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.

Signing Off

Posted by Lesley Seale | Saturday, August 30, 2014
Well, that’s a wrap. 



Signing Off

Posted by Lesley Seale | Saturday, August 30, 2014
Well, that’s a wrap. 



SCA 1980, Zion National Park; 1983, Appalachian Trail

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 29, 2014

Steve is a partner with Boies, Schiller & Flexner, a law practice involved “in every major legal battle of the era,” according to The American Lawyer magazine. Steve has represented a variety of clients in antitrust, intellectual property and other complex cases including Microsoft, Oracle and Napster. He also represented the plaintiffs in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8 banning gay marriage. Among his other affiliations, Steve is a member of the SCA board of directors.

SCA 2013, Grand Teton National Park, Department of the Interior

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 29, 2014

If you want to find Cristina, just look outside. The University of Michigan biology major could be off collecting soil samples, strolling through Nichols Arboretum, or playing field hockey. Cristina felt at home in nature at a very early age, and recently wrote about her evolution from bug rustler to outdoor advocate in NationalParksTraveler.com.

SCA 2010-13

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 29, 2014

Jane was an interpreter at her most recent SCA hitch in Shirley, NY, and says “I loved seeing campers come to the realization that they could one day get a job and work with nature, wildlife, or the environment. It’s possible for them!” That, by the way, is Jane’s career goal, too. Last year, at NationalParksTraveler.com, she wrote about the need for space, concluding that “solitude can happen even when you’re among others.”

Emily Bowles Reflects on Her Experience Preparing Great Swamp NWR to Host the Wilderness Act's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by Emily Bowles | Thursday, August 28, 2014

In the most famous passage of the Wilderness Act, writer Howard Zahniser defines wilderness beautifully and concisely: “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by...

SCA Member Jeffrey Sommer on Rescuing Hatchlings from Hungry Raccoons

Posted by Jeffrey Sommer | Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hungry predators are determined to get a good meal, even if it isn’t easy. Plenty of our screened nests see attempted predation by raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, and ghost crabs. Luckily the seashores boar population hasn’t gotten involved in this trend, as a boar could easily shred through...

SCA Member Marinell Chandler Reveals the Wilderness Act-Related Name of Denali's Latest Puppy

Posted by Marinell Chandler | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

As of today, our new puppy is over two weeks old. His eyes have opened, and he is growing very quickly from the little pup that could fit in my one hand to one that is starting to toddle around the floor of his pen. From day one after...

Following Successful Events in Tennessee and Quebec

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, August 25, 2014

On August 23rd, SCA teamed up with national supporter Domtar to refurbish a community skating rink and playground in Nekoosa, Wisconsin. Since 2012, Domtar has supported SCA’s urban initiatives for youth in cities across the country. SCA crew leaders from New York City, just finished with a season of fieldwork helping urban parks recover from Hurricane Sandy, were excited to travel to Wisconsin to help facilitate the project — and share stories of their work with urban youth.

Historic leadership in response to environmental crisis

Posted by Staff | Monday, August 25, 2014

By Jay A. Satz

In the summer of 1988, two fairly typical forest fires were burning in different districts of Yellowstone National Park, but I was so busy managing SCA activity in the Northwest that I hadn’t noticed. That changed in early August when the blazes merged, more fires started, and...

Preparing Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge to Celebrate 50 Years of Wilderness

Posted by Emily Bowles | Friday, August 22, 2014

When William Bradford hopped off of the Mayflower and onto Plymouth Rock, he described the landscape that lay before him as a “hideous and desolate wilderness.” Wilderness, in 1620, was not a scarce resource to be protected and treasured. It was scary and empty, a wasted space awaiting the day...

SCA Intern Jacob Cravens Feels Out the Perfect Interpretive Talk for Capitol Reef National Park

Posted by Jacob Cravens | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
How do you make a person feel a connection with the natural world so that they want to conserve it? In my last blog I...

Sawin' Through the End

Posted by Lesley Seale | Monday, August 18, 2014

Second week into the Devil’s Creek thinning project. The team is working like a well oiled and gassed up chainsaw. We are all now pretty comfortable working with saws and...

SCA Member Amosh Neupane Refuses to Be Sad Even Though the Best Summer Ever Is Ending

Posted by Amosh Neupane | Monday, August 18, 2014

While loading the hard hats into our van at Floyd Bennett Field, I heard someone ask, “Why are we taking these hats with us to the ceremony?” Someone behind me replied, “Maybe these are our graduation caps.” And it was then that it dawned on me: there would...

ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Clear Invasives at New York's "South Pole"

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, August 18, 2014

ConSERVE NYC events have taken our volunteers as far north as Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx, as far west as Hudson River Park in Manhattan, and as far east as Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing. On August 16th, our volunteers traveled to the southern-most point of New York to serve at Conference House Park on Staten Island.

SCA Intern Jeffrey Sommer Keeps Tabs on the Hatchlings at Canaveral National Seashore

Posted by Jeffrey Sommer | Saturday, August 16, 2014

Turtle Conservation isn’t all starlit, beachside fun and games folks. In fact a good chunk of the work I do keeping sea turtles off the extinction list happens inside the library of Canaveral National Seashore headquarters. In order to prove that sea turtle conservation is working and worthwhile,...

Buy Textbooks with Cengage Brain to Save Money & Support SCA

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, August 15, 2014

Want to save money on your text books and help save the planet AT THE VERY SAME TIME? Who wouldn’t, right? So go on and sign up for Cengage Brain’s Extra Credit program...

SCA 1983, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 15, 2014

“We were a very diverse group of high school students – kids from the inner city, rural communities, and suburban areas, some of whom had never spent time in the outdoors or traveled outside their state, and we bonded with each other over the course of the program.”

SCA 2006, 2009, 2012

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 15, 2014

“As we returned to our campsite one day, we saw a massive grizzly wandering just five feet from my tent. We followed all the bear protocols but it was the most terrified I’ve ever been.”

SCA 1975, 1976

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 15, 2014

“Somehow we’ve silo-ed the health of the earth into a political issue: them versus us. I can’t stand opposition on that level. It’s ignorant, upsetting, and un-American.”