Connecting Youth to Nature: National Parks Week
It’s National Park Week! SCA recently caught up with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and talked about national parks, connecting youth to nature, and the woman who started it all…
Can you give us a preview of next year’s national park centennial?
The centennial in 2016 gives us all an opportunity to elevate...
Diversity, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities
Exelon Employees Kick Off National Volunteer Week with Chicago Conservation
On April 10th, SCA teamed up with national supporter Exelon to kick off National Volunteer Week with hands-on service at Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago.
Animals & Wildlife, Education, Kids, Science
SCA Member Sarika Khanwilkar Waves her Machete for Invasive Species Awareness Week
An invasion is occurring right now, all over the country. Lining roads, populating waterways and lurking in your own backyard, non-native plants and animals have hitched a ride with humans and spread across continents. Whether they were transported intentionally or as cargo ship stowaways, in ecosystems where these new species...
Coasts & Water, Education, Invasives, Parks, Wetlands
ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Get the Queens Waterfront Ready for Spring
New York City just can’t seem to escape the wintry weather this season, but that doesn’t stop SCA ConSERVE NYC volunteers from working to get the city’s public lands in shape for spring.
Seriously, forget the NCAA Final Four. This is truly March Madness.
Bears playing basketball. I repeat: Bears playing basketball.
Bear Family Plays Basketball
Can the teams of the NCAA Final Four compete with the ball handling skills of these bears? Bears are curious animals. They often play with strange or novel objects they find.
Animals & Wildlife
Kahmia Moise rediscovers her city with SCA & the National Park Service
Posted by Staff | Thursday, April 2, 2015
ABOVE: Kahmia (right) yanks invasives at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in New York City.
NPS ACADEMY 2015 – NEW YORK HARBOR By: Kahmia Moise
In order to be successful one must first, love what they do; second, love who they do it with; and third, love what they do it for,” said former...
...Plus ways to reduce our overall use
Can I recycle this plastic bag? What about this candy wrapper? Such questions are frequently asked in these thoroughly packaged times, yet not so easily answered.
Grist.org offers some assistance with a handy guide to what plastic items can be recycled and where, but this recent episode of...
Climate, Education, Sustainability
Thank you for your support
Posted by Staff | Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Thank you! We made it…and it’s all because of you. With your support, we were able to meet our fiscal-year end goal. This means that in the next year, your support will help ensure that even more young people can be a vital part of our legacy to protect, conserve...
What is the National Park Service doing to attract young people? SCA is an answer!
SCA Leaders Jean Bartholomew and Emily Fonti made a guest appearance on CNN this weekend — starring in Morgan Spurlock’s “Inside Man” episode examining the role of young people in National Parks.
Career Success, Education, Kids, Parks
Each morning, my teaching partner Nathan and I drive to Florida, Massachusetts to begin teaching at Gabriell Abbott Memorial School. It is a forty-minute drive, through twists and turns, down many hills and then up a mountain. Sometimes we get stuck behind a school bus...
New England winters are tough: freezing temperatures, multiple feet of snow just piled high on the ground at all times, bitter winds that rip through your down jacket like you weren’t even wearing one. What really makes it tough though is how hard it is...
A not so unusual Friday here in Hawley, when the Emma L. Miller Elementary School joined us for the day. The 4th and 5th graders built this quinzhee hut as a part of our wilderness survival lesson for them. This quinzhee is a hollowed out mound of snow that as...
2015 "I <3 Snow" Photo Contest Winners
Posted by Staff | Monday, March 23, 2015
Announcing the winning entries to SCA’s 2015 “I <3 Snow” Photo Contest! Thanks to everyone who entered.
Thursday, March 26
Serve Somewhere Unexpected
ABOVE: Jewel Cave looking all cavey and whatnot.
Sure. You could spend a few months serving the planet with SCA at a world famous national park, working around tourists, instagramming thoroughly oggled geysers in your spare time. Your friends back home will check their phones and be all like, “Oh....
Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Climate, Coasts & Water, Diversity, Education, Endangered Species, Forests, History, Kids, Parks, People, Science, Sustainability, Volunteer Opportunities, Wetlands
Serve Somewhere Unexpected
ABOVE: St. Regis Canoe Area
Sure. You could spend a few months serving the planet with SCA at a world famous national park, working around tourists, instagramming thoroughly oggled geysers in your spare time. Your friends back home will check their phones and be all like, “Oh. Look at that....
Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Climate, Coasts & Water, Diversity, Education, Endangered Species, Forests, History, Invasives, Kids, Parks, Science, Sustainability, Volunteer Opportunities, Wetlands
The closest you'll get to being there without being there...
If you love parks as much as we do, you’ll L-O-V-E this video from More Than Just Parks.
The “rock” at :44? Priceless!
MTJP | Joshua Tree from More Than Just Parks on Vimeo.
Help us protect such public lands treasures forever and ever. Donate today. ...
Backcountry & Wilderness, Coasts & Water
Photos that warmed us up to a cold, cold winter
ABOVE: Another entry by grand prize winner Bernice Ngo, this one titled Ready to Climb.
Wow, what a winter it’s been! For the I <3 Snow Photo Contest, we called for images that would inspire people to embrace the great outdoors in spite of the cold. It’s a good...
Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Parks
More Emerald Internships at SCA
At SCA, we see green all year, but we definitely see a lot more of it around St. Patrick’s Day. Here are some more extra-emerald internships, highlighted alongside a few green-themed fun facts. Apply today…
- Ireland is The Emerald Isle and Seattle is Emerald City, renowned for...
Building a Public Lands Workforce that's as Diverse as the America that it Serves
ABOVE: Ranger Glenn leads SCA NPS Academy members on an ecology hiking featuring the ﬂora and geology of the Great Smokies.
Each spring for the last 5 years, young conservationists of diverse background have come together from colleges and universities all over the country, converging at select national parks to begin...
Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Diversity, Education, Kids, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities
Emerald Internships at SCA
Posted by Staff | Friday, March 13, 2015
Lots of people are going green this week to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day but at SCA, green is a 24-7-365 way of life. Here’s some St. Paddy’s Day trivia and related intern opportunities. Apply now and, with the luck of the Irish, you could soon land the jig – I mean gig – of a lifetime!