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 Megan McVey | Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Just because it’s snowing across the country and winter is here, doesn’t mean SCA interns and volunteers have hung up their tools and put away their hard hats for the season. SCA is still busy building trails with Seattle Parks & Recreation and the Seattle Trails...

Posted by Megan McVey | Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Camp SCA

Are you or someone you know looking to enroll a child in summer camp? Look no further! The Student Conservation Association (SCA) and Camp Horizons have joined forces to create Camp SCA, an exciting opportunity for 12-15 year olds who are passionate about preserving the environment...

Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, December 11, 2017

Finding time in our busy schedules to go out and enjoy nature can be difficult in the best of weather. But in winter, the challenge becomes even greater: it’s colder, roads and parks may be full of snow and ice, and, as it gets dark earlier, there’s simply not as...

Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, December 4, 2017
The 5 Best National Parks for Winter Day Hikes

Winter is not the season usually associated with hiking in our national parks, and for good reason: whether you like rafting or fishing, biking or boating or backcountry camping under the stars, our parks provide an endless source of fun to fill...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Monday, December 4, 2017
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which inflicted $200B in damage upon the City of Houston, SCA spoke with Ingrid Piña, a 17-year old SCA volunteer, just after her local crew began to assist with the clean-up.
What did you see out there?
That first day, we surveyed...

5 Easy Ways to Build a Christmas Bird Feeder

Posted by Megan McVey | Friday, December 1, 2017
A Holiday Craft That’s For the Birds

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Well, not quite yet, but it’s getting close. And while we’re hanging up our stockings and singing carols around the fire with a cup of eggnog in hand, our little feathered friends outside could use a touch of the Christmas spirit, too....

Posted by Megan McVey | Thursday, November 30, 2017

Service Project: Volunteers in partnership with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department will help bring the park back to it’s beautiful, natural state. Teams will help with litter and debris removal, invasive plant removal, habitat restoration and plantings.

Gratitude in Conservation

Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, November 20, 2017

It’s Thanksgiving season again, time to gather around the table with family and friends and reflect upon the things we are thankful for. And as we fill our tables with turkeys and fixings, we here at the Student Conservation Association have plenty to feel grateful about. Here are five of them:...

Posted by Hayden Sloan | Monday, November 20, 2017
Sustainability, the Holidays, and You!

While we’re celebrating, let’s remember the steps we’ve taken toward sustainability this year. With sweets, gift-giving, and feasting galore, don’t forget to Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. 

Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, November 20, 2017


The Conservation Games are like a schoolyard field day, fall festival, and outdoor volunteer project all in one! There will be volunteer projects, food, music, and zany, engaging spectacles. Join us for some family-friendly fun that showcases the wide variety of skills and activities involved with conservation and youth development....

3 places in the United States that need our help now

Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, November 20, 2017

With three distinct climate zones and a terrain that spans two coasts, the United States is home to a rich and wide variety of habitats, topography, vegetation, and animals, many of which are sheltered by our incredible national park system. But faced with threats of over-development, pollution, and climate change,...

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, November 20, 2017

This November, as part of “MUFG Gives Back” Volunteer Month, SCA teamed up with MUFG Union Bank to hold ConSERVE events in five cities nationwide, with more than 400 volunteers participating. In New York City, Seattle, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Oakland, MUFG employee volunteers worked side-by-side with SCA youth and...

Posted by Megan McVey | Wednesday, November 8, 2017

There is something special about a campfire – it draws us in with its magic and heat, encouraging conversation, music, and intimacy. In this digital age, when it’s so easy for us to be distracted and to disappear into our own devices, sitting around a fire in the dark pulls...

Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, November 6, 2017

Our 2020 infographics illustrate the profound impact that broad reach and proven programming have allowed us to achieve in a calendar year. All while facing this year’s unprecedented challenges, SCA adapted to meet conservation needs at both national and local levels. See what supporters like you helped accomplish!

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Save Energy, Save the Environment

Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, October 30, 2017
7 Energy Conservation Hacks for Around the House

For many of us, the winter season means sweaters and shorter hours of daylight. With a typical family spending nearly 30% of its annual energy bill in heating, there is no better time to start thinking about how to save both money and energy while helping the environment...

Expanding Career Opportunities for People of Color in the Environmental Sciences

Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, October 16, 2017
Diversity in Conservation

There’s never been a better time to work in the environmental sciences. The field is in rapid expansion, with average salaries of $68,910 per year, nearly double the median annual wage, and employment in the sector is projected to continue to grow by some 11% through 2024. “Heightened public interest...

5 Ways to Green Your Grocery List

Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, October 2, 2017

As the saying goes, we are what we eat. And that doesn’t stop with our bodies: the food choices we make greatly affect our environment, as well. But when we push our carts into the supermarket every week, the sheer amount of choice can be overwhelming. How can we go...

Posted by Hayden Sloan | Monday, October 2, 2017

Before kids even get to their classrooms, we can start teaching them how to make conscientious, earth-friendly choices. One change at a time, we are creating the next generation of conservation leaders. If you’ve found yourself wondering how to get through the school year more sustainably, this post is for you.

SCA Goes International to Restore Urban Forests in Canada with Domtar

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, September 27, 2017

This September, SCA leaders went international to battle invasives species in the urban forests of Montreal — teaming up with national supporter Domtar to restore Parc Thomas-Chapais.

Forests, Kids, Parks, Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Megan McVey | Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Gap Years: What Does the Research Say?

For American high school students, applying to college sometimes feels like a fulltime job. Grades and transcripts, sports and extracurriculars, essays and SATs, AP classes and early admissions—the pressure can be intense. After all of that work, postponing matriculation for a year might feel a little counterintuitive. And few do:...