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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Hi, my name’s Alexis and I’ve been stationed at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. I’ve been doing Reed Canary Grass surveys and forest inventory for about a month now. In the Reed Canary Grass survey we go to meadows infested with Reed Canary Grass-an invasive species-and compare different treatment methods for getting rid of it.

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For the last four years I’ve lived as a college student in New York City. I knew I wanted to spend my last summer here exploring and appreciating this crazy, vibrant, unexpected city.

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H.R. 1612: Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2009  Press Conference, 7/22/2009WASHINGTON, DC – Two DC Conservation Crews joined SCA staff and an ensemble of nonprofit leaders and youth volunteers outside the Capitol on Wednesday, July 22 to lend support to the passage of the Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2009 (“PLSC”).Representative Raul Grijalva of Arizona, who is sponsoring the bill, said that “this act is about making an investment in one of the precious resources of this nation, which is its young people.”  The PLSC legislation would expand service-learning opportunities for high school, college, and graduate students to serve on the nation’s public lands.  Read the full text of H.R. 1612 here (via GovTrack). 

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This post was written by Lilly Stewart

I have spent a lot of time working on vegetation monitoring this summer. I find it helpful to imagine that I am journeying through the rainforests of South and Central America looking for the legendary city of El Dorado while searching for monitoring plots.

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This is the sixth entry in our ongoing series, Photograph Fantastique, in which we count down 50 days until the Unofficial Official Start of High Season for conservation programs.SCA Interns team up with Friends of The Forest Preserves in resource magament and FIREMON in The Cook County Forest Preserve in Chicago, IL. Photo taken 10/30/2007.Learn more about The Cook County Forest Preserve

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Welcome to the Conservation Caption Competition, Fall 2012 Edition. Every second Monday between now and December 7, I’ll be posting a photo to Facebook and calling on you, gentle reader, to caption it.Captions are due by 5 PM Wednesday. The winning caption, as chosen by our designated caption quality evaluator, SCA intern Danielle Thompson, will be posted here and on Facebook Friday morning.

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After working in depth with the environment and wildlife, Thursday was dedicated to experiencing the more touristy side of Joshua Tree National Park, either through rock climbing or a tour of the historical Keys Ranch.

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Today marks almost a month since the start of my internship at Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge (RCNWR) in Wells, Maine. Let me tell you, it has been an amazing month. From the first day, the staff has not only been kind and generous but funny, open, and fully committed to making every day better than the one before.

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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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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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On the morning of November 2nd, with transportation still down across New York City, over 100 volunteers — including SCA alums — made their way to Hudson River Park on the Manhattan waterfront to help with the clean-up effort. Some peddled up on bicycles, others came on foot from as far away as Brooklyn and Queens.

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Jeff Chen, SCA alumni council co-chair, was featured on NBC Nightly News last week for helping America clean up its act.
Jeff co-founded Pick Up America after an idea he got during his SCA internship at Yosemite. As an intern, Jeff was hiking up Half Dome when he saw litter on the trail.

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At the end of the Harding Icefield Trail, it feels like the end of the world.

There is no grand finale, no plunging cliff, no soaring overlook. Just flags through the snow, and tracks, and then nothing. Snow, and rock, and Exit Glacier, and the far reaches of the Harding Icefield on the horizon, still heavy-coated with thick sugary white.

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Hello…my name is Whitney Kempfert and I am from Minnesootah. I grew up in the twin cities, but some of the best times in my life have been spent outdoors and in National Parks.

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Well, the final week of my internship has come and gone.

A few of us went down to Bon Secour National Wildlife Reserve to try and catch a sea turtle hatching at one of their beach sites. To my dismay, they sensed I was coming to the area and waited to hatch until the day after I’d left.

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

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Big Cypress National Swamp

ASB crew members hard at work. Back (left to right): Nick, Chris, Tom. Front: Kenneth.

Officially, Big Cypress is a National “Preserve”, but why should we be so bland? Why not call it what it really is? After all, we have national forests, national grasslands, national seashores, national lakeshores, etc., etc., etc. The benefits of these descriptive names are many.

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