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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The Houston crew started off first thing Monday morning with orientation at the office. Everyone was able to meet for the first time, learn the names of tools they’d be using and learn what projects they will be doing in the next six weeks. Orientation also gave students a chance to get a feel for what they would be doing out in the field.

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A lot has happened in the past 2 weeks. The Piping Plover chick watches ended July 11th so now we just do routine checks on them every day. They seem to have done well this year with around 25 chicks on our three beaches. They are still as cute as ever but are getting to be pretty big. Seven on Crescent Beach have already fledged.

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Here is our boat, tied up at the launch at Eagle. The bluff towers over the tiny village.

On my second patrol, June 18th-26th, my supervisor, Josh, and I embarked on a motorboat trip up and down the section of the Yukon River that lies within Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.

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Ben Goldfarb recently completed a hitch as an SCA Fisheries intern at Yellowstone, charged with helping restore the native cutthroat trout, a food source for grizzlies and otters among others. You can learn more about these photos and Ben’s assignment by visiting his blog, wastivore.blogspot.

by Andrea Willingham

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Andrea’s been in Nome, Alaska since this summer, serving as the SCA Multimedia and Graphic Design Intern for Bering Land Bridge National Preserve.

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Trail Crew on Mount Rogers in 1993. Found via the SCA Facebook Group.This is the twentieth 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.

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Winter is on and so is Round 4 of the Conservation Caption Competition. Who’s going to win a prize pack of choice SCA goods? Whoever comments with the cleverest caption (as judged by caption quality evaluator, and Follow Me blogger, Danielle Thompson).Entries are due, either here or on Facebook, by Thursday at 5 PM EST.Special thanks to SCA national partner Dr.

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If you are an undergraduate or graduate student of color and you’re looking for an exciting career opportunity, then look no further than the National Park Service Academy. The Academy is a joint program between SCA and the National Park Service designed to introduce diverse students from across the country to career opportunities with the National Parks.

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(above) This picture taken after dominating the last bit of trail and hiking out laden with tools.

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Hi, Everyone!

My name is Steven. This summer I have been in HOT-lanta and boy is it hot. My internship has been at the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southeast Regional Office in Atlanta working in Visitor Services and Outreach.

During my internship, I have had the opportunity to visit field sites throughout the region.

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Aerial photo of the USS Arizona via Wikipedia

In 2008, President George W Bush established WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument which includes sites in Hawaii, California, and Alaska. This set of historic sites reveals a wider more complete story of the War in the Pacific, from the attack on Pearl Harbor, to the segregation of Japanese Americans.

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Their morning commute is a 35 minute hike past colossal cacti and under constant sun. Not a Starbucks or a donut shop in sight. Once they arrive, they use some admittedly silly routines to ensure everyone is stretched before they pick up their tools and go to work.This is how every day has started for nearly the past two weeks.

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Today was a recreation day, and it was amazing. First we went on a canoe trip on the Black Water River in Collier Seminole State Park. We learned a lot about the different mangroves and the Natives that used to live here.

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A quick synopsis of the stand outs from this week’s media blitz:Backpacker: It’s good to see Obama join in on his own initiatives.Huffington Post: “I think the president has pretty good shoveling skills,” Obama said of Clinton’s work.WJZ Baltimore: This is an Earth Day a Baltimore City teen will remember for the rest of his life.Washington Post: “Great job, trees,” VPOTUS said after it was over.

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It’s time! Time to revive the Conservation Caption Competition! Spring is, after all, a season of renewal. To start things off, we have a pic from last month’s NPS Academy session in Grand Teton National Park. Quite an outfit, amiright?Comment with your cleverest caption by 5 PM EST Friday 4/5 either here or on Facebook.

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From the official Facebook page of Jay Inslee former U.S. Rep. (WA-D), now Candidate for WA Governor.
“Just finished speaking at Student Conservation Association’s Earth Day event in the Washington Park Arboretum. My parents led SCA trips up to Mt. Rainier, and those experiences gave me a deep appreciation for our environment.

One of the nicest parts about this internship is the way the work weeks are set up. We are on a eight days on -six days off schedule which allows us to bust out our work when need be and also gives us time to recuperate—and go adventuring! We have had the opportunity to explore the majority of Prince of Wales Island in addition to the places we visit while working in the surrounding area.

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Grand opening is now over. The dignitaries have come and gone and we emerged basically unscathed from the hurricane. Now that things have calmed down enough to write a new blog the utter insanity of the last week comes into even better focus.

The first major hurdle that came up was all of the crap in the basement of our education building.

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It begins, but who’s to say when it begins. The drive and desire to protect natural spaces, to ensure adequate resources for future generations, to promote the recovery of endangered species while preventing others from becoming threatened, and to simply enjoy something so majestic that man can never hope to recreate it. It’s conservation.

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Watch the video below, then pledge to take part this summer by signing the Conservation Declaration. Our goal is to reach 5,000 signatures by Monday, June 22nd - the launch of the president’s United We Serve campaign. Once you’ve signed, you’ll be entered to win a National Parks Annual Pass!

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