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.

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Photos by Garrett Allen
Screening Hosted by SCA and the Walpole Historical SocietyJuly 1, Bellows Falls, Vermont - Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan’s most recent film, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, played to a Sold Out audience at the Bellows Falls Opera House. The rain broke just long enough for the patrons to line up around the block.

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At first, the idea that the upcoming work week was to be spent solely in the fire office in Marblemount was kind of a drag. After all the cool places we had traveled to around the North Cascades National Park, we were going nowhere this week but back and forth between computer desks.

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This is the third entry in our ongoing series, Photographs Fantastique, in which we count down 50 days until the Unofficial Official Start of High Season for conservation programs. Jessica Bolis, a two-time SCA alumna and current SCA supervisor at Sequoia National Forest, takes a minute to check out the extraordinary view.

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By Apoorva Mahajan, NPS Academy 2013This week on Conservation Nation, we’re bringing you blog updates from session 2 of NPS Academy 2013.

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Time has absolutely flown by. I cannot believe that I have little over a month left with my internship. I swear I just got out of orientation. I was so nervous leaving home to go to the National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia.

Needless to say, orientation was a blast. I met so many new people and learned so many neat things.

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Reposted from the Sierra Club Blog
What’s in your future? Whether you decide to spend the summer traveling, learning green job skills, or cultivating sustainable habits, the choices you make today could change the course of your life.

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Driving down the West Side Highway in Manhattan nearly every day can have its ups and downs. On Friday, I found myself in the midst of heavy traffic as I exited the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and onto the West Side Highway, en route to Rockland County, NY. I listened every ten minutes to the traffic report, trying to plot my best escape from the city.

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Let me start off by saying that the oh so creative name of this lake and town in Alaska only makes sense for one of those things. Take a look at this picture I took of my handy map and you will see what I mean. That blue blob is the lake and that tiny place to the right of it is the town. While Big Lake has over 50 miles of shoreline and is well…

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Photos By Justin PoehneltCutting a tree over a hiking trail in the Frank Church Wilderness with a two person crosscut saw.More by JustinTrail Bridge Construction - 60 Second Time Lapse VideoFlorida Trail Bridge Construction - PhotosMore Photos on Justin’s Flickr

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At the fire hall, tension crackled. In between gleaming fire engines, volunteers in rain gear and torn flannel murmured to each other, speculating about the lost racer—where he was last seen, what he was wearing, where he might have gone off the narrow race trail and into the bush.

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This Post is by Alternative Spring Break Crew 2After some exciting travel experiences (including lost luggage, lost driver’s license, and lost people), the crew finally all arrived at the Grand Canyon ready for adventures. After a bracing/frigid/chilly/exciting evening, the crew woke up ready for more awesome cooking from their intrepid kitchen deity, Emily. To reacquaint themselves with limbs they had lost the feeling from, the group led each other in stretches, followed by general orientation to the week and its rules from Rebecca and Emily, then a game by Yoga Master Sam.

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By ASB Group 2 - March 26, 2009 - Grand Canyon We woke up today with sore bodies but energized spirits. With the memories of our varied hikes and canyon experiences fresh in our mind from yesterday, we spent the morning stretching, refueling, and preparing to get back to our conservation work for the park.

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Well, now that we’ve gotten the first week of craziness out of the way, it’s time to circle back around to all of those little details like who I am and why this blog even exists.

I’ve had kind of circuitous route through the old education system to end up here in the SCA. I started out my college career at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio studying wildlife sciences.

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This month marks SCA’s 55th Anniversary. To date, SCA has engaged nearly 70,000 young people in conservation internships and jobs, resulting in more than 30 million hours of service on federal, state, and local lands. Two-thirds of SCA alumni remain active in conservation.

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Learning to Cross-Cut (SCA’s Maggie and David

I am writing this blog from a couch in my U.S. Forest Service bunkhouse here in Summit County, CO. It feels good to rest on this soft surface with my feet up, as my bones are aching from all of the hiking that we do here. Even so, I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything.

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Jacob rests on the front loader following a tough day in the field.

When I signed up for the Student “Conservation” Association’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB), I thought knew what to expect. We’d be doing some planting, some harvesting, some taking care of the land.

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What if you woke up one winter morning to a suddenly alien landscape?…

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Here are some early photos from this afternoon’s tree planting event with Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and Bill Clinton at Kenilworth Park in Washington, DC. Check out those awesome SCA members working hard along side the President!”Somebody forgot my boots!”

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