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 Kevin Hamilton | Friday, July 22, 2016
Hey look! 12 bears!
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Katmai National Park’s famous Bear Cams let you watch live as wild bears feed on migrating salmon on Alaska’s Brooks River.
Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Parks
Why Katmai's first spring cubs show up when they do...
Posted by David Kopshever | Friday, July 15, 2016
At birth, a brown bear cub is incredibly small, weighing just one pound and measuring about 9 inches long. That same bear may multiply its weight well over 1,000 times from newborn to adult. Humans would weigh over 6,000 pounds if we shared the same weight increase.
Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Parks
Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Friday, July 15, 2016
When it comes to supporting our parks, we can't afford to wait
Posted by Kiki Serantes | Tuesday, July 12, 2016
By Kiki Serantes (above L), SCA Cultural Resources Intern at Zion National Park
If a national park or wilderness is gradually degrading and no one notices it, is it still degrading? Even if we are told that our wilderness areas are being destroyed—indirectly through our own actions—does it matter if it’s...
Yosemite National Park SCA Museum Intern
Posted by Dana Foster | Tuesday, July 12, 2016
As a SCA Museum Intern at Yosemite National Park, Dana Foster (Left) is sharpening her Cultural Resource Management skills and making it easier for people to connect with the historical and cultural resources that illuminate the connections between cultural identities and the land.
Diversity, History, Parks, People
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, June 30, 2016
This June, Kate Hagner, Ann Pedtke, and Roland Richardson traveled to Detroit to represent SCA at the annual Points of Light Conference on Volunteering & Service — the largest service-related convening of nonprofit, government, business, and civic leaders in the world, welcoming more than 3,500 participants.
Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Q&A with SCA alum Lizzy Corliss from the CDT
Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
A Study of Student Conservation Association Programs
Posted by Megan McVey | Sunday, June 26, 2016
Author: Samantha MacDonald Solberg, Web and Social Media Specialist at Search Institute
When Search Institute senior research scientist Dr. Amy Syvertsen asked staff members at the Student Conservation Association (SCA) if they think of themselves as a youth development organization, she received a resounding “no.” In fact, “they laughed...
Kids, Volunteer Opportunities
SCA Intern Kiara Serantes on the Fight to Keep the Canyons Clean
Posted by Kiki Serantes | Wednesday, June 22, 2016
As we left the oven-like truck to trek toward one of Zion’s many ancient rock art panels, I wondered how much graﬃti we’d have to clean up this time. Would there be more pecked smiley faces or barely legible initials sprawled across the centuries-old indigenous patterns? Would it be too...
Parks, People, Trails and Hiking
Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Zion National Park Cultural Resources Intern
Posted by Kiki Serantes | Tuesday, June 21, 2016
As a Cultural Resources Intern at Zion National Park, Kiara “Kiki” Serantes is gaining the experience she’ll need to translate her writing and political skills into a career spent keeping the world’s wilderness safe from environmental negligence for at least the Next 100 years.
Diversity, Parks, People
6 Little Known Facts About SCA Founder Liz Putnam
Posted by Megan McVey | Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Liz started SCA to help protect America’s national parks, but some of her first wilderness experiences occurred in the Canadian North Woods.
Beginning at age 11, Liz would join her family on summer trips to a cabin on Lac a Moise in Quebec, a journey that included long train rides from New York followed by several days of paddling and portaging with the aid of Indian guides.
SCA Alum Jay Carter On Hand to Give Opening Speech
Posted by Megan McVey | Thursday, June 16, 2016
Today at Allegheny Commons park in the North Side of Pittsburgh, SCA joined community conservation leaders, City Rangers, YMCA staff and campers, Mayor Peduto, and David Jayo to kick off the Let’s Move! Outside Pittsburgh initiative. SCA alumni council member, Jay Carter, gave a speech to kick-off the inititative,...
Featured Earthsaver for the #Next100
Posted by Roland Richardson | Thursday, June 16, 2016
“We believe in the old adage ‘service is the rent you pay for living.’”
Diversity, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking, Volunteer Opportunities
A Small Riverfront Town Gets a Big Overhaul Thanks to Volunteers from Domtar & SCA
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, June 14, 2016
On June 11th, SCA teamed up with national supporter Domtar to refurbish a community boardwalk along the Roanoke River in Plymouth, North Carolina — helping to revitalize the waterfront and bring new visitors to this historic small town.
Coasts & Water, History, Kids, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities
Featured Earthsaver for the #Next100
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, June 13, 2016
“Our generation has the responsibility (more than any other generation in our history) to confront and deal with serious environmental issues.”
Kids, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities
Adventure Journalist Michael A. Lanza Shares His Secrets
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, June 13, 2016
A former editor for Backpacker Magazine, Michael A. Lanza now makes his living blogging about the incredible outdoor adventures that he takes, often with his familiy, for his website, TheBigOutside.com.
We recently talked with him about how he got his start, how climate change is affecting the wildnernesses he’s...
...Results in a Perfect Teaching Moment at Sequoia National Park
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, June 9, 2016
ABOVE: The note written by a recent young visitor to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. (Photo Credit: Meredith Elgart)
Why is it wrong (not to mention illegal) to remove plants from national parks?