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.

Manhattan Center for Science & Mathematics gets a green makeover

Posted by Alycia Chuney | Wednesday, January 9, 2019


On Wednesday, more than 100 Timberland and Journey’s Employees and SCA Volunteers rallied on the campus of Manhattan Center for...

Education, People, Sustainability

Posted by Staff | Thursday, January 3, 2019
SCA MA AmeriCorps Member Rachel Rothe

By Rachel Rothe, SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps Member 

As I drive west through Massachusetts to my new site location, the weather got worse and worse. What started out as a clear and dry day, was now snowy and covered with a heavy fog. I was the first corps member to...

Adventures, People

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Scenic view of beautiful sunset above the river at summer evening.

As pharmaceutical solutions for mental health care have dominated in the United States in recent decades, we tend to overlook an important component of both our physical and emotional wellbeing: Nature.

Although anecdotal evidence of nature’s benefits has existed forever, the medical community is just starting to evaluate and consider the...


Posted by Staff | Monday, December 31, 2018
8 Secrets to a Happy and Healthy Year

Looking for the secrets to a better year for you and the planet? We’ve compiled a few ideas on how to accomplish both. These might inspire you to formulate a set of your own resolutions and goals for the new year.

1. Step outside—even just for a short walk.

There’s no minimum...
Adventures, Sustainability, Trails and Hiking

Posted by Staff | Friday, December 21, 2018
Hikers at Roxborough State Park in Colorado.

By Anna Wadhams, SCA Alumni Council

Want to start 2019 in the great outdoors? On January 1st you can join a nationwide initiative to support state parks with a First Day Hike. All 50 state park systems will celebrate the New Year with guided hikes for the...

Adventures, Parks, Trails and Hiking

Posted by Staff | Thursday, December 20, 2018
Two scientists working in a greenhouse.

The world of graduate programs is alluring for many students interested in careers in the outdoors or environmental science. While the process and requirements for undergraduate programs are familiar—transcripts, SATs, interviews, and campus visits—graduate school may feel mysterious and daunting.

So, what’s needed to be competitive for grad school in the...

Career Success, Education, Forests, People

Teaming Up to Green Little Green Acres Park

Posted by Ally Ratliff | Thursday, November 29, 2018

On Thursday, November 1st, SCA, Timberland, Journeys, and many local partners came together to transform an abandoned community garden into a thriving green space for the LA community. Over 80 participants tallied more than 500 service hours, uniting to renew 10,018 square feet of garden space. These Earthkeepers came...

Parks, Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Staff | Thursday, November 15, 2018
Find the best gift for the outdoor enthusiast in your life.


Not sure what to get the nature lover in your life? Do they refuse anything fancy and seem to already have all the gear they need? How do you show your love and appreciation without breaking the bank? Luckily, we have a few ideas to help you find the...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Forests, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Environmental education intern with the SCA Hudson Valley Corps.

How do kids fall in love with the outdoors? Interpretive guides or environmental educators inspire them daily at parks and schools. We are in dire need of innovative educators to develop and guide this hands-on learning. Up to the challenge? Instill an appreciation of the natural world in students and...

Education, Parks, People

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Emigrant National Historic Trail in Wyoming by Bob Wick, BLM.
Animals & Wildlife, History, Trails and Hiking

Posted by Staff | Friday, October 26, 2018
Ways to combine your passion for art and conservation!

Throughout history, many of the world’s greatest works of art have arisen out of a contemplation of nature: just think of Monet’s Water Lilies paintings or Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, which within its five movements captures everything from a burbling brook to a storm to a country...

Animals & Wildlife, Career Success, Parks, People, Science

Posted by Dani Tinker | Wednesday, October 24, 2018
SCA intern Ashley Xu holding a pallid bat at Glen Canyon Recreation Area.

Popular culture and common myths perpetuate a fear of these misunderstood animals. They are more closely related to primates than rats and mice, they aren’t all rabid, and they don’t like to mess with humans. Bats want to do their own thing and be left alone. There’s no real reason...

Animals & Wildlife, Endangered Species, Science

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Fire at Yellowstone National Park in 1988 by Jeff Henry.

Thirty years ago, in the summer of 1988, more than thirty percent of Yellowstone National Park – known as the “Wonderland of the West” – turned into a raging inferno. After a wet spring, drought struck the park in June, leading to the driest summer in...

History, Parks, Wildfires

Posted by Dani Tinker | Monday, October 15, 2018
SCA crew members work as a team.

A growing SCA initiative is helping teens with autism transition into young adulthood. For the second consecutive summer, high school students with autism joined SCA crews to improve local green spaces. The partnership between SCA and Drexel University launched last year in Philadelphia. This year, it expanded to Pittsburgh and...

Diversity, People, Trails and Hiking

Working Hard in Port Huron!

Posted by Alycia Chuney | Wednesday, October 3, 2018

On Saturday, September 29th forty-two bright and eager Domtar Employees, Family Members, and Friends helped revitalize Sanborn Natural Trail in Port Huron. Port Huron Parks  & Recreation Staff,  who usually maintain the trail has experienced a busy summer. With a staff of only seven to maintain 19 city parks, the trail hasn’t gotten as much...

Forests, Kids, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking

Earthkeepers Unite at The Blue Island Corridor

Posted by Ally Ratliff | Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Volunteers in Chicago for the Earthkeepers Unite event.

On Thursday, September 27th, SCA, Timberland, Journeys, and many local partners came together to transform The Blue Island Corridor from an abandoned lot into a renewed green space. Over 70 participants teamed up to green about 3,500 square feet totaling more than 400 conservation service hours. These conservation leaders strapped...

Invasives, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Staff | Thursday, September 20, 2018
SCA Alum Samuel Merring at Stanislaus National Forest.

Samuel Merring, a seasonal interpretative ranger at the Stanislaus National Forest in northern California, develops and leads nature programs and guided walks around the forest’s picturesque Lake Alpine reservoir. What makes this all the more impressive is that Merring, who just completed his second summer on the job,...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Coasts & Water, Education, Forests, Parks, Science, Sustainability, Trails and Hiking, Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Dani Tinker | Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Pixley State Park by Michael Christoferson

Looking for a place to visit this fall? It can be a challenge to find new places to explore while avoiding crowds on the trail. That’s why we asked our alumni and community to share their favorite spots. Whether an awe-inspiring waterfall or a trail along a river, these sites...

Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Parks, Trails and Hiking

Posted by Staff | Friday, September 7, 2018
SCA Earth Day Volunteer Pulling Invasive Species in California

Students all over the United States are checking class schedules and shouldering backpacks for another year of learning and growth. But as you head back to school this year, don’t leave your passion for sustainability at the door. Your school needs you – more than you might know. According to...

Education, Kids, Sustainability

Posted by Dani Tinker | Thursday, September 6, 2018
Cattle on Kroll Waterfowl Production Area in North Dakota by Krista Lundgren, USFWS.

It’s no secret that pollinators are in trouble. Many bee and butterfly species across the country are struggling to survive. And in some cases, there’s not even enough data to figure out next steps to help them. That’s where SCA pollinator interns come in!

Gathering Critical Pollinator Data

Over the summer, Simon...

Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Endangered Species, Science