Washington, DC

The summer of 2019 marked the 23rd anniversary of SCA programs in Washington, DC. To date, over 2,000 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 20 plus 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 (this year running June 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 18years, 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.  

Training Offered: 

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

Key Partners:

  • D.C. Aquatic Resource Education Center (AREC) 
  • District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
  • District Department of the Environment (DDOE)
  • National Capital Parks-East (NACE)
  • 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 4 and as old as 24 participate in SCA DC programs year round.

To contact SCA’s Community Program in Washington, DC, email [email protected].

2020 DC Summer Conservation Crew Program

Application deadline is Friday, May 1st, 2020 at 5pm.

SCA’s 2020 DC Summer Conservation Program will have crews of high school members, aged 15-19, working in parks throughout the D.C. Metro Area. The crews will work Monday through Friday each week during the summer program.

As a member of the 2020 DC Summer Conservation Crew Program you will:

  • Earn $330/week or earn community service hours and receive a gear package at beginning of summer!
  • Program runs June 29, 2020 to August 7, 2020.
  • Work fulltime (35hrs/wk), Monday-Friday.
  • Work in local parks (Rock Creek Park, Greenbelt Park, Fort DuPont Park and more) doing hands-on trail work.
  • Obtain valuable work-skills and green job training.
  • Work in beautiful outdoor settings.
  • Make lifelong friends!
  • Participate in a week long all expenses paid recreation trip.
  • If accepted into the program you MUST be available for the ENTIRE program!!

This program is VERY competitive and not all applicants will be accepted into the program.

How to Apply:

If you’re new to SCA and interested in participating in the 2020 DC Summer Conservation Community Crew Program, please follow this LINK for step-by-step instructions on how to apply. 

If you’re an SCA Program Alum, please use these instructions to add yourself to the applicant pool: LINK

Application deadline is Friday, May 1st at 5pm.

Applicant will be informed after the deadline in May if they have been accepted into the program. *Not all applicants will be accepted into the program.* 

If you have any questions about the program or application process, please contact [email protected]