Timeline – The First 65 years

From the original SCA volunteers at Grand Teton and Olympic National Parks in 1957, through our subsequent alliances with national forests and wildlife refuges, the introduction of urban conservation programs in the 1970s, our landmark Greater Yellowstone Recovery Corps, and the Presidential Citizens Medal presentation to SCA Founder Liz Putnam, SCA has blazed a trail of youth service and stewardship all across America — a movement that today exceeds 130 conservation corps nationwide. 

A lot has been accomplished in 65 years! As we gear up for SCA Founder’s Day on June 24, we’ve gathered some fun facts about our history, all connected to the number six.

  • 6 Places in SCA History
    After 65 years of conserving America’s public lands, SCA’s place in history is assured. Here are 6 places in SCA’s history that played key roles during the passage of time. 
  • 6 Tools No SCA Trail Crew Can Do Without
    In observance of SCA’s 65th anniversary, we’ll be sharing all sorts of nuggets of knowledge — each one curated into a tidy group of six.
  • 6 Little Known Facts About SCA Founder Liz Putnam
    It’s no secret that SCA founder Liz Putnam is one of the most influential leaders in the conservation world. In 1957, she launched a movement that has inspired several generations to serve the planet and continues strongly today. While that is her most recognized accomplishment, there’s a lot more to her story. In honor of SCA Founder’s Day on June 24, we are sharing some lesser known facts about Liz and the incredible trailblazer that she is!
  • 6 People Other Than Liz Putnam Who Played an Early Instrumental Role with SCA
    SCA Founding President Liz Putnam will be the first to tell you she could not have started SCA without the support of many collaborators and advisors. 65 years later, Liz continues to preach the gospel of Teamwork, and here are six individuals (well, okay, seven) who played key roles in the early days of SCA.
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