Washington, DC

An SCA Community Crew enjoying the greenery in Washington DC

Conservation Begins in Washington, DC

Today, only 6% of children play outside on their own. Those who do enjoy less than eight minutes a day in unrestricted outdoor activities. Yet the average teenager spends 10 hours a day staring at an electronic screen.

In urban areas, the disconnect between youth and nature is even more acute. But here in Washington, DC, SCA—which launched the American youth conservation movement nearly 60 years ago—is spearheading a new drive to engage young people in hands-on service in the very neighborhoods they call home.

With an active focus on under-served populations, we provide students from all backgrounds with empowering opportunities to preserve city parks, explore the local ecology, and discover their own potential. Independent studies confirm that SCA members gain greater self-esteem and direction, enhanced critical-thinking and focus, and improved fitness and stamina.

Additionally, as students advance along a continuum of conservation experiences, they build the skills and insights necessary to lead effectively, practice lifelong stewardship and succeed in their careers.

Following their initial service, some SCA members return to lead the programs on which they once volunteered; others progress to become interns at Anacostia Park, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, or distant locations like Yellowstone and Yosemite. And with seven in 10 SCA alumni employed or studying in the conservation field, their influence will reach across local governments, businesses and communities for many years to come.

An SCA experience may last only a few weeks or months, but its impact lasts a lifetime. Conservation begins here.

Washignton DC Outcomes: 1300 youth served and over 300,000 hours of service rencered sicne 1997

Community Conservation Crews

Under-served city teens enjoy what is often their first real exposure to the outdoors in this summer education/employment initiative, which SCA pioneered here in Washington nearly 20 years ago. Members improve local parks and neighborhoods throughout the District while gaining work skills and experience in what the US Conference of Mayors calls “one of America’s top green jobs programs for youth.” Read more about Washignton DC Community Crew programs here.

Urban Tree House

SCA provides innovative environmental education programs and activities for DC-area K-12 youth on topics including urban ecosystems and watersheds, waste and recycling, conservation and sustainability, environmental ethics, wildlife, and ecology. At our base in Anacostia Park, generously donated by the National Park Service, programs include hands-on and interactive components to complement an active outdoor environmental curriculum. Read more about Urban Tree House here.

“After my experiences with SCA, I am now a more confident, resilient, imaginative individual with a strong drive for quality and discovery. I gained a strong work ethic and a passion for the environment which now defines me as a person.”

– Eli Livezey, Washington, DC Crew member

Local Partners

  • D.C. Aquatic Resource Education Center (AREC)
  • District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
  • District Department of the Environment (DDOE)

COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS

  • DC Recreational Trails Fund
  • Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz

News, Stories & Projects

With support from American Express, SCA rallied a force of 150 volunteers at NYC and DC ConSERVE Events to commemorate the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.

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FEMA Corps Team Blue 3 conducting erosion repair at SCA's Find Your Park 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.

“I serve because it gives me a purpose greater than myself, and I think that is really important.”

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Through the support of American Express, SCA brought together over 700 volunteers this weekend to mark the 9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance with Find Your Park Day of Service Events in New York City and Washington, DC.

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Just days before the August 25th centennial of the National Park Service (NPS), the Student Conservation Association convened a high-level NPS delegation to explore new strategies for engaging young conservation leaders for the next 100 years of national parks. 
 
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On Wednesday, July 27th, SCA joined the National Parks Conservation Association for a joint networking happy hour.

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2015 DC Summer Crew

The application deadline has passed for the 2015 DC Summer Crew Program. Find out more about it here.

Upcoming Events

Monday, January 21, 2019

Contact Info

SCA National Office
4245 North Fairfax Drive
Suite 825
Arlington, VA 22203
703-524-2441

SCA DC Program Office

1875 Connecticut Ave NW
10th Floor
Washington DC 20009

 

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