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 Cecilia Aleman | Wednesday, April 8, 2020

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic (which was after we took the photo above), SCA alum Sarah spoke about how her SCA experience helped to build coping skills like, “how to make bread. how to spend time alone, in the forest in quiet contemplation, or play killer card games.”

It...

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Thursday, March 19, 2020
This. This post is everything right now. These are trying times indeed, but if we sit back and reflect on the words Sarah recently posted in SCA’s Alumni Facebook group, we will know we are well-prepared and will get through this together. We are grateful to the many who...

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Wednesday, March 18, 2020

It’s no secret that many of us are feeling confined right now. Between anxiety-inducing headlines and canceled social gatherings, our mental health is taking a hard hit. Aside from listening to podcasts, reading new books, and learning recipes, you might be wondering if there are other remedies to greatly reduce...

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Wednesday, March 11, 2020
In continuing our celebration of AmeriCorps Week 2020, Alumna Simone Maule reflects on her SCA AmeriCorps experience that provided the opportunity to serve a local New Hampshire community and created a path towards a career in environmental education.

My Experience

During my SCA term, I had the privilege of serving as...

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Monday, March 9, 2020
To celebrate AmeriCorps Week 2020, we are sharing the service stories of SCA AmeriCorps alumni and how their experiences impacted them. Anna Kellner took the plunge and explored challenges she had never encountered before, and those challenges ultimately ended up being the greatest reward. In her own words, here is...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Monday, March 2, 2020

In February, we introduced SCA interns – and twins – Megan and Katie Woods, who are researching underplayed yet essential moments from Boston’s past at the National Parks of Boston. In her blog, Megan examined the presence of African Americans on the local historical landscape. To bridge Black History Month...

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Monday, February 24, 2020
SCA Alum Jacob Solon acquired many skills from his time as a member of the Excelsior Conservation Corps that are now applicable at his current professional role.

HOW I FOUND IT AND WHY I JOINED

I found the ECC while attending the spring 2018 job fair put on by
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Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Friday, February 14, 2020

SCA interns – and sisters – Megan and Katie Woods are researching rarely recognized yet essential moments in US history at the National Parks of Boston. In a fortuitous turn, their work coincides with this, African American History Month, and March’s Women’s History Month. Here is Part One of their...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Thursday, February 13, 2020

Few if any calendars make note of it, and Hallmark has no greeting card for it, but February is National Youth Leadership Month. A time to advance and celebrate the rising leaders among us who are making a difference in our communities and the world at large.

Of course, that’s a...

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Jane Clark’s experience as a member of SCA’s Excelsior Conservation Corps provided valuable leadership skills, the opportunity to work on a team, and how to balance heavy workloads. 

How I Found It and Why I Joined

I joined the Excelsior Conservation Corps a year after graduating from college with my...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Friday, January 24, 2020

SCA volunteers are known for their contributions to America’s parks and forests, but often less recognized is the extraordinary influence site supervisors have on these young stewards. Rangers, biologists, trail foremen, and others instruct, advise, and inspire SCA members on a daily basis, helping to shape everything from their perspectives...

Service in Honor of MLK Jr. Day

Posted by Ally Ratliff | Tuesday, January 21, 2020

On Monday, January 20th, Student Conservation Association (SCA), in sponsorship with American Express and Southwest Airlines, teamed up with National Park Service (NPS) to serve at Anacostia National Park. In honor of MLK Jr. Day, over 150 community volunteers came out to help remove litter from the park shoreline and...

Parks, Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Tuesday, January 14, 2020

By Nancy Fernandez

Jessica Zamudio and I first met in 2015 when we were both selected to participate in a special internship program run by the Student Conservation Association that introduced undergraduate and graduate students to career opportunities in the National Park Service. For students, it can offer the experience of...

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Monday, January 13, 2020
These are the photos that the SCA Instagram community liked best in 2019! Whether you're looking for stunning outdoor landscapes or stories of adventure from the field of conservation, our Instagram posts had something for everyone last year. You can follow along in 2020 and beyond at @the_sca and...

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Friday, December 27, 2019

As the season officially transitions from fall to winter in the United States, the country’s scenic landscapes go through their own spectacular changes as well. While temperatures can drop to a frightfully bitter level, many parks transform into winter wonderlands with an abundance of activities and pastimes that anyone can...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Monday, December 16, 2019

by Miles Starr Radin, SCA Intern

“Are we gonna see a gorilla?!” one student asks as she steps off the bus. For most, it is their first time at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) at Tinicum in Philadelphia.

As Ranger Kelly Kemmerle reminds them that they are not that far from...

Posted by Lukas Miller | Monday, December 16, 2019

On December 16, 2019 the SCA partnered with Timberland, RootDown LA and NBA in Los Angeles to restore a community garden space at local middle School. In total, there were 102 volunteers and SCA alumni leaders who supported several urban greening projects, while Timberland and NBA Cares outfitted middle school...

Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Thursday, November 21, 2019

Thanksgiving is considered a time for reflection and an opportunity to really recognize all we are grateful for. We are constantly surrounded by nature’s beauty, and without the passion and dedication of individuals who care so strongly about the environment, the lands we adore would not be protected. While there...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Wednesday, November 6, 2019
by Miles Starr Radin, SCA visitor services intern
 

The young boy practically jumps out of the car. “Don’t forget the arrows!” he shouts to his dad as he races to the gate.

It is still dark at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) at Tinicum. Gold and red

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Posted by Cecilia Aleman | Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Started in 2010, the SCA Veterans Fire Corps trains and engages teams of recent-era military veterans in wildland fire mitigation and forestry. Projects include fuels reduction, fire effects monitoring, educational outreach, pre-fire preparation of burn units, and participation in prescribed fires. 
 
Since August, an SCA team of veterans...

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