Posts by Joseph Thurston

by Joseph Thurston | Posted Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Former conservation volunteer and SCA Leader Crew member Caleb Sanders works on an irrigation ditch as part of a major ecosystem restoration project in California's Southern Sierra Nevadas.

Written by Joseph Thurston

How does one go from conducting graduate research in Religious Studies at the University of Chicago to restoring endangered cuckoo species...

by Joseph Thurston | Posted Monday, December 12, 2016

It’s early, really early, but a warm sea breeze, an ATV ride through a dark tunnel of sea grapes, and a magnificent, multi-hued sunrise have...

by Joseph Thurston | Posted Thursday, November 17, 2016
Check out our 2016 Outcomes Infographic to see how your support helped SCA conserve lands and transform lives in 2016.

Now more than ever, America needs young leaders who have felt the transformative power of sacrifice and service, who understand that the right road is...

by Joseph Thurston | Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thank you to all who participated in the Capture Conservation Photo Contest this summer and fall! Our goal was to gather nature photos that would...

by Joseph Thurston | Posted Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with loved ones to celebrate the people and places and ideas for which we are most thankful.

As conservationists, parks...

by Joseph Thurston | Posted Monday, November 7, 2016

SCA’s mission is to inspire and empower the next generation of conservation leaders, and we take the leadership part of our work every bit as...

by Joseph Thurston | Posted Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Mt. Rainier from the Alta Vista Trail by Caroline Meleedy, SCA NPS Centennial Interpretive Media Intern at Mt. Rainier National Park.

ABOVE: Mt. Rainier from the Alta Vista Trail by Caroline Meleedy, SCA NPS Centennial Interpretive Media Intern at Mt. Rainier National Park. Credit...

by Joseph Thurston | Posted Friday, October 28, 2016
A concentration mill in an abandoned mining town in the Kennecott Historic District of Wrangell St. Elias National Park, via Richard Droker.

Photo: A concentration mill in an abandoned (and definitely haunted) mining town in the Kennecott Historic District of Wrangell St. Elias National Park, via ...

by Joseph Thurston | Posted Monday, October 24, 2016

Last year, when REI chose to close its 149 stores on Black Friday, giving its 12,287 employees a paid day off and urging...

by Joseph Thurston | Posted Tuesday, October 18, 2016

by Joe Thurston, SCA

At the core of SCA’s mission is our effort to grow and empower the next generation of conservation leaders. Key to...

by Joseph Thurston | Posted Tuesday, October 18, 2016

3 SCA interns recently got to takeover Department of Interior’s Snapchat account for a day as part of AmeriCorps’ social media celebration of their 1...

by Joseph Thurston | Posted Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Love voting? Angry that after such a long, hard election season, you only get to vote once?

Well, here’s a chance to vote again in...

by Joseph Thurston | Posted Thursday, September 22, 2016
A graphic that explains the chemistry of the bright colors of autumn leaves and fall foliage.

There are so, so, so many reasons to love autumn (milder weather, jackets, less crowded parks and trails, fewer mosquitos, less poison ivy, cozier camping,...

by Joseph Thurston | Posted Wednesday, August 17, 2016
6 Outdoor Life Lessons That Every Teen Should Learn

Time spent enjoying the great outdoors is more than just fun. It’s an essential part of life, and an especially essential part of growing up....

by Joseph Thurston | Posted Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Since 2008, SCA has been connecting talented young conservationists with opportunities to use their skills to make the City of Pittsburgh a demonstrably healthier and...

by Joseph Thurston | Posted Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Katmai National Park’s famous Bear Cams let you watch live as wild bears feed on migrating salmon on Alaska’s Brooks River.

by Joseph Thurston | Posted Friday, June 10, 2016
Michael A. Lanza, outdoor adventurer and creator of TheBigOutside.com, backpacking with his daughter at Grand Canyon National Park.

How does a professional wilderness adventurer make time to spend with his family? For dedicated dad and outdoor explorer Michael A. Lanza it’s simple; he...

by Joseph Thurston | Posted Friday, June 10, 2016

A former editor for Backpacker Magazine, Michael A. Lanza now makes his living blogging about the incredible outdoor adventures that he takes, often with his...

by Joseph Thurston | Posted Thursday, June 9, 2016

ABOVE: The note written by a recent young visitor to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. (Photo Credit: Meredith Elgart)

Why is it wrong (not to...

by Joseph Thurston | Posted Friday, May 6, 2016

Each April, as Earth Day draws near, people in communities across America begin thinking more about the health of the planet and wondering what they...

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