Department of the Interior

News, Stories & Projects

It’s National Park Week!  SCA recently caught up with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and talked about national parks, connecting youth to nature, and the woman who started it all…

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SCA Leaders Jean Bartholomew and Emily Fonti made a guest appearance on CNN this weekend — starring in Morgan Spurlock’s “Inside Man” episode examining the role of young people in National Parks.

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Despite freezing temperatures, over 450 DC-area residents rallied together at Anacostia Park to celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service through a morning of volunteering on the riverfront. Among the volunteers in attendance were special guests Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, and SCA President and CEO Jaime Matyas.

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The United States Department of the Interior (DOI) has over 360,000 followers on Instagram, and all this week that gargantuan community of public lands enthusiasts will be seeing (and “liking”) photos taken by SCA members!

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Volunteers at SCA's MLK Day of Service at Anacostia Park in Washington, DC

What’s powerful enough to bring 600+ volunteers to a windy park in 20 degree weather to pick up trash on what’s supposed to be a day off work?

The idea that America’s urban communities need safe, inviting spaces to play outside if we’re ever going to realize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream.

Watch 4 NBC Washington’s segment on our MLK Day project in DC’s Anacostia Park to see what it looks like when 600 people work together to improve a cherished community greenspace.

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