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 Karrie Kressler |

My work breaks away from the traditional SCA roles. I’m not cutting tread on a beautiful backcountry trail, or providing much needed disaster relief. I do not interact with wild animals or fires.

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SCA’s Alternative Spring Break 2013 kicks off this week at Big Cypress National Preserve in Southern Florida.

Follow along right here as three members of the preserve’s 30-person crew provide daily accounts of their week-long conservation adventure, brought to you by SCA and American Eagle Outfitters.

Look for updates all month, with fresh bloggers every Monday, as this is just the first of

Posted by Joseph Thurston |

It’s time! Time for the year’s last round of the Conservation Caption Competition, Winter 2012 Edition. Let’s end the year right with an absurd caption for this absurd photo.Entries are due, either here or on Facebook, by 5 PM EST on Friday.

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Dawn had hardly broken and two hikers had broken their wrists on icy South Kaibab Trail at Grand Canyon NP. At the same time, the one-time parking lot SCA’s Alternative Spring Break team was to reveg was still covered in snow, so: activate Plan B.

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Photo credit: Evan Kutzler from SCA’s I heart Snow photo contest 2011

And the winner of the Jan 2012 Caption Contest is…Jayelle Cumberledge with…NO! NO!

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Image 1: Hiking Static Peak, Elevation 11,303 feet

The wild that we always see in movies and in parks is very different from the human lifestyle, from civilization. Most of the people in the US do not live by the wild, and have no knowledge in how to survive or deal with it.

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Have you ever wondered what the President of the United States would look like in an SCA vest? Now you know…Stay up to date with SCA’s fan page on Facebook for the latest photos, news, and videos.

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I’m not going to lie; I wasn’t all that excited about camping on Cape Island last Wednesday night. I mean sure, I probably should have been excited about going camping for the first time in my life. But the thunderstorms that were ripping through the area for the past two nights before this “life altering” camping trip were giving me second thoughts.

Posted by Jenny Myung |

A 100,000+ acre, lightening caused fire that burned in the San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests and on private lands in southern Colorado. Photo Courtesy of the US Forest Service

For years, Smokey Bear had me convinced that humans were destroying Nature with their campfires and cigarettes.

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Tired and proud machete wielders.

There’s a reason I keep coming back to the SCA. The work is rewarding, the food is delicious, and the locations are beautiful. But all those factors combined cannot trump the best the SCA has to offer: its people.

The SCA draws its participants from a variety of backgrounds.

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What do you think of when you hear the term conservation? Admittedly the first things that jumps to my mind are trail work and invasive species removal because that’s all I’ve known for so many years.

Help is on the way for park lands ravaged by Superstorm Sandy.

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Help is on the way for park lands ravaged by Superstorm Sandy.The Student Conservation Association is mounting a largescale, collaborative, youth-fueled recovery program to repair storm-damaged public lands throughout the New York-New Jersey area.

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Can’t make it to one of our Earth Day events? Or perhaps you are attending an event but you still want other ways to support SCA. Thanks to our partners American Eagle Outfitters and Zipcar, now you can. Both partners have special Earth Week promotions to benefit SCA.

Posted by Jacqueline Keating |
Sunrise at Delicate Arch

I felt like a four year old dragging my feet through the sand and pouting despite the fact that I was in one of the most beautiful places in the country and had just witnessed a breathtaking sunrise at Delicate Arch. One of my friends was visiting from the east coast, so on my much-needed day off I agreed to spend the morning in the park and found myself regretting it immediately.

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This week, the first wave of 93 SCA high school trail crews started work. In Denali, Inyo Mammoth, Chief Joseph Dam, Saguaro, Acadia, Cumberland Island National Seashore and many, many other national parks and forests, SCA members are building trails and bridges, making new friends, and taking up the challenge issued by President Obama to engage in national service.

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By Emma Jornlin, SCA StaffThe room bubbled with energy just prior to the start of the America’s Great Outdoors Listening Session last Thursday. Nearly one hundred youth from around Seattle gathered at circular tables, playing with the place cards, eating granola bars, and talking excitedly. No one seemed to know what was going to happen, only that we had been invited here by important figures from various park and environmental agencies.

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Photos by Erika Barker

Two days have passed so far and I find myself more in love with this beautiful diverse ecosystem than ever before. I have never seen skies so blue or a sun so bright in my life.

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SCA’s own Emily McGinty sent us this update yesterday from Pittsburgh’s MLK Day events: I had a great time with the SCA crowd today—from crafts and drumming to ice skating and dancing, we had a really fun time and got tons of people, especially kids, hyped up about MLK Day. Our event ended at 4:30pm and I’ve just come home with the pictures. I am actually headed to the inauguration in about an hour and a half with 30 kids from my school and 150 people from Pittsburgh—-pretty crazy!!

Posted by Joseph Thurston |

Being from western New York I am not used to the heat of south central Oklahoma, especially this year as the temperatures have insisted in remaining 5-10˚ above average.

Posted by Venice Wong |
Norming to Performing

Photo: Hiking Big Sycamore Canyon Falls

A week can seem like forever yet go by in a flash. We spent our last day(Friday, March 29th) as a group working with native plants, for a change of pace, in the Rancho Sierra Vista, not too far from the Wendy Trail trailhead. To prevent over watering natives planted earlier in March by the first California ASB, we established a simple system.

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