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 | Monday, July 1, 2019

There is no Fourth of July without Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia. Known as the birthplace of American democracy, this is where the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and where, 11 years later, representatives from a dozen states laid the framework for the U.S. Constitution....

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Trail in Olympic National Park, photo by SCA crew 2014

SCA is officially partnering with the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) to celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 28, 2019!

Join us to celebrate the nation’s largest single day volunteer effort for public lands. We would like to have a plethora of events for our SCA alumni...

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Cara Burns, photo by John Slocum

A path often taken by SCA Alumni is to pursue a career outdoors with the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or other agency. That is amazing and we value all the hard work our alums do to preserve, protect, and educate others about our...

Nestlé Waters Serves in Stamford, Seabrook, and Falmouth

Posted by Ally Ratliff | Wednesday, June 12, 2019

On Saturday, June 8th, Nestlé Waters and Student Conservation Association (SCA) joined forces to cleanup waterways in Stamford, CT, Seabrook, TX and Falmouth, ME. Together, 150 participants removed litter and debris from over 9,500 feet of shoreline totaling nearly 2,000 pounds in celebration of World Ocean’s Day. 

In Stamford, CT, 94 Nestlé...

Coasts & Water, Parks, Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, May 22, 2019
SCA Alum Riley Hays hiking in Denali National Park

What do Tinker Air Force Base, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, and Delaware State Parks have in common? Each place encouraged and empowered Riley Hays in discovering her passion to inspire people to love parks and the great outdoors, and started her own love of Visitor Interpretation at parks!...

Adventures, Career Success, Parks, Trails and Hiking, Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Emerson Gaziano | Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Woodworking by Matt Gang, SCA Alumnus

Photo of original wood creation by Matt Gang, SCA Alumni

A path often taken by SCA Alumni is to pursue a career outdoors with the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or other agency. That is amazing and we value all the hard work our alums...

Career Success

Posted by Lukas Miller | Saturday, May 18, 2019

On a clear and warm Saturday morning in May, Domtar, SCA, and the Hancock County Heritage Commission united to help prepare Jeffreys Cliffs to open to the public in Hawesville, Kentucky. My experience at the event was one to remember. It was my first time ever to Kentucky. I grew...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Friday, April 26, 2019
As time passes, legacies grow larger. As the people who forged those legacies pass, we pause to remember. 
SCA lost two former and beloved crew leaders recently: Bill Brockman, who with his wife, Mary Jane, led crews in the North Cascades from 1970-1987; and Chuck Barnosky, who supervised teams...

April 20-28, 2019

Posted by Staff | Thursday, April 18, 2019

Guest blog by Anna Wadhams, SCA Alumni Council

Looking for fun activities during Earth Month? Head to your closest national park April 20-28 to enjoy National Park Week programs and events!

Alligator at Everglades National Park, Photo by Matthew Paulson / Flickr.com...

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Education, Kids, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking

Posted by Staff | Thursday, April 18, 2019

A guest blog from an SCA Alumni Council Member, Nancy Fernandez

Climate change is a polarizing turn of phrase.

I learned about the Al Gore Climate Reality Leadership training through the SCA Alumni network. A gentle nudge encouraged me to apply and I’m so glad I did! This was an amazing opportunity...

Climate, Diversity

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, March 20, 2019
View of the Hudson River from the Vanderbilt mansion, part of the FDR historic site

A guest blog from an SCA Alum, Lauren Traylor

After completing my degree in the arid southwest of Colorado, I was looking for a change in scenery when I found my SCA intern position at the Franklin Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park, New York. The Eastern Deciduous Forest seemed...

Adventures, History, Parks, People

Posted by Ally Ratliff | Monday, March 18, 2019

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is proud to count Southwest Airlines as a long-time partner in building the next generation of conservation leaders. Since 1957, SCA has mobilized more than 90,000 youth and community volunteers in service to the environment.

In addition to volunteering with SCA throughout the year, Southwest Airlines employees...

Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Staff | Thursday, March 14, 2019

Before I began my first position with Student Conservation Association as a five-month member of the Massachusetts AmeriCorps Team, I had recently graduated from college in western Pennsylvania as a music teacher and was working part-time as a lifeguard and lifeguard instructor.  I was working multiple jobs - none of...

Adventures, Career Success, People

Posted by Emerson Gaziano | Wednesday, March 13, 2019

SCA/AmeriCorps provided me something I consider priceless, and something that helped launch my career. SCA/AmeriCorps provided me what I call ‘dirt time’.

Dirt time occurs when you lead a 25-member SCA AmeriCorps service project to build a 24-foot, backcountry bog bridge, over three 85-90 degree Fahrenheit July days. Dirt time occurs...

Adventures, Career Success, Parks

Posted by Staff | Monday, March 11, 2019

May 10, 2015 was supposed to be the day I walked across a stage in a cap and gown with my classmates to celebrate ourselves and our hard work over the last four years.

Instead, it was the day I moved to the Challis-National Forest to start an internship. Rather than...

Adventures, People

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Monday, March 11, 2019
Bruce Putnam, husband of almost 27 years to SCA Founding President Liz Putnam, passed away earlier this month following an extended illness. SCA’s Kevin Hamilton worked frequently with Liz and Bruce over much of that time, and shares these memories.
As Bruce used to tell the story –...

Join SCA in Celebrating Earth Month 2019!

Posted by Ally Ratliff | Friday, March 8, 2019

This April, SCA is celebrating Earth Month across the nation! With national support from American Express and Southwest Airlines, we are aiming to connect our members, alumni, friends, and partners across the country to create a nationwide network of Earth Month celebrations. 

From large-scale team-based events to “quick touch” service activities...

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, February 26, 2019

On February 26, Grand Canyon National Park turned the big 1-0-0. Anything but a hidden treasure in northern Arizona, the Grand Canyon is as amazing as it is vast.

Here are four things SCA loves about GRCA (that’s government-speak for this gobsmacking gorge):

Our Founder LOVES GRCA

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Posted by Staff | Thursday, February 21, 2019

By Sam Spence, SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps Member 

Sub-Zero temperatures. Icy walkways. Snow constantly getting dumped from the sky. These are all things that corps members experience during their stay in Hawley MA. The fashion here is heavy coats, hats, gloves and boots. How can any sane person survive living...

Adventures, People

One Woman's Solo Hike on the Hayduke

Posted by Emerson Gaziano | Wednesday, February 13, 2019

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” -Edward Abbey

Danielle Alling served with SCA as a Crew Leader in Yellowstone National Park in 2017. She knows the importance of our public lands and how they...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Parks, Trails and Hiking