In December of 2010 I left a career in advertising to go back to school for a degree in natural resources management. One of the main reasons for making this change, was that I needed a job in which I could work outside. I love being outside. I love hiking....
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.
Making a Difference with GIS by Rachelle Hedges
Ospreys versus Civic-Minded Citizens
Everyone (that we asked) is in agreement. This year’s superbowl will be decided by which team is more in tune with conservation, nature, and the great outdoors.
Now, obviously you’re thinking, “You guys. One team has a formerly endangered, sea-faring bird as its mascot, while the other has, what? A Revolutionary...
Preserving Ecosystems Through Smartly Deployed Flames
SCA Alum Jessica Wonyee Sanchez on Serving as a Citizen Scientist for MLK Day 2015
This past Monday we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday by participating in the “California King Tides” citizen science project. This event was hosted by Acterra, a Peninsula-based environmental non-proﬁt in the SF Bay Area. We had a great turnout (close to seventy people!), at the East Palo Alto Bay...
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Joins SCA Volunteers to Clean Up the Anacostia River
Despite freezing temperatures, over 450 DC-area residents rallied together at Anacostia Park to celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service through a morning of volunteering on the riverfront. Among the volunteers in attendance were special guests Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, and SCA President and CEO Jaime Matyas.
Leah Duran, NPS Park Guide & SCA Alum, on Serving in the Wilderness & the City
by SCA Member Alyssa Stegmaier
This post was written for Open Spaces, the oﬃcial blog of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service....
Ambassador Samantha Power Joins SCA Volunteers to ConSERVE NYC for MLK Day
In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service, SCA rallied almost 250 volunteers for our largest service event to date in NYC — joined by special guest U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power.
Quincy Swatson Feeds Fish, Minds, & Even Dreams with Aquaponics
Sometimes opportunity knocks. Other times it swims and poops, providing nutrients for the plants growing atop its aquarium. SCA alum Quincy Swatson is determined to establish the latter, more rareﬁed kind of opportunity in the place where he grew up, Pittsburgh’s often troubled Manchester neighborhood.
Quincy’s childhood coincided with Manchester’s ’90s...
Working Together to Strengthen the Future of Conservation
SCA and its members are Moving Conservation Forward. What does that mean? It means they’re gaining the experience they need to be tomorrow’s conservation leaders. It means they’re ﬁnding new ways to tackle our biggest environmental challenges. It means they’re forging ahead, realizing their goals to improve the world...
An Adventure in Duck-Banding with SCA Intern Stacey Kinney
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.
Today’s featured blogger, Stacey Kinney,...
SCA ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Brave Wintry Weather to Restore NYC Beaches
SCA ConSERVE NYC volunteers aren’t scared of a little rain! This weekend, 50 dedicated volunteers gathered at Jacob Riis Park in Queens, braving intermittent showers and near-freezing temperatures to help restore one of New York City’s most beloved beaches.
A Message from SCA President and CEO Jaime Matyas
As we prepare to give thanks with friends and family, I want to express my gratitude for your ongoing support of SCA volunteers. Your generosity allows SCA volunteers to impact every corner of our country…two in particular come to mind today.
Camden, New Jersey is no national park. It’s been cited...
Volunteers Continue Sandy Recovery on Manhattan's Lower East Side
On November 15th, over 40 employee volunteers from SCA’s partner MUFG Union Bank gathered on Manhattan’s Lower East Side to restore East River Park as part of MUFG’s National Employee Volunteer Month.
East River Park — a 57-acre oasis of green between the FDR highway and the East River, and...
Go easy on the planet this Thanksgiving with these Eco-friendly turkey ideas
As you’re tallying up all the various stuff you have to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, take a moment to recall that without Earth and its delicately-balanced ecosystems, we wouldn’t have any of the things we need to survive. No planet, no nature, no life, right?
by Rachel Snodgrass, SCA Intern at Cape Lookout National Seashore
Open Spaces, the oﬃcial blog of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is now featuring monthly posts by Student Conservation Association interns working to promote, protect, and study wildlife on public lands all over the United States. This is the ﬁrst post in the series, written by Rachel Snodgrass,...
AmeriCorps Director Bill Basl Joins SCA to Restore Fort Mahan Park
National AmeriCorps Director Bill Basl joined 65 SCA volunteers on 11/11 at Fort Mahan Park to honor Veterans Day through service.
You need to shop for the holidays. SCA needs your help building the next generation of Conservation Leaders...
Considering where we are on the calendar, it seems likely that you’ll be doing a little shopping sometime in the very near future. Considering that it’s 2014, odds are some of it’ll take place… on the internet.
Here are a couple ways to support SCA (and therefore the future of...
SCA ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Restore Manhattan's Freshwater Wetlands
SCA honored Veterans Day through service in NYC by bringing 116 volunteers to Randall’s Island for our second-largest ConSERVE NYC event of the year.
Members of SCA's Veterans Fire Corps Lead the Effort to Restore Fragile Desert Habitat
Over 90 SCA volunteers gathered at Rio Salado Habitat in Phoenix on November 8th to honor Veterans Day with hands-on service to America’s public lands.
Our 2015 Summer Roadtrip takes you to amazing places and member stories around the country.
Over 75,000 women and men have served with SCA - read some of their stories here.
Read about the women and men who helped build America’s oldest and largest youth conservation service organization here
Meet some of the amazing women who blazed a trail with SCA
Where will SCA take you?
A new multi-year study on SCA’s youth impact shows signiﬁcant gains across a wide range of indicators.
Read about the Study here »