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 Dani Tinker | Monday, October 15, 2018
SCA crew members work as a team.

A growing SCA initiative is helping teens with autism transition into young adulthood. For the second consecutive summer, high school students with autism joined SCA crews to improve local green spaces. The partnership between SCA and Drexel University launched last year in Philadelphia. This year, it expanded to Pittsburgh and...

Diversity, People, Trails and Hiking

Working Hard in Port Huron!

Posted by Alycia Chuney | Wednesday, October 3, 2018

On Saturday, September 29th forty-two bright and eager Domtar Employees, Family Members, and Friends helped revitalize Sanborn Natural Trail in Port Huron. Port Huron Parks  & Recreation Staff,  who usually maintain the trail has experienced a busy summer. With a staff of only seven to maintain 19 city parks, the trail hasn’t gotten as much...

Forests, Kids, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking

Earthkeepers Unite at The Blue Island Corridor

Posted by Ally Ratliff | Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Volunteers in Chicago for the Earthkeepers Unite event.

On Thursday, September 27th, SCA, Timberland, Journeys, and many local partners came together to transform The Blue Island Corridor from an abandoned lot into a renewed green space. Over 70 participants teamed up to green about 3,500 square feet totaling more than 400 conservation service hours. These conservation leaders strapped...

Invasives, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Staff | Thursday, September 20, 2018
SCA Alum Samuel Merring at Stanislaus National Forest.

Samuel Merring, a seasonal interpretative ranger at the Stanislaus National Forest in northern California, develops and leads nature programs and guided walks around the forest’s picturesque Lake Alpine reservoir. What makes this all the more impressive is that Merring, who just completed his second summer on the job,...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Coasts & Water, Education, Forests, Parks, Science, Sustainability, Trails and Hiking, Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Dani Tinker | Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Pixley State Park by Michael Christoferson

Looking for a place to visit this fall? It can be a challenge to find new places to explore while avoiding crowds on the trail. That’s why we asked our alumni and community to share their favorite spots. Whether an awe-inspiring waterfall or a trail along a river, these sites...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Parks, Trails and Hiking

Posted by Staff | Friday, September 7, 2018
SCA Earth Day Volunteer Pulling Invasive Species in California

Students all over the United States are checking class schedules and shouldering backpacks for another year of learning and growth. But as you head back to school this year, don’t leave your passion for sustainability at the door. Your school needs you – more than you might know. According to...

Education, Kids, Sustainability

Posted by Dani Tinker | Thursday, September 6, 2018
Cattle on Kroll Waterfowl Production Area in North Dakota by Krista Lundgren, USFWS.

It’s no secret that pollinators are in trouble. Many bee and butterfly species across the country are struggling to survive. And in some cases, there’s not even enough data to figure out next steps to help them. That’s where SCA pollinator interns come in!

Gathering Critical Pollinator Data

Over the summer, Simon...

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Endangered Species, Science

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Osprey Falls Trailhead at Yellowstone National Park by Jacob W. Frank, NPS

Park rangers are the smiling, friendly, informative folks in uniform we see at the visitor’s center or on the trails of our favorite public lands. They interact with the public on a daily basis and occasionally must deal with people breaking rules or being disrespectful. Let’s give them a hand....

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Forests, Parks, Trails and Hiking

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 24, 2018
Chaco Culture National Historic Park by Karen Blaha

Going to work each day at some of the nation’s most significant and iconic lands is quite a feeling. And the competition for jobs with the National Park Service is a reflection of that. That’s where internships with the Student Conservation Assocaiton (SCA) — in partnership with national parks —...

Backcountry & Wilderness, Parks, Science, Trails and Hiking

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Monday, August 20, 2018
All summer long, the SCA crew at Tongass National Forest worked an alternating schedule: one week of long, arduous days replacing a fading fish pass on Kupreanof Island, and the next in nearby Petersburg. Fortunately, they were in town when Chuck Najimy and Lane Bagley flew in on consecutive days...

Posted by Staff | Thursday, August 9, 2018
Gulf Coast Katrina Recovery Intern

The tragedy of a natural disaster unfolds in multiple ways. First and foremost, there are the irreplaceable lives lost. Then, for survivors, there is the trauma of dealing with damaged or destroyed property, ruined livelihoods, and – in the worst cases – the prospect of having to uproot or relocate....

Coasts & Water, Forests, Parks, Volunteer Opportunities, Wildfires

Posted by Staff | Thursday, August 9, 2018
Camp on Shi Shi Beach by Bre Jané

Bre Jané writes about backpacking along the Olympic Coast with her SCA crew learning everything from wilderness skills to marine science—and the realities of plastic pollution.

Landlocked for my whole life not a single bone in my Midwestern body was exposed to the importance of the ocean. In

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Coasts & Water, Education, Sustainability, Trails and Hiking

SCA, Cuyahoga Valley, and Nestlé Partner to Remove Invasives

Posted by Ally Ratliff | Wednesday, August 8, 2018

On Thursday, August 2nd, Nestlé gathered at Terra Vista Natural Study Area alongside SCA and Cuyahoga Valley National Park to continue a seemingly never-ending battle with invasive species. More than 140 participants came together to remove over 60,000 square feet of invasive autumn olive and honeysuckle! This was no small...

Forests, Invasives, Parks, Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, August 7, 2018
SCA Interns Serving at Huron WMD in South Dakota

SCA interns Sophie Kline and Carol Gause write about their experiences serving at a haven for migratory birds with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this summer.

We are students from North Carolina and Florida spending our summer out in the prairies of South Dakota with the U.S....

Animals & Wildlife, People, Science, Wetlands

Posted by Staff | Monday, July 30, 2018
Brandywine Falls at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Nearly 50 years ago, the Cuyahoga River in northeast Ohio caught fire. Although this was not the first occurrence of its kind – the river had caught fire some 13 times since 1868 due to spill-off from the steel mills and factories stretching between Akron and Cleveland – this...

Coasts & Water, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking, Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Staff | Monday, July 30, 2018
Hiker admiring the Tetons by Allyson McCarthy.

There’s nothing like a bracing hike to get our blood pumping and our senses filled with the sights and sounds of nature. Fortunately, there’s plenty to choose from: with a network of nearly 60,000 miles, America’s National Trails System is longer than the Interstate Highway System!

Alas, no outdoor...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Trails and Hiking

Posted by Staff | Monday, July 30, 2018
1969 Olympic National Park Crew

We recently asked our alumni to tell us their SCA stories, and did they ever! We were so moved by what they had to say that we want to start sharing them with you. Each month we will add a new one as well as link to those that have...

Adventures, History, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Friday, July 27, 2018

The thing you hear most often from SCA alumni is “those X weeks changed my life.”

Nature’s marvels, self-discovery, and a strong sense of accomplishment are all factors in these transformations, but the influence of conservation professionals is also paramount. Those who invest the time to mentor, instruct, advise, encourage, test,...

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Protect oceans and marine life by reducing plastic waste and using reef safe sunblock.

Posted by Staff | Friday, July 13, 2018
European Paper Wasp by Dan Mullen

In Part I of our guide, we taught you how to identify bumble bees and honey bees—two of our most critical pollinators (and pretty nonaggressive, to boot!). In Part II we will explore the other common stinging critters in the U.S., teaching you how to identify them and...

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Education, Science, Trails and Hiking