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.

Tell the World that You Chose to #OptOutside Instead of Shopping!

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with loved ones to celebrate the people and places and ideas for which we are most thankful.

As conservationists, parks and trails and other outdoor spaces where we can go to commune with nature are near the top of our “thankful for” list. The best...


250 Volunteers Plant 1500 Trees to Celebrate Those Who Serve

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, November 14, 2016

In honor of Veterans Day, SCA brought together over 250 volunteers in New York City for a Find Your Park Day of Service at Jacob Riis Park in Queens.

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

Featured Earthsaver for the #Next100

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Friday, November 11, 2016

“A good leader has to be a good listener – it’s about finding out what motivates people, and then working with people’s motivations to accomplish things together.”

Career Success, Education, Parks, People

Featured Earthsaver for the #Next100

Posted by Michael Cronin | Thursday, November 10, 2016
Melanie Vanvoorhees is proudly serving as a Centennial Volunteer Ambassador at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, former home of President Theodore Roosevelt

“Working with SCA and Sagamore Hill National Historic Site has made me realize conservation has a strong presence in American history and we need to keep that presence strong.”

Education, History, Kids, Parks, People

...so you can cast your vote for conservation.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, November 7, 2016

SCA’s mission is to inspire and empower the next generation of conservation leaders, and we take the leadership part of our work every bit as seriously as the conservation part. Because voting is an important part of being a leader (how can you claim to be a leader in your...

Education, People

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Wednesday, November 2, 2016
As SCA’s 2016 Hudson Valley AmeriCorps program reaches its conclusion, we salute member Sarah Lipuma whose Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines Project proposal recently earned the Judges’ Choice Award at MIT’s Climate CoLab
This initiative, which advocates a number of nature-based remedies to reduce the damaging effects of...

SCA members share their best leaf-peeping shots

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Mt. Rainier from the Alta Vista Trail by Caroline Meleedy, SCA NPS Centennial Interpretive Media Intern at Mt. Rainier National Park.

ABOVE: Mt. Rainier from the Alta Vista Trail by Caroline Meleedy, SCA NPS Centennial Interpretive Media Intern at Mt. Rainier National Park. Credit Caroline Meleedy/NPS

Whether or not you’re rightly placed in time and space to witness it, vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds sweep across America’s deciduous regions every...

Forests, Parks

Featured Earthsaver for the #Next100

Posted by Michael Cronin | Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Anthony Peters and other SCA crew members on the trail in DC

“I want to help new generations of students feel the same excitement I felt about protecting our parks when I first joined SCA over nine years ago.”

Education, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Friday, October 28, 2016
On Thursday (Oct 28) night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow closed her program with a rather tasty morsel, reporting that Hillary Clinton has pledged to maintain the White House Kitchen Garden if she is elected.
The Kitchen Garden was planted in the Spring of 2009 by First Lady Michelle Obama

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, October 28, 2016
A concentration mill in an abandoned mining town in the Kennecott Historic District of Wrangell St. Elias National Park, via Richard Droker.

Author: Joe Thurston

Consider this: many of the primary reasons that people enjoy hiking— expedited blood flow, quiet seclusion, elevated heart rate, adrenalizing natural thrills—are the very same reasons that other people seek to place themselves in situations where they’re likely to encounter the shrieking mad ghosts of poor, eternal grudge-bearing...

This year the company asks Americans "Will You Go Out With Us?"

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, October 24, 2016

Last year, when REI chose to close its 149 stores on Black Friday, giving its 12,287 employees a paid day off and urging its customers to spend the day enjoying the great outdoors rather than inside shopping, 170 organizations and over 1.4 million people joined the company in...


Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, October 24, 2016

Former SCA intern and current wildlife technician, Diana Gu, checks in from Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.

A Tough Choice Between 3 Appealing Candidates

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Love voting? Angry that after such a long, hard election season, you only get to vote once?

Well, here’s a chance to vote again in a different kind of presidential contest, one that requires a tough choice between 3 equally appealing candidates.

Instead of politicians, you’ll be voting for music videos...

Diversity, Education, History, Parks, People

An Encore Presentation of the SCA AmeriCorps DOI Snapchat Takeover

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, October 19, 2016

3 SCA interns recently got to takeover Department of Interior’s Snapchat account for a day as part of AmeriCorps’ social media celebration of their 1 millionth member milestone.

As you might guess, the 3 interns (Anna Gibson, Emilia Schrier, and Alaggio Laurino) in quesion were pretty excited for the opportunity to...

Parks, People

The future of conservation may depend on YOUR vote

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, October 18, 2016

by Joe Thurston, SCA

At the core of SCA’s mission is our effort to grow and empower the next generation of conservation leaders. Key to any sort of leadership, conservation or otherwise, is civic engagement. One can’t claim to be a leader within a democratic society if one declines to...

Climate, Diversity, Education, History, People

Learning how to expand impact to all youth

Posted by Staff | Monday, October 17, 2016

The Student Conservation Association believes in changing young lives through service to nature. SCA trained young adults to use their natural talents to mentor the youth they encountered during their SCA experience exponentially affecting and increasing the ability to impact youth through conservation service.

In 2016, SCA convened a summit of...

Education, Kids, Parks

Allison Joyce, SCA intern and conservationists

Posted by Staff | Thursday, October 13, 2016

This is the story of the impact that SCA has on a young person’s passion and future ambitions as a conservationist through the eyes of  one intern. Allison Joyce is an SCA Centennial Volunteer Ambassador at John Muir, Rosie the Riverter, Eugene O’Neill and Port Chicago National Historic Parks. Her...

Career Success, Parks

Posted by David Kopshever | Thursday, October 6, 2016

By SCA Media Intern David Kopshever

The wolf is perhaps the most misunderstood and polarizing animal species ever encountered by human-kind. Fear, hatred, and demonization of the wolf have deep roots in Western culture. Looking back at American history with the wolf shows why human concepts of morality and ethics should...

Posted by David Kopshever | Thursday, October 6, 2016
Mountains and waterfalls surround Amalik Bay (NPS Photo/D. Kopshever)

By SCA Media Intern David Kopshever

Amalik Bay is a world of contrast. Vibrant green islands and bursting waterfalls reminiscent of a tropical paradise clash with bitter rain and gusts of wind at a moments notice. Spiring cliffs rise 3,000 feet from the ocean and into the clouds. At the base...

Featured Earthsavers for the #Next100

Posted by Michael Cronin | Monday, October 3, 2016
FEMA Corps Team Blue 3 conducting erosion repair at SCA's Find Your Park 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.

“I serve because it gives me a purpose greater than myself, and I think that is really important.”

Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities