Written by Joseph Thurston
Written by Frances Harte, SCA Foundation Relations Specialist
“Whether experienced in a wilderness setting, a suburban backyard, or a city park, the natural environment offers a vital medium for self-discovery and an enhanced sense of self-worth and personal identity.”
This was the conclusion that Stephen Kellert and his research team reached in 1998 with their large scale and highly inﬂuential work, “A National Study of Outdoor Wilderness Experience.” Dr. Kellert, the Tweedy Ordway Professor Emeritus of Social Ecology at Yale University’s School of...Read more
SCA Alumni Council member Daniel Dryburgh is a strong believer in the transformative power of outdoor immersion and conservation service. He hopes to use his digital media chops and conservation community connections to help make powerful nature experiences truly accessible to people from all backgrounds and communities....Read more
It’s early, really early, but a warm sea breeze, an ATV ride through a dark tunnel of sea grapes, and a magnificent, multi-hued sunrise have already combined to make my 5:30 AM wake-up time feel more than worth it. Reaching the start point of my survey, I begin checking marked nests for signs of hatchlings or predators. At a recently hatched green sea turtle nest scheduled for a Nest Productivity Assessment (NPA), mosquitos and no-see-ums bite my neck as I kneel to dig for the clutch. Working against gravity to clear away sand, I expose a small, animate ﬂipper. Fully uncovered, the...Read more
At age 16, Jean Bartholomew (above, 2nd from left) joined a SCA national crew for a trail project located 15 miles deep into the Yellowstone backcountry and she’s been a true believer in the transformative power of the great outdoors ever since. She stayed connected with SCA throughout her time at the University of Pittsburgh, and following a brief stint in a cubicle she decided to pursue a career that embraced her love of the outdoors. She now works in San Francisco as an educator at the Crissy Field Center for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy....Read more
Now more than ever, America needs young leaders who have felt the transformative power of sacrifice and service, who understand that the right road is often the hard road, and who possess an inclusive vision for a diverse and sustainable future. The conservation service programs that SCA has been conducting for nearly 60 years have been shown by research to instill and strengthen such qualities in their participants.
Having led 9,638 volunteers in over 1.3 million hours of service in...Read more
ABOVE: Jennifer Tarnacki taught visitors about traditional Southern Appalachian textile customs during her SCA internship at Brinegar Cabin Homestead on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The people of rural Southern Appalachia have a saying: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without”. You could call them the ultimate reuse, restore, recyclers. The immigrants who homesteaded the high ridges of the Appalachian range HAD to be resourceful - they often arrived with nothing more than an axe, a gun, and an auger. Many were the indentured servants of the guild systems, and after...Read more
Thank you to all who participated in the Capture Conservation Photo Contest this summer and fall! Our goal was to gather nature photos that would inspire people to get out and enjoy America’s amazing public lands, and also remind them why they’re worth working so hard to protect. Your thousands of entries blew the roof off that goal, and for that we are so, so grateful.
Now that the contest has wrapped, it’s time to declare the winners. It was a tough choice with so many entries of such amazing quality, but we think you’ll agree, the photos below deserve...Read more
Thanksgiving is a time to gather with loved ones to celebrate the people and places and ideas for which we are most thankful.
As conservationists, parks and trails and other outdoor spaces where we can go to commune with nature are near the top of our “thankful for” list. The best way we can think of to show our gratitude for these essential, life-giving places (besides maybe donating to a charity that’s vowed to protect them forever) is to visit them frequently (and respectfully) with friends and family.
That’s why we’re so excited that for the second year in a row...Read more