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.

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.

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 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...

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!

Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, November 28, 2016

It’s Giving Tuesday and the Student Conservation Association is kicking off its year-end giving campaign with a chance to DOUBLE your impact for national parks and young people!

This #GivingTuesday, almost a million folks will donate over $100 million to tens of thousands of nonprofits in less than 24 hours.


Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, November 21, 2016
Giving Thanks for: YOU

Thanksgiving is still two days away, but at the Student Conservation Association (SCA), we give thanks every day for loyal supporters like you who help us empower the next generation of conservation leaders.

Over the past year, thanks to your support, SCA was able to place more than 9,500 eager young...

SCA Find Your Park Volunteers Conclude the Centennial Year with Service on the Bay Area Ridge Trail

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Sunday, November 20, 2016

In honor of Veterans Day, SCA brought together hundreds of volunteers in the Bay Area for a Find Your Park Day of Service at Golden Gate National Recreation Area, planting 1400 native plants along a critical section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail.

Endangered Species, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking

Our 9,638 Volunteers Made A Huge Difference for Conservation & the Environment

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, November 17, 2016
Check out our 2016 Outcomes Infographic to see how your support helped SCA conserve lands and transform lives in 2016.

Now more than ever, America needs young leaders who have felt the transformative power of sacrifice and service, who understand that the right road is often the hard road, and who possess an inclusive vision for a diverse and sustainable future. The conservation service programs that SCA has been conducting...

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Jennifer Tarnacki practiced traditional Southern Appalachian textile customs during her SCA internship at Brinegar Cabin Homestead on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

ABOVE: Jennifer Tarnacki taught visitors about traditional Southern Appalachian textile customs during her SCA internship at Brinegar Cabin Homestead on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The people of rural Southern Appalachia have a saying: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without”. You could call them the ultimate...

Education, History, People, Sustainability

We think you'll agree, these winning contest entries are beyond inspiring...

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thank you to all who participated in the Capture Conservation Photo Contest this summer and fall! Our goal was to gather nature photos that would inspire people to get out and enjoy America’s amazing public lands, and also remind them why they’re worth working so hard to protect. Your thousands...

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