We often picture park rangers in forested national parks, rescuing hikers or handing out trail maps. And while those are important roles, there are so many others that we rarely hear about. We had a chance to sit down with Jason Cangelosi, the Volunteer Program Manager for the National Mall...
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 Staff | Friday, May 4, 2018
Career Success, Parks, People
Posted by Dani Tinker | Thursday, May 3, 2018
The National Park Service’s aviation branch helps find stranded hikers, manage fires, and conduct wildlife and vegetation surveys. To learn more, we met with Aviation Branch Chief (and SCA ALUM!) Meg Gallagher.
We’re thrilled when we can teach students about leadership or stewardship of the land. But often times,...
Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Forests, People, Wildfires
Posted by Staff | Thursday, April 26, 2018
Sarah Spragg, park ranger for the Bureau of Land Management in Marina, California, sums up her job in five words: “Being available for the public.” In addition to her outreach duties, she also helps maintain the bureau’s facilities and provides special recreation permits for use on public lands. She is...
Career Success, People
Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Friday, April 20, 2018
Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Thursday, April 19, 2018
Like grandchildren rummaging through an attic trove of photographs, Student Conservation Association interns at Yosemite National Park recently began to sort, scan, and share decades-old photos from the park’s past. The Yosemite Conservancy spotlights their efforts in this video, and the excerpted Q&A below.
Posted by Staff | Thursday, April 19, 2018
Sustainability, Volunteer Opportunities
Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Thursday, April 12, 2018
The brilliance of the Milky Way isn’t the only reason to protect dark skies. So what else is at stake?
Posted by Dani Tinker | Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Every time I’m out in the darkness of a wilderness area, I look up at the starry sky and think to myself, wow, we don’t see stars like this in the city. There’s an awe in rediscovering the night sky, and it’s one of the many reasons I go backpacking...
Backcountry & Wilderness, Parks, Trails and Hiking
Interview with Andy Webster about his transformative SCA experience and how it inspired his latest project.
Posted by Staff | Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Career Success, Education, Forests, People
Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Monday, April 9, 2018
Posted by Staff | Friday, April 6, 2018
Spring is in the air, and on April 22, countries around the world will be celebrating Earth Day. This is a day to reflect upon the importance of preserving the only planet we call home – and to take action to save it. But in our hectic, workday...
Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Thursday, April 5, 2018
Posted by Staff | Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Career Success, Education, Parks, People
Join SCA's Biggest Earth Month in 60 Years!
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Sunday, April 1, 2018
With national support from American Express and Southwest Airlines, SCA is aiming to connect our members, alumni, and friends across the country to create a nationwide network of Earth Day celebrations…
Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities
Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Posted by Staff | Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Park rangers. Unmissable in their iconic hats, the public often knows them as the people in uniforms who monitor trails and hand out maps in parks. But that’s only a tiny part of their roles. In fact, being a park ranger is an extremely diverse job that involves...
Career Success, Education, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking
Posted by Staff | Friday, March 16, 2018
Here in the U.S., water is something we take for granted: we turn on the tap or the shower and it’s always there. We cook with it, clean with it, cool an overheated radiator with it. Yet there is no safe water supply close to home for more...
Coasts & Water, Sustainability, Wetlands
by Zintkala Eiring
Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Friday, March 9, 2018
Posted by Staff | Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Liz Putnam is widely recognized as “the Mother of the American Youth Conservation Movement.” She’s received dozens of major awards, including the Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation’s second-highest civilian honor. And she’s touched the lives of thousands upon thousands of young people, who in turn have left their mark on...
Career Success, History, Parks, People
Posted by Staff | Tuesday, March 6, 2018
From Asia to Africa, from Europe to the Americas, countries around the globe are finding creative ways to help save the environment. In today's post, let's take a virtual world tour to discover the best ideas being enacted outside of our borders - no passport or visa needed.