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.

Kickin' it in Kenai

Posted by Lesley Seale | Saturday, August 2, 2014

Off to Kenai National Park and our last week with invasive plant pulling. We’re camping at Miller’s Landing in Seward, our first time being on the coast! We’re in a rainforest ecosystem and are feeling the reality of that, LOTS OF RAIN. We are currently camped out among a few...

SCA 1978 Yosemite National Park

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 1, 2014

An associate professor of communications at Springfield College, Marty Dobrow is the award-winning author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door: Six Minor Leaguers in Search of the Baseball Dream and Going Bigtime: The Spectacular Rise of UMass Basketball, as well as numerous stories for The Boston Globe, Sports Illustrated, espn.com, and many others.

SCA 1978 Yosemite National Park

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 1, 2014

In 1978, I was going to a boarding school, The George School in Pennsylvania. There were assemblies every week, and one was about the Student Conservation Association, where students who had internships would talk about their experience. It sounded perfect for me. I applied but was wait-listed. A week before the summer session started, I got a call. Someone had dropped out so a space opened for me. I happily packed my bags.

SCA 1978 Yosemite National Park

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 1, 2014

Thirty-six years after her initial SCA experience, Dolly remains a familiar face at SCA. During spring training sessions, she helps SCA crew leaders sharpen their crosscut skills as well as their saws, sharing her craft and her passion. Initially, however, she was rebuffed in her bid to rejoin SCA – a lesson that has guided much of her life since.

SCA 1978-Present

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 1, 2014

Scott has been directly responsible for creating service opportunities for tens of thousands of students – including all three of his children, who are among SCA’s 75,000 alumni. For over three decades, Scott has worked tirelessly for SCA while architecting the Public Lands Corps Act and lending his leadership to the Public Lands Service Coalition. Prior to SCA, he was as a national park ranger and earlier this year accepted The Corps Network’s Legacy Achievement Award.

SCA Comes Together 100 Members Strong to Mark the Midpoint of NYC Summer Crews

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, July 29, 2014

On July 29th, SCA’s community crews in New York City and New Jersey came together 100 members strong to celebrate the midpoint of their summer crews with a project at New York City’s most famous green space: Central Park.


SCA Field Blogger Amosh Neupane Records a Day of Crew Work at the Soundview Park Salt Marshes, NYC

Posted by Amosh Neupane | Monday, July 28, 2014

Instead of working at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, the crew was headed to a new location: Soundview Park in the Bronx. I was horrified when our crew leaders shared information about the carnivorous black flies in the salt marsh where we would be working. The shocking news had me worrying for the rest of the day: “What if a fly takes a chunk out of my face?”

SCA ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Help Keep the Queens Botanical Garden Organic

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, July 28, 2014

SCA volunteers in New York City don’t take the summer off. This Saturday, 80 volunteers came together at the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing for July’s ConSERVE NYC event.

SCA 1990, Yosemite National Park

Posted by Staff | Monday, July 28, 2014

“Climate change, urban pollution and biodiversity loss all stem from increasing human greed and materialism.”

Growing up in Bhutan, Tshewang Wangchuk long assumed he would become a monk.  Today, however, the SCA alumnus is executive director of the Bhutan Foundation, a National Geographic explorer and one of the world’s leading experts on...

PaHoua Lee & her Oakland Conservation Crew Visit the Marine Sanctuary

Posted by PaHoua Lee | Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sea lions, and monkeyface eels, and kayaking oh my! Everyone loves Fridays, including SCA crews. A wonderful aspect of participating in a Community Crew is the fact that Fridays are designated as environmental education days. Crew leaders plan activities and trips that expose crew members to local initiatives, green businesses,...

Eradicating Weeds in Wrangell-St. Elias

Posted by Lesley Seale | Saturday, July 26, 2014

This past week has been a blast as we continued our fight eradicating invasive species! This week we pulled clover, dandelions and timothy grass in Kennecott the old mining town and root glacier in Alaska. So not only did we pull weeds but we had an awesome view of the...

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, July 24, 2014

Last month, after three years of working for the National Park Service, I earned my career tenure with the federal government. This accomplishment would not have been possible without my SCA service, which gave me the “golden ticket” of non-competitive hiring status.

SCA 2010-2013

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, July 24, 2014

I enjoy being outdoors and if it’s possible to have a job that doesn’t seem like a job, why not? Conservation work keeps me happy and lets me explore while getting paid to do so.

Posted by Staff | Monday, July 21, 2014

Jaime Berman Matyas is an accomplished and devoted leader in the conservation field and I am delighted to welcome her to SCA. Jaime is a proven innovator with a brilliant mind and the innate ability to bring the right parties together to accomplish common objectives. Teamwork and diversity have been...

Paddle Boarding on the Bay with REI & SCA

Posted by Staff | Monday, July 21, 2014

SCA Alumni Council Leah Duran (pictured below) writes about the REI-led stand-up paddle boarding class recently held at Richmond Marina in the Bay Area exclusively for SCA alums. second course will be held this Friday, 7/25 in Redwood City. You probably also want to join...

Boardwalk Production Begins!

Posted by Gabby Andrews | Friday, July 18, 2014

Welcome to our trail crew - SCA Trail Corps Gabrielle, Miranda, Chad, Ryan, and Alexis. Follow our summer journy as we build mountain bike trails with the Cleveland Metroparks! If you want to get to know us a little better take a look back at our first Welcome Blog and you...

SCA 2012-2014, Veterans Fire Corps

Posted by Staff | Friday, July 18, 2014

After three months as a member of SCA’s Veterans Fire Corps, Mike declared “this program should be waiting for every vet when they get home” and re-upped for two more hitches as a corps leader before leaving SCA earlier this year to start his own wildland fire mitigation company.

SCA 1980, Padre Island National Seashore

Posted by Staff | Friday, July 18, 2014

“It was the first time I saw the ocean or a sea turtle,” says Donna Shaver, recalling her SCA internship at Padre Island National Seashore nearly 35 years ago. “It changed my career and my life.”
Indeed, she’s been at Padre Island ever since. Dr. Shaver’s internship convinced her “to dedicate my career to helping recover dwindling sea turtle populations and study these animals. I have spent my working career doing so.”

by Nicole Catino

Posted by Nicole Catino | Thursday, July 17, 2014
It’s hard to believe our first blitz of the year is just a few days away! (If you missed my first post about what a blitz is, check it out here to get up to speed.) The past couple weeks have been busy, busy, busy...

by Amosh Neupane

Posted by Amosh Neupane | Thursday, July 17, 2014

What’s the difference between an axe-mattock, a pick-mattock, and a pick-axe? Which rake is better, the hard or the soft one? How does one separate a poison ivy plant from other, non-harmful shrubs? What’s the best thing about mugwort? I could go on with the questions… This first week has been all about questions for me.