Washington, DC

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.  

Trainings 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 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!

 

2017-18 DC High School Community Crew Programs

 

2017 DC NACE Youth Ambassador Program for high school members aged 15-19

SCA’s 2017 DC NACE Youth Ambassador Program will have a crew of members, aged 15-19, working in parks through Southest District of Columbia. 

Program Dates: October 14th, 2017-May 27th, 2018

If accepted into the program you MUST be available for the ENTIRE program!!

As a member of the 2017 DC Nace Youth Ambassador Program you will:

  • Program Dates: 12 Saturdays (Exact dates TBD), October 14th -Saturday, May 27th
  • Get PAID a stipend of $60 a day or receive 96 hours of community service!
  • Give back to your community through service projects.
  • Obtain valuable work-skills and green job trainings 
  • Work in beautiful outdoor settings
  • Work gear (SCA helmets, gloves, tools) and lunch will be provided to all members in the program
  • If accepted, you MUST be available for the ENTIRETY of the program.

 

 

2018 DC Conservation Leadership Corps Program for high school members aged 15-19

SCA’s 2018 DC Conservation Leadership Corps will have crews of members, aged 15-19, working in parks through the District of Columbia. 

Program Dates: January 27th, 2018-May 20th, 2018

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 trainings
  • 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!
  • If accepted, you MUST be available for the ENTIRETY of the program.

 

If you have questions about the status of your applciation please email us at SCAdc@thesca.org.

If you have any questions about the program or application process, please contact scadc@thesca.org.

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