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.Read more
The summer of 2017 marked the 21st 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 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 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.
- Resume Building
- Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
- Project WET/Project WILD Training
- Financial Literacy
- Habitat Restoration
- Trail Skills
- D.C. Aquatic Resource Education Center (AREC)
- District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
- District Department of the Environment (DDOE)
- National Capital Parks-East
- US Forest Service
- National Park Service (NPS)
- Rails to Trails
- Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission
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 [email protected].
2018 DC Conservation Leadership Corps Program
SCA’s 2018 DC Conservation Leadership Corps will have crews of high school members, aged 15-19, working in parks throughout the D.C. Metro Area. The crews will volunteer one weekend per month and participate once a month in an after-school curriculum meeting.
· January 27th and 28th (overnight retreat weekend)
· February 24th and 25th (commuting weekend; 8am-4pm each day)
· March 17th and 18th (commuting weekend; 8am-4pm each day)
· April 21st and 22nd (commuting weekend 8am-4pm each day)
· May 19th and 20th (overnight retreat weekend)
· Monthly after-school curriculum meeting dates will be determined by members if they are accepted into the program.
· If accepted into the program you MUST be available for the ENTIRE program!!
As a member of the 2018 DC Conservation Leadership Corps you will:
· Volunteer one weekend per month January through May 2018 in local parks
· Receive 100 hours of community service
· Obtain valuable work-skills and green job training
· Work in beautiful outdoor settings>
· Work gear (SCA hoodie, SCA long sleeve shirt, SCA knit hat, helmets, gloves, water bottle, tools) and lunch will be provided to all members in the program
· Become eligible for an all-expense-paid national summer service trip to public lands throughout the country!
Application deadline has passed for the 2018 program.
If you have any questions about the program or application process, please contact [email protected].