Houston and Hurricane Harvey Recovery Events

BECOME A HARVEY RECOVERY VOLUNTEER

Join SCA youth conservation leaders, alumni, and friends to repair bridges damaged by floods, restore trail and habitat in local parks, reinstate beach and coastal prairies, and restore cabins that were flooded during Hurricane Harvey. SCA’s goal is to host Saturday volunteer opportunities on at least a monthly basis. The number and frequency of volunteer opportunities will be determined by available funding; details and registration will be listed below as new event dates are confirmed.

SCA is the national leader in natural disaster restoration, having staged award-winning recovery efforts in the wake of Yellowstone’s wildfires, massive flooding at Mount Rainier, Hurricane Sandy devastation throughout Metro NYC, and more. Now our focus is on the people and parklands of greater Houston.

Please email [email protected] or call 888-SCA-EVENTS (888-722-3836) for additional details or to inquire about corporate employee engagement or sponsorship opportunities. You may also donate online to support Harvey Recovery efforts and SCA’s ongoing programs.

Transforming Land and Lives in Houston

Since 2011, SCA has conserved national forests, parks, and public green spaces in and around Houston while providing immersive service-learning programs that lead youth to become the next generation of conservation leaders.

Last year alone, more than 200 Houston-based high school youth and young adults contributed over 8,000 conservation service hours to local sites. Students made a particular impact on restoration of Sims Bayou, an area deeply affected by Hurricane Harvey. Among other accomplishments, youth improved seven miles of trails, planted over 1,000 trees, and eradicated two acres of invasive plants. Selected highlights include the following:

  • Students at Carnegie Vanguard High School are participating in a field-based water quality and conservation program led by SCA, funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency
  • An 8-member Wetland Restoration Team worked to restore marsh and bayou habitat for the Coastal Fisheries Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • 11 students are being trained to engage and lead groups of community volunteers in weekly Harvey restoration projects
  • A Lone Star Conservation Corps team restored prairie that serves as monarch butterfly habitat
  • A 5-member Young Adult Corps team is committing one day a week for the next three months in the Spring to Hurricane recovery-related efforts in Houston’s green spaces.

Moreover, hundreds of community volunteers joined SCA youth to benefit the Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD), the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and other partners. In response to the devastating damage caused by Hurricane Harvey in August, 2017, and with the support of generous individual and corporate donors, SCA will expand its Community Resilience efforts in Houston. On January 27, 2018, SCA will host monthly volunteer days to help restore coastal prairie and related ecosystems in Houston.

“Our community needs us serving if we want to make our ecosystem healthy again and lessen the impact of natural disasters in the future.” 
- Ingrid Piña of Houston, 17, SCA volunteer