cultural Resources Intern at Zion National Park, cleans up graffiti in one of the park's famous slot canyons.

As a Cultural Resources Intern at Zion National Park, Kiara “Kiki” Serantes is gaining the experience she’ll need to translate her writing and political skills into a career spent keeping the world’s wilderness safe from environmental negligence for at least the Next 100 years.

Diversity, Parks, People

6 Little Known Facts About SCA Founder Liz Putnam

Posted by Megan McVey | Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Liz Putnam, Founder of SCA

Liz started SCA to help protect America’s national parks, but some of her first wilderness experiences occurred in the Canadian North Woods.

Beginning at age 11, Liz would join her family on summer trips to a cabin on Lac a Moise in Quebec, a journey that included long train rides from New York followed by several days of paddling and portaging with the aid of Indian guides.

SCA Alum Jay Carter On Hand to Give Opening Speech

Posted by Megan McVey | Thursday, June 16, 2016
David Jayo, Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto, and Jay Carter kick off the Let's Move! Outside Pittsburgh initiative.

Today at Allegheny Commons park in the North Side of Pittsburgh, SCA joined community conservation leaders, City Rangers, YMCA staff and campers, Mayor Peduto, and David Jayo to kick off the Let’s Move! Outside Pittsburgh initiative. SCA alumni council member, Jay Carter, gave a speech to kick-off the inititative,...

Featured Earthsaver for the #Next100

Posted by Roland Richardson | Thursday, June 16, 2016
Group of young environmentalists from the FBR Branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

“We believe in the old adage ‘service is the rent you pay for living.’”

Diversity, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking, Volunteer Opportunities

A Small Riverfront Town Gets a Big Overhaul Thanks to Volunteers from Domtar & SCA

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Domtar employees join SCA for riverfront cleanup

On June 11th, SCA teamed up with national supporter Domtar to refurbish a community boardwalk along the Roanoke River in Plymouth, North Carolina — helping to revitalize the waterfront and bring new visitors to this historic small town.

Coasts & Water, History, Kids, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Featured Earthsaver for the #Next100

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, June 13, 2016
SCA leader Geovani Caldero leading Find Your Park volunteers

“Our generation has the responsibility (more than any other generation in our history) to confront and deal with serious environmental issues.”

Kids, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Adventure Journalist Michael A. Lanza Shares His Secrets

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, June 13, 2016

A former editor for Backpacker Magazine, Michael A. Lanza now makes his living blogging about the incredible outdoor adventures that he takes, often with his familiy, for his website, TheBigOutside.com

We recently talked with him about how he got his start, how climate change is affecting the wildnernesses he’s...

...Results in a Perfect Teaching Moment at Sequoia National Park

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, June 9, 2016

ABOVE: The note written by a recent young visitor to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. (Photo Credit: Meredith Elgart)

Why is it wrong (not to mention illegal) to remove plants from national parks?

In what turned out to be a beautiful (or should we say precious?) teaching moment last week, ...

Education, Forests, Kids, Parks

200+ SCA Volunteers Discover Manhattan's National Park Sites

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, June 6, 2016
200 Volunteers Gather on the steps of General Grant National Memorial

In celebration of National Trails Day and in support of the Find Your Park campaign, SCA brought together over 200 volunteers in New York City for a Find Your Park Day of Service at General Grant National Memorial.

Parks, People, Trails and Hiking, Volunteer Opportunities

200 SCA Find Your Park Volunteers Hit the Urban Trail

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, June 6, 2016
Young SCA volunteers on the trail at Fort Dupont Park

In celebration of National Trails Day and in partnership with American Express, SCA brought together nearly 200 volunteers for a Find Your Park Day of Service at Fort DuPont Park in southeast Washington, DC.

Parks, People, Trails and Hiking, Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, June 6, 2016

Find Your Park In Alaska

In honor of its 100thbirthday next year, the National Park Service has teamed up with the National Park Foundation and created the ‘Find Your Park’ campaign to introduce national parks to a new generation of Americans. The campaign encourages people across the U.S. to discover...

A small group of volunteers can make a BIG difference!

Posted by Staff | Saturday, June 4, 2016

In celebration of National Trails Day, SCA brought together over 40 volunteers in the Bay Area this weekend for a ConSERVE Bay Area event at Stern Grove Recreation Area in San Francisco.

Parks, Trails and Hiking

SCA Alumni Council Member Jeremy Taitano Returns to NPS Academy

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Friday, May 27, 2016
SCA NPS Academy members take in the New York skyline

Two years ago, I was an SCA NPS Academy member in the Grand Tetons. Thirty other college students and I had made the trip out to the Teton Science School in Wyoming to go through a week-long orientation, before we would all go on to serve in SCA internship positions...

Coasts & Water, History, Parks, People