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.

By Katelyn Fraser, SCA Intern for USFWS

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, December 12, 2016

It’s early, really early, but a warm sea breeze, an ATV ride through a dark tunnel of sea grapes, and a magnificent, multi-hued sunrise have already combined to make my 5:30 AM wake-up time feel more than worth it. Reaching the start point of my survey, I begin checking marked...

Posted by Megan McVey | Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Buffalo Bayou snakes through downtown Houston. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-led Houston Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership is helping to make a difference on the city’s industrial East End. (Photo: Nancy Brown/USFWS)

Juan “Tony” Elizondo, a teacher in Houston, and Corrin Omowunmi, a program manager in Philadelphia, share a passion for...

Featured Earthsaver, SCA Alumni Council

Posted by Staff | Thursday, December 1, 2016
Jean Bartholomew, second from left, leads a community hike with Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

At age 16, Jean Bartholomew (above, 2nd from left) joined a SCA national crew for a trail project located 15 miles deep into the Yellowstone backcountry and she’s been a true believer in the transformative power of the great outdoors ever since. She stayed connected with SCA throughout her time...

Posted by Megan McVey | Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thank you to everyone who contributed to SCA on #GivingTuesday, we exceeded our $15,000 goal and raised $23,534 in less than 24 hours! You were part of a global movement involving over a million people donating more than $168 million to tens of thousands of causes!

Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, November 28, 2016

It’s Giving Tuesday and the Student Conservation Association is kicking off its year-end giving campaign with a chance to DOUBLE your impact for national parks and young people!

This #GivingTuesday, almost a million folks will donate over $100 million to tens of thousands of nonprofits in less than 24 hours.


Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, November 21, 2016
Giving Thanks for: YOU

Thanksgiving is still two days away, but at the Student Conservation Association (SCA), we give thanks every day for loyal supporters like you who help us empower the next generation of conservation leaders.

Over the past year, thanks to your support, SCA was able to place more than 9,500 eager young...

SCA Find Your Park Volunteers Conclude the Centennial Year with Service on the Bay Area Ridge Trail

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Sunday, November 20, 2016

In honor of Veterans Day, SCA brought together hundreds of volunteers in the Bay Area for a Find Your Park Day of Service at Golden Gate National Recreation Area, planting 1400 native plants along a critical section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail.

Endangered Species, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking

Our 9,638 Volunteers Made A Huge Difference for Conservation & the Environment

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, November 17, 2016
Check out our 2016 Outcomes Infographic to see how your support helped SCA conserve lands and transform lives in 2016.

Now more than ever, America needs young leaders who have felt the transformative power of sacrifice and service, who understand that the right road is often the hard road, and who possess an inclusive vision for a diverse and sustainable future. The conservation service programs that SCA has been conducting...

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Jennifer Tarnacki practiced traditional Southern Appalachian textile customs during her SCA internship at Brinegar Cabin Homestead on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

ABOVE: Jennifer Tarnacki taught visitors about traditional Southern Appalachian textile customs during her SCA internship at Brinegar Cabin Homestead on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The people of rural Southern Appalachia have a saying: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without”. You could call them the ultimate...

Education, History, People, Sustainability

We think you'll agree, these winning contest entries are beyond inspiring...

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thank you to all who participated in the Capture Conservation Photo Contest this summer and fall! Our goal was to gather nature photos that would inspire people to get out and enjoy America’s amazing public lands, and also remind them why they’re worth working so hard to protect. Your thousands...

Tell the World that You Chose to #OptOutside Instead of Shopping!

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with loved ones to celebrate the people and places and ideas for which we are most thankful.

As conservationists, parks and trails and other outdoor spaces where we can go to commune with nature are near the top of our “thankful for” list. The best...


250 Volunteers Plant 1500 Trees to Celebrate Those Who Serve

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Monday, November 14, 2016

In honor of Veterans Day, SCA brought together over 250 volunteers in New York City for a Find Your Park Day of Service at Jacob Riis Park in Queens.

Coasts & Water, Forests, Kids, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Featured Earthsaver for the #Next100

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Friday, November 11, 2016

“A good leader has to be a good listener – it’s about finding out what motivates people, and then working with people’s motivations to accomplish things together.”

Career Success, Education, Parks, People

Featured Earthsaver for the #Next100

Posted by Michael Cronin | Thursday, November 10, 2016
Melanie Vanvoorhees is proudly serving as a Centennial Volunteer Ambassador at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, former home of President Theodore Roosevelt

“Working with SCA and Sagamore Hill National Historic Site has made me realize conservation has a strong presence in American history and we need to keep that presence strong.”

Education, History, Kids, Parks, People

...so you can cast your vote for conservation.

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Monday, November 7, 2016

SCA’s mission is to inspire and empower the next generation of conservation leaders, and we take the leadership part of our work every bit as seriously as the conservation part. Because voting is an important part of being a leader (how can you claim to be a leader in your...

Education, People

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Wednesday, November 2, 2016
As SCA’s 2016 Hudson Valley AmeriCorps program reaches its conclusion, we salute member Sarah Lipuma whose Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines Project proposal recently earned the Judges’ Choice Award at MIT’s Climate CoLab
This initiative, which advocates a number of nature-based remedies to reduce the damaging effects of...

SCA members share their best leaf-peeping shots

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Mt. Rainier from the Alta Vista Trail by Caroline Meleedy, SCA NPS Centennial Interpretive Media Intern at Mt. Rainier National Park.

ABOVE: Mt. Rainier from the Alta Vista Trail by Caroline Meleedy, SCA NPS Centennial Interpretive Media Intern at Mt. Rainier National Park. Credit Caroline Meleedy/NPS

Whether or not you’re rightly placed in time and space to witness it, vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds sweep across America’s deciduous regions every...

Forests, Parks

Featured Earthsaver for the #Next100

Posted by Michael Cronin | Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Anthony Peters and other SCA crew members on the trail in DC

“I want to help new generations of students feel the same excitement I felt about protecting our parks when I first joined SCA over nine years ago.”

Education, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Friday, October 28, 2016
On Thursday (Oct 28) night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow closed her program with a rather tasty morsel, reporting that Hillary Clinton has pledged to maintain the White House Kitchen Garden if she is elected.
The Kitchen Garden was planted in the Spring of 2009 by First Lady Michelle Obama

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Friday, October 28, 2016
A concentration mill in an abandoned mining town in the Kennecott Historic District of Wrangell St. Elias National Park, via Richard Droker.

Author: Joe Thurston

Consider this: many of the primary reasons that people enjoy hiking— expedited blood flow, quiet seclusion, elevated heart rate, adrenalizing natural thrills—are the very same reasons that other people seek to place themselves in situations where they’re likely to encounter the shrieking mad ghosts of poor, eternal grudge-bearing...