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.

Centennial Volunteer Ambassador Joshua Kezar at Big Cypress

Posted by Staff | Thursday, July 9, 2015

ABOVE: My office for the afternoon…

“On the edge of a moment, in a land that we love, at a time that our best has to be good enough. Like all those before us, we start out alone, we race from our schoolyards into the unknown…you and I, we will live differently…this...

SCA member Angel Bai writes from Big Muddy

Posted by Staff | Thursday, July 9, 2015
SCA Member Angel Bai's intro to Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge

Growing up in LA County, the Los Angeles River was rarely more than a dry concrete channel. The current drought is among the most severe California has ever experienced, forcing residents to drastically cut water usage. You hear about distant lands with earth so dry it becomes hard and cracked,...

SCA member Jessica West is helping to restore a critical wetland habitat

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, July 7, 2015
ABOVE: a sandhill crane. Photo via Wikipedia.

Try to imagine a place where all of the plants look exactly the same; where there was once a beautiful, unique environment that was thriving with a multitude of diverse plant species. An environment that has undergone this change is the Cowles Bog at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. What...

Animals & Wildlife, Endangered Species, Invasives, Wetlands

SCA member Sarika Khanwilkar helps mitigate a global conservation problem

Posted by Sarika Khanwilkar | Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Martin County gathered at Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge with Sarika Khanwilkar for a marine debris beach clean-up.

All of us live on Earth, but nowadays the natural world is hard to find. Most of us spend the day surrounded by asphalt roads,...

Coasts & Water, Education, Endangered Species, History, Kids, Science, Sustainability

Written with pride by Kahmia Moise

Posted by Staff | Monday, July 6, 2015

ABOVE: Kahmia at Gateway National Recreation Area’s NYC Pride table. 

Centennial Volunteer Ambassador Proud Moment #1:

I brought Gateway National Recreation Area to NYC Pride!!!

The idea first sparked in my head last year while interning in Washington, DC for National Capital Parks- East at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic...

Career Success, Education, People

A Step by Step Guide to Conducting Duck Surveys & Enjoying Ice Cream with Your Fellow Interns

Posted by Elizabeth Braatz | Monday, June 29, 2015

A field dispatch from SCA member Elizabeth Braatz, currently serving as a Career Discovery Internship Program intern for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

I have never identified ducks before. Nor have I ever driven a UTV (Utility Task Vehicle), searched for Karner blue butterflies, or sloshed through wetlands in...

Science, Wetlands, Animals & Wildlife

A Field Dispatch from Dakota McCoy, SCA Bear Management Intern

Posted by Dakota McCoy | Thursday, June 25, 2015
SCA Bear Management Intern Dakota McCoy puts a GPS Collar on a 9-year-old male bear named Blue 54

ABOVE: Blue 54, a 9-year-old male, after receiving his new GPS collar. (NPS photo by Katie Rodriguez)

The Dogwoods have bloomed and the Sierra’s snow caps are melting, which can only mean one thing in Yosemite National Park – summer! Waking up to the rumbling sound of Yosemite...

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Parks, Science

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, June 24, 2015

There are many new things I’ve learned while working with the SCA, from how to chop wood to what a lap joint is and the alarmingly massive amount of Cheez-it’s hungry people can consume. Not only have I gained these new skills (except for my impressive cheez-it consumption- that’s always...

SCA alum Lian Law on her time as a Live Stream Video Intern at Denali National Park

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, June 19, 2015
SCA alum Lian Law at Denali National Park, Alaska

This is PART 2 of our Q & A with SCA alum Lian Law. CLICK HERE FOR PART 1.

Working 5 days a week in an iconic park like Joshua Tree, after a while, does it just start to feel like any other place?
Sometimes after I’ve spent my...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Education

Lian Law, SCA alum, inspires awe with photos & video of America's parks

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, June 19, 2015

An SCA internship at Denali National Park and Preserve may not seem like a natural choice for a a Film and Media Studies major, but for Lian Law, who grew up taking family vacations to parks all over the country, an NPS Live Stream Production Internship was a perfect fit....

80 Volunteers Work to Bring Native Species Back to Los Angeles

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, June 15, 2015

During the month of June, Discovery Communications organizes thousands of its employees throughout the world to give back through their “Discover Your Impact Day.” On June 12th, SCA joined in to help their efforts by organizing a conservation project on the Los Angeles River with over 80 local Discovery Communications employees.

Posted by Staff | Monday, June 15, 2015
Michelle Bobowick, Interning with SCA in Yellowstone National Park, 1985

It was 1958, when our family affair with the Student Conservation Association began. Since, then our family has continued its commitment to improving the world around us through SCA.

Parks, People

Posted by Staff | Thursday, June 11, 2015

Photos of SCA Crews, Members and Founders from the archives

From Mountain Paths to Urban Greenways, SCA Celebrates the Nation's Trails

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This National Trails Day, SCA members and alumni were at work at ten events from coast to coast, taking in the beauty of our nation’s trails and building resiliency for future visitors.

Trails and Hiking

Part 2 of our Q&A with the Visual Information Specialist & SCA alum

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, June 9, 2015

NPS ranger and SCA alum Michael Liang received some much deserved praise from Out Magazine recently for the work he does to make sure that America’s national parks and historical sites feel welcoming, relevant, and representative to people of all backgrounds, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

Here’s Part 2...

Posted by Staff | Monday, June 8, 2015

Our hitch was a good one. It was filled with long work filled days, with miles of walking on trails not meant for a walking person. On average we managed about 10 miles a day on trails made for dirt bikes. Well trails not even made for dirt bikes, as...

NPS Visual Information Specialist, Outreach "Spokesranger" for the LGBT Community, SCA Alum

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, June 4, 2015

NPS ranger and SCA alum Michael Liang received some much deserved praise from Out Magazine recently for the work he does to make sure that America’s national parks and historical sites feel welcoming, relevant, and representative to people of all backgrounds, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

Liang, who is...

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sometimes your fondest memories are the big accomplishments, like closing off an illegal trail head with an excessively large tree; or finally getting down that darn tree that was hung up all afternoon with the help of the Freetown Fire Department. And yes, these two moments were...

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The forearm.  An often forgotten muscle group, forever in the shadow of the impressive bicep.  When working on trails in forests and public lands, you begin to flex and tear muscles you never knew you had, including your forearm. What develops in this area is called the Trail Forearm, specifically...

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Tuesday, June 2, 2015

           On our hitch there was one fateful day. Right in the middle of our 10 day hitch of building rock steps on Mt Watatic there was a catastrophe. A dreadful, terrible, tragedy had bestowed the crew. Our camping stove had started to spit fire and...