Washington, DC

SCA Crewmembers in Washington DC

The summer of 2014 marked the 18th anniversary of SCA programs in Washington, DC. To date, over 1,500 SCA high school students ages 15-19 from both urban and suburban neighborhoods in the capital region have built and maintained trails, constructed boardwalks, managed invasive species, and completed countless other projects. Thousands more (ages 5-19) have participated in environmental education activities with SCA DC’s Urban Tree House Program and participated in community service projects in the region. For the past 18 years, with generous support from donors, the SCA has provided students from the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland the opportunity to serve their broader community by completing conservation projects in national, state, and regional parks and participating in valuable curriculum-based environmental education activities.

The SCA DC Community Program provides year-round conservation opportunities divided into two seasons: school-year programs (running January through May) and summer programs (running July through August). The Washington DC Community Program offers both volunteer and paid service opportunities. Volunteer programs typically occur on weekends year round, while paid service programs run Monday-Friday in the summertime, fall and spring. Members serve at sites in and around the Metropolitan DC Area. Participants build trails and restore habitat while exploring green career opportunities, building leadership skills, and learning about the local environment through field trips, outdoor recreation and camping trips, and complete community service projects. 

The DC Community Program also provides a valuable environmental education resource for youth in the Metropolitan DC Area. The Urban Tree House Program is the SCA’s environmental education center located in Anacostia Park in Southeast Washington, DC – a site generously provided by National Park Service’s National Capital Parks – East. For over 16 years, SCA staff has provided free environmental education programs and activities for DC-area K-12 youth on a number of topics, including: urban ecosystems and watersheds, waste and recycling, conservation and sustainability, environmental ethics, wildlife, and ecology. UTH programs include hands-on and interactive components to complement an active outdoor environmental curriculum.  

Trainings Offered: 

  • CPR Certification
  • Resume Building       
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
  • Project WET/Project WILD Training
  • Financial Literacy
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Trail Skills

Key Partners:

  • D.C. Aquatic Resource Education Center (AREC) 
  • District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
  • District Department of the Environment (DDOE)
  • National Capitol Parks-East
  • US Forest Service 
  • National Park Service (NPS)
  • Rails to Trails
  • Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission 

Eligibility Requirements: 

Applicants must be at least 15 years of age to participate in high school programs. Members must be currently in high school or recent high school graduates. Other requirements vary by position, as students as young as 5 and as old as 24 participate in SCA DC programs year round.

To contact SCA’s Community Program in Washington, DC, email SCADC@theSCA.org.

To apply, log in or sign up to start your application today!


2016 Summer Conservation Crew Program! 

2016 DC Summer Conservation Crew Program for high school members aged 15-19

SCA’s 2016 DC Summer Conservation Crew Program will have crews of members, aged 15-19, working in Rock Creek National Park, Montgomery County Department of Parks, Fort DuPont Park, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Greenbelt Park and with the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

As a member of the DC Summer Conservation Crew Program you will:

  • Earn a tax free stipend (FICA excluded) of $300 per week ($1,800 TOTAL)!!
  • Work 35hrs per week, Monday-Friday (7:30AM-3:30PM).
  • Work on crews of 6-10 high school crew members (with 1-2 adult crew leaders aged 21+).
  • Build trails, restore river environments, and conserve habitats.
  • Give back to your community through service projects.
  • Participate in weekly environmental education and recreational activities (biking, hiking, visits to museums, organic farms and more!)
  • Members will meet at designated Metro Stations each morning on work days. Transportation will be provided from the Metro Station to parks and members will be returned to the same Metro Station at the end of work day. 
  • SCA will provide the following work gear: new SCA cotton t-shirts (2), new SCA dry wick t-shirt (1), new SCA bandana (1), new Liberty SCA water bottle (1), helmets, gloves, and necessary work tools.
  • Program Dates: Tuesday, July 5th-Friday August 12th. If accepted, you MUST be available for the ENTIRETY of the program.

The program runs for 6 weeks: 5 weeks that focus on trail rehabilitation work/environmental education and the final week is a paid recreational camping trip.



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