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.

High score from prestigious Interactive Media Awards

Posted by Staff | Friday, March 13, 2015

The Student Conservation Association’s website, www.thesca.org has won a ‘Best in Class’ prize for Nonprofits from the Interactive Media Awards (IMA), with a total score of 491 out of 500. The IMA Competition, held since 2006, recognizes the highest standards of excellence in website development and...

Career Success, Education

SCA works better because #AmeriCorpsWorks.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, March 12, 2015

SCA has been a proud partner of AmeriCorps since the program was created back in 1994. The 19,000 AmeriCorps members that have served with SCA since that time have dedicated over 10.4 million hours to protecting, studying, and promoting the spaces where nature thrives all over the country, from...

Education, History, Parks, Sustainability, Volunteer Opportunities

Extending NPS Career Opportunities to Diverse Young Conservationists

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, March 11, 2015

This week marks the beginning of SCA NPS Academy 2015, as 20 young conservationists hailing from myriad backgrounds gather in Grand Teton National Park for a 7-day look at what it’s like to work for the National Park Service as protectors and promoters of America’s pricelessly wild publics lands....

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Diversity, Education, Parks, Volunteer Opportunities

SCA Members study Silver Rice Rat, Pineland Croton, Butterflies and Osprey

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Florida Leafwing Butterfly - one of many species being studied by SCA members in the field

Most of us consider the Florida Keys to be a paradise. But they are also a laboratory.

Over the past century, ocean waters here have risen nine inches and scientists predict they could climb another two feet by 2060.  As most of the Keys’ land mass is a mere five feet...

SCA Ed Intern Grace Worm on Traveling the Nation for Education

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, March 10, 2015
SCA member Grace Worm with co-Travelers

Last summer, Grace Worm, currently an SCA Education Intern and AmeriCorps member, traveled the US in a green RV for Roadtrip Nation and spoke with a educators about what it means to be a teacher. That is what led her to SCA.

The Key Largo Woodrat is almost extinct. SCA member Chris Burgess is trying to change that.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, March 9, 2015
SCA Intern Chris Burgess is helping pull back the Key Largo woodrat from the brink of extinction

Humans have been blamed for the demise of myriad creatures…so imagine helping to pull one back from the brink of extinction.

The Key Largo woodrat has a gray-brown back, a white belly, and measures 14 inches from nose to tail. “They’re kind of cute,” states SCA intern and AmeriCorps member Chris...

Animals & Wildlife, Endangered Species

Co-founder, SCA

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Marty Talbot, Scott Warthin, Liz Putnam discuss their work with SCA

Marty Talbot’s conservation credentials are seemingly endless: she’s an award-winning biologist, an accomplished author, and her pioneering research has spanned more than 50 years and 60 countries. Marty is also co-founder of SCA.

Career Success, History

Posted by Staff | Monday, March 2, 2015

Between March 3, 2015 and April 6, 2015, the public is invited to comment on a grant application submitted by the Student Conservation Association to the California State Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Vehicle Motorized Recreation Division.

Preliminary applications are available on the division website at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov for review and comment...

Happy Birthday to the Grandest of All Canyon-Centric Parks!

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, February 26, 2015

Theodore Roosevelt was a grand man known for grand gestures, thus it should be no surprise that he loved—LOVED—the Grand Canyon. When he visited it in 1903, making him the first president to do so, his reaction was, well… grand. “The Grand Canyon fills me with awe....

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, History, Parks

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Thursday, February 26, 2015

February 1, 2015

I am sitting on a tree swing suspended by purple rope next to the frozen Hallockville  pond. The wind is rushing through the tree branches high above me and blowing up whorls of snow flurries that have come to rest atop the pond. The sun is out and the...

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Danger Six Special Operations

Operation Save Boston

Mission Report


17 February 2015

0800 Electronic mail received from Melissa Patterson containing call to service.

0801 Daniel Dobrosielski, Emily Palmer, Nathan Salle, and Sophie Stern respond via electronic mail to service call.

Mission Leaders James Sims and Zach Colatch.

1600 Melissa Patterson sends electronic mail with mission details....

Posted by Leigh Whaley | Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Driving into the city of Boston for the first time on Wednesday reminded me of all of wonderful the commuter traffic, which I left in DC to go live in Western Massachusetts to serve with SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps. It felt a little bit like home for the...

6 members of SCA's Massachusetts AmeriCorps Program help Bostonians get out from under 7 ft of snow

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Danger Six, a “Special Operations Unit” composed of SCA Massachusetts Americorps members and staff, traveled to the city of Boston to aid in snow removal efforts. For three days and two nights, the unit cleared snow and received positive encouragement from many Bostonians. Although their service in Boston is...

Climate, Volunteer Opportunities

Where tech & nature intersect, SCA Member Rachelle Hedges sees the future of conservation

Posted by Rachelle Hedges | Monday, February 23, 2015

I had just witnessed first-hand that using technology and spending time outdoors is not an either/or proposition. One does not inherently exclude or lessen the value of the other, and just because we have a generation that loves their phones, doesn’t mean we won’t have a generation of conservationists too. I believe the marrying of technology and nature will help to better both, making each more valuable, more accessible and healthier. And I believe that students like the ones I worked with today will be the driving force behind this marriage for many years to come.


Posted by Staff | Monday, February 23, 2015
Mary Nghe and Stacey Kinney -- two CDIP Interns with the Student Conservation Association

Growing up in Houston, Stacey Kinney says she only saw ducks on office park ponds. Now, here she was at Coldwater River National Wildlife Refuge in Lambert, Mississippi, netting and banding them by the dozen. 

“Getting one of those little silver bands on is not easy,” Stacey declares. “The ducks  start...

Animals & Wildlife, Career Success, Diversity, Education, Endangered Species, Wetlands

SCA Member Sarika Khanwilkar feels inspired after making a Gopher Tortoise's day

Posted by Sarika Khanwilkar | Monday, February 23, 2015

I was picking up trash the other day on the West edge of Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, where old pizza boxes, beer cans, plastic bags and other miscellaneous, unidentifiable objects are scattered across the landscape. Most of this litter is cast from cars zipping by...

Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Forests

Steph Jeffries supports SCA because it helps students identify their life's work

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Today Steph Jeffries is a professor in the Forestry and Environmental Resources Department at North Carolina State University. In the summer of 1992, she was an SCA intern at Chugach National Forest in Alaska. 

Her recent book, Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests, gives readers rich, ecological insights into 30 different popular...

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Education, Forests, Parks, Science, Trails and Hiking

Posted by Staff | Friday, February 13, 2015
Davon Goodwin, SCA Alum at work with the Veterans Fire Corps

Davon Goodwin had already made a range of contributions – and sacrifices – before he joined SCA. An Army veteran, he’d pulled extended tours of Iraq and Afghanistan; in the latter, an improvised explosive device fired shrapnel into his brain and shattered two vertebrae.  Davon says recovering from his wounds...

Career Success, Education, Forests, Kids, Wildfires

SCA Intern Marlisa Jemison on Electrofishing with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, February 12, 2015
This post was written for Open Spaces, the official blog of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s part of a monthly series featuring SCA interns writing about their experiences working to promote, protect and study wildlife on public lands all over the United States.
It’s our great pride and...
Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Education

Inspired by SCA service, Quincy Swatson is bringing opportunity to his Pittsburgh neigborhood

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, February 12, 2015

Growing up in Pittsburgh’s troubled Manchester neighborhood in the 1990s, Quincy Kofi Swatson thought most of his doors were closed. “It was a homogenously poor neighborhood,” he says, “and homogenously of one race, and you’d get caught up in the mindset that everyone is in the same situation and there...

Animals & Wildlife, Career Success, Coasts & Water, Education, Kids, Volunteer Opportunities