SCA’s mission is to inspire and empower the next generation of conservation leaders, and we take the leadership part of our work every bit as seriously as the conservation part. Because voting is an important part of being a leader (how can you claim to be a leader in your community if you’re not casting your vote to help determine its direction?), we want to do our best to encourage everyone to get out to the polls.
ABOVE: Mt. Rainier from the Alta Vista Trail by Caroline Meleedy, SCA NPS Centennial Interpretive Media Intern at Mt. Rainier National Park. Credit Caroline Meleedy/NPS
Whether or not you’re rightly placed in time and space to witness it, vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds sweep across America’s deciduous regions every single September and October, brieﬂy and brilliantly...Read more
Last year, when REI chose to close its 149 stores on Black Friday, giving its 12,287 employees a paid day off and urging its customers to spend the day enjoying the great outdoors rather than inside shopping, 170 organizations and over 1.4 million people joined the company in choosing to #optoutside.
This year, as part of their effort to encourage even more people to spend the day engaged in outdoor pursuits with family and friends, REI has launched...Read more
by Joe Thurston, SCA
At the core of SCA’s mission is our effort to grow and empower the next generation of conservation leaders. Key to any sort of leadership, conservation or otherwise, is civic engagement. One can’t claim to be a leader within a democratic society if one declines to participate in democracy’s defining institution.
Thus, as an organization of people dedicated to creating the strong and well-rounded leaders who will carry America’s conservation legacy forever into the future, we urge...Read more
3 SCA interns recently got to takeover Department of Interior’s Snapchat account for a day as part of AmeriCorps’ social media celebration of their 1 millionth member milestone.
As you might guess, the 3 interns (Anna Gibson, Emilia Schrier, and Alaggio Laurino) in quesion were pretty excited for the opportunity to get to showcase the impact of their SCA AmeriCorps service for DOI’s 500,000 followers. Check out the resulting video and we think you’ll agree that their performance was more than worthy of such a...Read more
Love voting? Angry that after such a long, hard election season, you only get to vote once?
Well, here’s a chance to vote again in a different kind of presidential contest, one that requires a tough choice between 3 equally appealing candidates.
Instead of politicians, you’ll be voting for music videos that were written and performed by SCA members and alumni working at National Park Service presidential parks and historic sites all over the country.
Watch the videos below and ...Read more
By SCA Media Intern David Kopshever
The wolf is perhaps the most misunderstood and polarizing animal species ever encountered by human-kind. Fear, hatred, and demonization of the wolf have deep roots in Western culture. Looking back at American history with the wolf shows why human concepts of morality and ethics should never be imposed upon wild animals. In the wolf’s case, the results have been catastrophic.
Just a few hundred years ago, the wolf was one of the most widespread and successful land mammals of North America. After what one researcher has called “...Read more
By SCA Media Intern David Kopshever
Amalik Bay is a world of contrast. Vibrant green islands and bursting waterfalls reminiscent of a tropical paradise clash with bitter rain and gusts of wind at a moments notice. Spiring cliffs rise 3,000 feet from the ocean and into the clouds. At the base of these ocean cliffs, waist deep water stretches for nearly a mile before dropping off to deeper depths. Throughout Amalik Bay, the extremes of nature are present.
At low tide, the shallow water recedes to reveal vast tidal ﬂats. What were small islands at high tide...Read more
There are so, so, so many reasons to love autumn (milder weather, jackets, less crowded parks and trails, fewer mosquitos, less poison ivy, cozier camping, pumpkins, squash, gourds… we could go on forever), but the best—and certainly brightest—may be what happens to the leaves.
But what exactly does happen to them? Sure, they change from green to yellow and orange and red and even purple and magenta, but why? What’s going on within them that causes this celebrated transformation?
Wonder no more, because ...Read more
When most think of Brooks Camp, bears and salmon are the first images to pop into our minds. For others, trophy trout fishing is the main attraction. But no matter who you are or what you come here to see, it seems that everyone can agree on one thing: Biting insects are extremely annoying. At Brooks Camp, mosquitoes, white socks, and no-see-ums are the source of much anguish and itchiness....Read more