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.

80 Employee Volunteers Join SCA for Service in Manhattan's East Village

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Friday, May 29, 2015

On the morning of May 28th, over 80 employee volunteers from SCA’s national partner American Eagle Outfitters gathered in Manhattan’s East Village to restore Tompkins Square Park as part of the #AEOBetterWorld initiative.

Celebrating 100 Years of the National Park Service

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
SCA Centennial Volunteer Ambassadors prepare to net invasive crayfish during their late May training session at Valley Forge National Historic Park.

ABOVE: SCA Centennial Volunteer Ambassadors prepare to net invasive crayfish during their late May training session at Valley Forge National Historic Park.

In advance of the National Park Service’s centennial in 2016, SCA and the Park Service are innovating again to field 70 “Centennial Volunteer Ambassadors” assigned to leading national parks...

Through Community Outreach, SCA Member Sarika Khanwilkar shares her love for Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge

Posted by Sarika Khanwilkar | Tuesday, May 26, 2015

“People Protect What They Love” - Jacques Cousteau

This is my favorite quote from one of the most iconic and recognizable names in conservation. These five words describe my own journey towards becoming a Student Conservation Association intern. I have fallen in love with discovering the diversity that inhabits this planet,...

CDIP: A Proud Collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, May 20, 2015

ABOVE: 2015 Career Discovery Internship Program participants preparing to kayak at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.

Each year, through the Career Discovery Internship Program (CDIP), we work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to connect young conservationists of diverse background to hands-on service experiences at wildlife refuges across the country.


1500 SCA Volunteers in 14 Cities Get to Work for the Planet

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, May 18, 2015

SCA ramped up Earth Day celebrations to new heights this year, marking Earth Day with hands-on conservation service in 14 cities coast to coast and engaging 1,500 volunteers nationwide.

Backcountry & Wilderness, Diversity, Forests, History, Parks, Sustainability, Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Staff | Monday, May 18, 2015

During the summer of ’69, twenty students arrived at Great Smokey Mountains National Park ready to clear windfall damage in Cades Cove and build over 40 check dams to stop erosion with the Student Conservation Association. Steve Strachan was one of those students.

Looking back on his experience, Steve says that...

Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Parks, Sustainability

60 Domtar Employee Volunteers Join SCA to Restore River Park North

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, May 18, 2015

On May 16th, SCA teamed up with national supporter Domtar to beautify and restore River Park North in Greenville, North Carolina. Over 60 Domtar employees and their families spent the morning removing invasive honeysuckle vines, spreading new mulch, and planting milkweed in the butterfly gardens.

Invasives, Kids, Parks

SCA ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Restore Bike Paths on Jamaica Bay

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, May 18, 2015

SCA volunteers in New York City took time off from final exams this weekend to help build safer bike trails in Brooklyn. Fifty volunteers gathered at Floyd Bennett Field in Gateway National Recreation Area to clear invasive vines and open up bike paths along Flatbush Avenue.

Invasives, Kids, Trails and Hiking, Volunteer Opportunities

An amazing chapter in the history of cycling for your Bike Month reading pleasure

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, May 13, 2015

ABOVE: The 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps at Minerva Terrace in Yellowstone National Park.

An amazing chapter in the history of cycling for your Bike Month reading pleasure.

If you were a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army stationed at Ft. Missoula, Montana, and you were looking to test the military viability...

Adventures, History, Parks, Trails and Hiking

SCA & American Express Join Forces to Bring 400 Earth Day Volunteers to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Student Conservation Association teamed up with American Express to bring over 400 volunteers to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx for Earth Day service. Across the park, volunteers nixed invasive vines and planted new seedlings to restore the wetlands and forest. Here is a little peek into how it...

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Monday, May 11, 2015

With the first hitch of the season under my belt I feel confident and amped up for the coming months, both the service to be done and the time around my new home. For the first hitch my crew and I focused our efforts on clearing corridors and removing...

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Monday, May 11, 2015

At out project site on the Quinobequin Road trail we had the pleasure of making acquaintances with multiple trail users.  Many were eager to ask us what we were doing and where we were from.  Most of the users lived in the surrounding neighborhood and were very happy to have...

Was it an easy way to spend a summer? No. Would he do it again? Absolutely.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, May 6, 2015

ABOVE: “When there are more days of rain than sunshine during a trail-building hitch, sometimes, to stay cheerful, you just have to embrace the mud.” Eagle River, AK

Last summer, University of Michigan student Sammy Pressman spent 3 months roaming the wilds of Alaska, sleeping in a tent and working on...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Invasives, Parks, Trails and Hiking

Earthsaver of the Month

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, May 5, 2015

“Urban parks and farms are some of the most beautiful natural lands to me, because they create hope in neighborhoods that are mostly concrete.”


Sustainability Interns Deliver!

Posted by Staff | Friday, May 1, 2015
Pittsburgh PA, where SCA's Green Cities initiative has been helping businesses with sustainability, and saving money in the process.

Sustainability Goes Mainstream on Main Street

A mob is gathering in suburban Pittsburgh and Sahar Arbab couldn’t be happier.  In fact, she incited it.

For the past several weeks, Sahar – an SCA Green Cities sustainability intern – has been surveying small business owners door-to-door.  Have you switched to LED lighting?  Have...

Career Success, Climate, Education, Sustainability

Earthsaver of the Month

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, April 30, 2015

“Ultimately we are all responsible for our planet — there is no Planet-B!”

People, Volunteer Opportunities

350 Volunteers Transform Fort Totten Park

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, April 27, 2015

This Saturday SCA teamed up with American Express to celebrate Earth Day by bringing more than 350 volunteers to Fort Totten Park in Washington, DC. This event followed another successful partnership event with American Express in New York City last weekend, and concluded a month of SCA Earth Day celebrations in 16 cities nationwide.

Forests, Parks, Sustainability, Volunteer Opportunities

Alaskan Wilderness Proves a Life-Changing Experience for SCA Member Amy J. Marks

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ABOVE: A bush plane dropped off SCA member Amy J. Marks and park rangers Evan Olsen, Ed Eberhardy, Jim Hanna at the starting point for their backcountry river patrol of Wrangell St. Elias National Park, right below the toe of the Tana Glacier where...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Parks, People

A Moving Look Back by SCA Member Laura Vachula

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Just in time for National Park Week, an inside look at one of the ways we’re working with the National Park Service to build a public lands workforce that’s as diverse as the Americans it serves.

Each spring, SCA and NPS bring together diverse young conservationists from all over the country...

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, April 20, 2015

A round of applause to the 60 schools and local organizations who participated in our 2015 NYC Earth Day service event with American Express at Van Cortlandt Park!