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 Kevin Hamilton | Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Spring came late to much of the country this year, including Vermont and its only national park: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. With a unique focus on conservation history and land stewardship, Marsh-Billings plays host to numerous SCA interns each year. 
Katie Kull (above left) traveled here from North Carolina...

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

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Yosemite Toad by Rick Kuyper, USFWS

Rick Kuyper did an internship with the Tongass National Forest through SCA and is now Sierra Cascades Division Chief with the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office. He offers a glimpse into activities underway to monitor this threatened toad.

Site visits are critical to helping Sacramento...

Animals & Wildlife, Career Success, Endangered Species

Posted by Staff | Friday, May 4, 2018
National Park Service Rangers at the National Mall in DC

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...

Career Success, Parks, People

Posted by Dani Tinker | Thursday, May 3, 2018
National Park Service Helicopter

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
Bureau of Land Management Employee

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
For outdoor advocates, April is an active month, encompassing everything from Earth Day to National Volunteer Week and National Garden Month. And from 4/21-4/29, we celebrate National Park Week.
Although today’s SCA volunteers serve a wide array of federal, state, and municipal lands, we got our start in national...

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
Two People Work Together to Plant a Tree in the Garden
Earth Day 2018 is right around the corner: a day dedicated to giving back to the planet that sustains all of us. In last week’s post we offered five digital ways to help save the Earth, right from your own computer or cell phone. This week...
Sustainability, Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Thursday, April 12, 2018
As the saying goes: “the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Apparently, that applies to parks and volunteers, too.
Earlier this week, SCA and Southwest Airlines organized a service project at Barnacle Historic State Park in Miami as part of SCA’s Earth Month. Among other jobs,...

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
Night Sky in Arizona at Coconino National Forest

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
Andy Webster is in the back row wearing a maroon shirt during his SCA/AmeriCorps program at Kenneth Dubuque State Forest
Andy Webster is an SCA alum who completed the 10-month AmeriCorps program in Hawley, Massachusetts in 2001. We caught up with Andy this month to discuss how his SCA experience helped him find his way to The Walden Project — a school he is starting in upstate New York that...
Career Success, Education, Forests, People

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Monday, April 9, 2018
SCA Earth Month Volunteers at Metro Atlanta Urban Farm
Metro Atlanta Urban Farm is a five acre parcel in the city’s College Park section. Its certified naturally-grown crops are raised and harvested by a small staff and volunteers, and on Saturday the farm hosted one of SCA’s first Earth Month service projects, drawing close to 40 people despite threatening...

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...

Climate, Sustainability

Posted by Kevin Hamilton | Thursday, April 5, 2018
After all SCA has done for the environment, this is how she treats us? On Liz Putnam’s birthday?!
Last Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s NYC Service campaign and the New York Mets hosted National Service Recognition Night at Citi Field. SCA, AmeriCorps, and other organizations were...

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Michelle Clark, SCA Alumna and Park Ranger, on her first day in uniform

A career in the National Park Service or Forest Service is an exciting proposition: what could be better than putting...

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
SCA interns snowshoe at Grand Teton National Park
For students who are able to get away, Spring Break usually means sand, not snow. Chilling, not chilly. And maybe getting a little wild, not seeing a little wildlife.  
For those enrolled in SCA’s annual NPS Academy, however, the week was one continuous and stirring class in career opportunities...

Posted by Staff | Tuesday, March 27, 2018
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Rangers

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
Through my SCA/AmeriCorps service as a Junior Native American Liaison with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, I have traveled to Alaska, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, New Mexico, Rhode Island, and West Virginia in less than 10 months. 
I have met presidents, chairmen, and chairwomen of Federally Recognized...