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.

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:...

Creating Avenues of Opportunity In Nature

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Most SCA members will tell you they are motivated by a love of nature, a concern for the environment, or a desire to give back. However, when asked what prompted him to toil through a long, hot summer, Joshua George ruefully shook his head. “Jail,” he replied.

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Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Tuesday, September 26, 2017

On Alaska’s North Slope this summer, a team of SCA interns spent long days trapping rodents, documenting plant diversity, and collecting soil and water samples. Working conditions were often extreme. Despite 24-hour daylight, summer temperatures could dip below freezing. One day the sky might be filled with wind-whipped rain, the...

Posted by Hayden Sloan | Thursday, September 21, 2017

By SCA Community Engagement Fellow Hayden Sloan

Aluminum (or Aluminium, if you’re not from the US) is an abundant element within Earth’s surface— but getting it out of the ground is an arduous process, requiring heavy machinery to plow up acres and acres of land. Fortunately, the environmental impact...

How Being in Nature Can Prevent and Treat Opioid Addiction

Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, September 18, 2017

Opioid addiction in the United States has reached epidemic levels. More than 183,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses between 1999 and 2015, with the number of annual fatalities quadrupling over the same period. Last year alone, drug overdoses exceeded some 59,000, the largest-ever annual jump in...

150 Volunteers Honor 9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance

Posted by Michael Cronin | Wednesday, September 13, 2017

With support from American Express, SCA rallied a force of 150 volunteers at NYC and DC ConSERVE Events to commemorate the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Megan McVey | Friday, September 8, 2017

September is back-to-school time, but cracking the books doesn’t mean you have to give up on conservation. With the Student Conservation Association’s Community Crews, you can build trails, conserve habitats, and restore parks, waterfronts and urban landscapes right in your own neighborhood – an effort made even more...

Posted by Megan McVey | Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Congratulations: after long hours of research, reflection, and work – including, perhaps, an internship with SCA – you’ve decided to devote your professional life to protecting the environment. But as you visit campuses, fill out applications, and write essays, you’re probably wondering what it is you should actually...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Friday, September 1, 2017

Several SCA interns are highlighted in the initial segment of KTVA-TV’s “Frontiers” program from Lake Clark National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Specifically, you’ll see and hear the interns from the 3:45 mark through the end of the report at 7:10. Park Ranger Eileen Audette, also featured in this segment,...

Posted by Hayden Sloan | Friday, August 25, 2017
Stamford #NestléCares Leader Spotlight – In Their Own Words

Introducing the seven exceptional leaders who were chosen to represent the SCA at the #NestléCares events in Stamford, CT on August 10th! Together, they formed a well-rounded group from diverse backgrounds and they completed each task with a smile. I was thrilled to get to know...

Helping you live a low-waste lifestyle!

Posted by Hayden Sloan | Monday, August 21, 2017

So you’re trying to live the trash-free life…but some waste is just unavoidable! I’m with you. It can be overwhelming to give up the conveniences of modern life. Even just going to the grocery store and not ending up with a cart full of unrecyclable packaging is a challenge.