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, February 14, 2017
Arctic sea ice loss has global impacts

Some of the most important climate news this winter has been around the alarming lack of sea ice in the Arctic, which has been in decline due to the steady rise in Earth’s average air and ocean temperatures. While suffering polar bears are a poignant symbol of climate change,...

Posted by Megan McVey | Tuesday, February 14, 2017
The Great Outdoors are Closer Than You Think

When it comes to escaping to the outdoors, popular culture tends toward images of vast stretches of isolated parkland. Places without buildings and cell phone service, where birds sing and the layers of grime clinging to your skin become a badge of honor.

While we highly recommend experiencing these sensations and...

Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, February 6, 2017

On a cold, sunny Saturday in January, Seattle alumni were in full force helping to create a healthy forest at the Maple Wood Playfield in South Seattle. Gathered together, with the current cohort of Seattle Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC) members, in honor of Martin Luther King Day, the group worked to clear invasive species and prepare the area for planting in the spring.Inspiration was abundant in both their actions and SCA stories.

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Wednesday, February 1, 2017
SCA Founder Liz Putnam and the Garden Club of America (GCA) go way back. Liz received GCA’s prestigious Margaret Douglas Medal for advancing conservation education in 1966 and has been a GCA member for 50 years. GCA provided SCA with important seed funding (no pun intended) in SCA’s early years...

Posted by Megan McVey | Wednesday, February 1, 2017
You Can Make a Difference: Climate Change

There has been a lot of talk in the news about our changing climate, from continuous record-breaking warmth to more extreme weather events. This feels pretty overwhelming, and makes it seem unlikely that one person can make a difference. But you can!

Armed with the power of...

Posted by Megan McVey | Friday, January 27, 2017

In his New York Times best-seller ‘Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food,’ author Paul Greenberg regularly refers to his 1988 SCA salmon monitoring internship in Oregon. “In my three months of stream surveying,” he writes, “I saw one fish.”

Despite spying just a single Chinook, Paul’s reconnoitering informed...

Posted by Megan McVey | Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Camping Series 2: Winter Gear List and Top Tips

Now that you’ve been hooked by the joy of camping, you’re probably gazing out the window, waiting for the parks to thaw. Good news! You don’t have to wait. And you shouldn’t wait! In fact, camping in cold weather provides its own special experiences to which even the most iconic...

Across the Country, SCA Volunteers Recognize MLK Day as a #DayOnNotDayOff

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, January 18, 2017

In New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Pittsburgh, and Washington DC, more than 1200 SCA ConSERVE volunteers mobilized to recognize MLK Day and connect the ideals of social and environmental justice.

History, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Megan McVey | Friday, January 13, 2017

The first project for SCA’s Houston Summer Crew this year took place at the White Oak Bayou and Park, in Houston, TX. There, the team served with the Houston Parks Board and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPaRD). Crew members set...

By volunteering and then serving with SCA, Caleb Sanders found valuable skills, a new purpose, and a new career.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Former conservation volunteer and SCA Leader Crew member Caleb Sanders works on an irrigation ditch as part of a major ecosystem restoration project in California's Southern Sierra Nevadas.

Written by Joseph Thurston

How does one go from conducting graduate research in Religious Studies at the University of Chicago to restoring endangered cuckoo species habitat as a professional Restoration Technician at a research station in Southern California, all in the span of a single year?

Caleb Sanders recently managed...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Endangered Species, People

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Friday, December 23, 2016
If you are home for the holidays this year, be sure to pause and consider your good fortune. 
“When I go to the grocery store now,” says SCA intern Katelyn Hillmeyer, “I’ll say to myself ‘hey, I can go home and make this’ before I remember I don’t have...

Posted by Megan McVey | Thursday, December 22, 2016

We made it to 2017 and, with the aid of so many loyal and generous friends, well beyond our end-of-the-year fundraising goal.

So, in addition to wishing you a very Happy New Year, let me also note how grateful I am for your continuing support of SCA and our...

Forestry professor confirmed outdoor experience's youth development value

Posted by Staff | Thursday, December 22, 2016

Written by Frances Harte, SCA Foundation Relations Specialist

“Whether experienced in a wilderness setting, a suburban backyard, or a city park, the natural environment offers a vital medium for self-discovery and an enhanced sense of self-worth and personal identity.”

This was the conclusion that Stephen Kellert and his research team reached in...

Education, People

Featured Earthsaver, SCA Alumni Council

Posted by Staff | Thursday, December 22, 2016
SCA Alumni Council member Daniel Dryburgh participates in a river wildlife survey with his SCA NPS Academy classmates at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

SCA Alumni Council member Daniel Dryburgh is a strong believer in the transformative power of outdoor immersion and conservation service. He hopes to use his digital media chops and conservation community connections to help make powerful nature experiences truly accessible to people from all backgrounds and communities.

Career Success, Diversity, People

SCA Alums Gather for Fall Events in NYC, Oakland, Chicago, & DC

Posted by Michael Cronin | Thursday, December 15, 2016
SCA alumni hike Great Falls Park

This autumn, SCA brought together almost 150 alumni in a series of fall engagement events across the country. From New York City to the Bay Area, from Chicago to Washington DC, SCA alums of all ages gathered to reconnect and share stories while enjoying their beautiful urban public lands.

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Monday, December 12, 2016

U.S. presidents have been lighting the National Christmas Tree for nearly a century and this year, an SCA alumnus was at center stage for the festivities. Dylan Carrejo introduced Barack Obama just before the president flipped the switch for the eighth and final time. We spoke with Dylan about his...

By Katelyn Fraser, SCA Intern for USFWS

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, December 12, 2016

It’s early, really early, but a warm sea breeze, an ATV ride through a dark tunnel of sea grapes, and a magnificent, multi-hued sunrise have already combined to make my 5:30 AM wake-up time feel more than worth it. Reaching the start point of my survey, I begin checking marked...

Posted by Megan McVey | Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Buffalo Bayou snakes through downtown Houston. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-led Houston Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership is helping to make a difference on the city’s industrial East End. (Photo: Nancy Brown/USFWS)

Juan “Tony” Elizondo, a teacher in Houston, and Corrin Omowunmi, a program manager in Philadelphia, share a passion for...

Featured Earthsaver, SCA Alumni Council

Posted by Staff | Thursday, December 1, 2016
Jean Bartholomew, second from left, leads a community hike with Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

At age 16, Jean Bartholomew (above, 2nd from left) joined a SCA national crew for a trail project located 15 miles deep into the Yellowstone backcountry and she’s been a true believer in the transformative power of the great outdoors ever since. She stayed connected with SCA throughout her time...

Posted by Megan McVey | Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thank you to everyone who contributed to SCA on #GivingTuesday, we exceeded our $15,000 goal and raised $23,534 in less than 24 hours! You were part of a global movement involving over a million people donating more than $168 million to tens of thousands of causes!