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.

SCA alum Ian Vogel is now a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service!

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Yosemite Toad by Rick Kuyper, USFWS

Ian Vogel participated in the Directorate Fellowship Program with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in the summer of 2016 through SCA and is now a wildlife biologist with the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office. He assists with collecting Yosemite toad eggs for two different captive rearing projects.

Animals & Wildlife, Career Success, People, Science

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Monday, July 9, 2018

Things sure have changed since their dads made this trek a quarter century ago.

Cal Najimy and Steve Bagley are part of an SCA team on the Alaska Panhandle, replacing an elaborate fish pass in Tongass National Forest. They are literally following in the footsteps (and airstreams) of their fathers,...

Posted by Staff | Friday, July 6, 2018
Bumblebees on a flower.

Is that stinging critter a bee, yellow jacket, wasp, or hornet? It’s natural to feel worried when you see stinging insects buzzing around your backyard or barbecue in the park, but many of them are relatively harmless—and are important pollinators. In Part I, we’ll help you learn to identify bees,...

Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Education, Endangered Species, Trails and Hiking

Posted by Staff | Thursday, July 5, 2018
Female brown-headed cowbird by Barry Cruver.

Writeen by Sarantia Mitsinikos, an Invasive Species Project Steward with the SCA Hudson Valley Corps. She is currently serving a 10 month position at New York’s Minnewaska State Park.

The Invasive Species Field Office at Minnewaska State Park gained a new member early this spring. An eastern...

Animals & Wildlife, Education, Invasives

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Lost Lake trail in Chugach National Forest in Alaska by Shanice Bailey

Nature in America’s national parks, refuges, and protected spaces is a profusion of color: from the purple-pink rhododendrons in the Great Smoky Mountains to the palette of reds, tans, and oranges on the south rim of the Grand Canyon, from the steel blues and grays of Glacier...

Backcountry & Wilderness, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking

Boots on the Ground at Taku Lake Park

Posted by Ally Ratliff | Wednesday, June 27, 2018

June 21st, the longest day of the year, is quite a unique experience in Alaska. The Great Land celebrates this day with live music, gatherings with friends and families, and in the great outdoors. The sun never seems to set here. On this year’s summer solstice, CIRI and SCA teamed...

Forests, Invasives, Kids, Parks, Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Peter Winfrey Along the Dalton Highway in Northern Alaska

As a history major at Loyola University New Orleans, Peter Winfrey didn’t expect his career would lead him to the National Park Service (NPS). He definitely didn’t think it would take him to the largest and one of the wildest states in the country: Alaska.

Yet, after years of volunteering, an...

Career Success, Education, Parks, People

Domtar Employees, Family and Friends Help Clean Up Lions Park!

Posted by Alycia Chuney | Tuesday, June 26, 2018


On Saturday, June 16th, Domtar Employees teamed...

Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Staff | Monday, June 25, 2018
Everglades National Park by Matthew Paulson

Located on the southern tip of Florida, the Everglades National Park – a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, Wetland of International Importance, and a specially protected area under the Cartagena Treaty – is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles live side by side....

Career Success, Diversity, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Bee Flying Near Lavender

At the moment, the land owned by Elder Pyatt in Beattie, Oregon is covered by juniper trees and rocks. But it won’t be for long. Pyatt, a Student Conversation Association alum and Iraq War veteran, has big dreams for his 40 acres: to turn them into a flourishing lavender farm.


Animals & Wildlife, Sustainability, Wildfires

Posted by Julia Kaback | Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Recently, at my synagogue Congregation Rodeph Shalom in New York City, a rabbi shared his desire to learn about bread baking. Hearing this sermon reminded me of baking bread on Student Conservation Association (SCA) high school crews during my summer recess. I returned home a few hours later and checked...

Posted by Staff | Monday, June 18, 2018
SCA Headed to the 2018 Vans Warped Tour

You’ll find the latest updates from Alexis on the road with the Vans Warped Tour 2018, here.

Hey hi hello!

My name is Alexis Acar and I am one of the Corporate and Community Engagement Coordinators at the Student Conservation Association (SCA). In a few days, I’ll be...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Tuesday, June 12, 2018
What are the chances of history repeating itself…twice? Simultaneously?
This story begins in the summer of 1992 on Kupreanof Island, part of Tongass National Forest in southeastern Alaska. Officials there wanted to install a fish pass to make it easier for coho salmon to navigate Mitchell Creek. To

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area BLM
Adventures, Parks, Trails and Hiking

West Monroe teamed up in Seattle to restore University District P-Patch

Posted by Ally Ratliff | Monday, June 4, 2018

On Friday, June 1st, West Monroe employee volunteers teamed up with SCA at Seattle’s University District P-Patch to help revitalize this much-loved, public space. Over 50 participants gathered together for #WMPDayofChange to clear pathways and garden beds and restore the garden’s composting structure.


Invasives, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, May 30, 2018
5 Creative Ways to Get Outside During Great Outdoors Month

In 1998, President Clinton launched “Great Outdoors Week,” seven days to celebrate our relationship with nature in all of its facets: recreation, art, therapy, conservation, and so much more. So popular was the initiative that, over time, it blossomed into Great Outdoors Month. And, fitting for the time that heralds...

Adventures, Parks, Trails and Hiking, Volunteer Opportunities

Seed Balls with American Express

Posted by Kelly McSween Runzel | Friday, May 25, 2018
April 17th , 2018 - American Express hosts Seed Ball events in Phoenix, Miami, Salt Lake City and New York City and helps create thousands of Seed Balls.
I made my way through the TSA security check point hoping that the quarter pound satchel of Native Western Wildflower Seeds...

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Thursday, May 24, 2018
SCA has earned many honors over the years: from the Interior Department, the US Conference of Mayors, the Garden Club of America and others (not to mention Founding President Liz Putnam’s Presidential Citizens Medal).
This week, however, we entered an entirely new realm when the SCA documentary “National Park...

Posted by Staff | Thursday, May 24, 2018
Ranger Alex Poole at Yellowstone National Park

What does it take to be a park ranger? To find out, we caught up with SCA alumni who have gone on to hold government careers as park rangers. In Part I, we explored the college majors and internships that can help you land your dream job. In...

Career Success, Parks

400 Volunteers, 5 Cities, 1 Earth Month Project

Posted by Ally Ratliff | Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Drones flying overhead, youth tweeting to the world, Go Pro’s readied for action. Doesn’t sound like something you would see during an outdoor service project, does it? At Exelon’s first ever National Volunteer week, that was exactly what we saw. During the month of April, SCA & Exelon teamed up...

Forests, Invasives, Kids, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities