While studies continue to report that young people are spending more time “plugged in” than outdoors, the Student Conservation Association (SCA) today announced a record number of high school and college-age volunteers working to protect public lands across the country this summer.
Thirty-one hundred volunteers strong, SCA is projected to provide 1.75 million hours of service this year at more than 500 parks, forests and preserves in the United States. Volunteer programs include year-round college internships addressing urgent conservation needs and month-long summer crews of high school students who spend their days working on trails and ecosystems and their nights sleeping under the stars at some of the nation’s most spectacular parks.
One year shy of its 50th anniversary, SCA is the nation’s oldest and largest conservation organization for young people and is dedicated to developing a new generation of conservation leaders. Members of SCA’s active volunteer force work as rangers, researchers and educators, and they have been deemed indispensable by the National Park Service and others.
“SCA volunteers are renowned for stepping up and doing the dirty work that would not otherwise be accomplished,” states SCA President Dale Penny. “In protecting endangered species, restoring vital habitats and raising awareness of our natural world, they have profoundly affected the American landscape.”
“Today, with our public lands facing so many threats, young people volunteering with SCA are again leading the charge to preserve our natural heritage, and we are grateful for their efforts and leadership.”
From Yellowstone and Yosemite, to Mt. Rainier and the Everglades, in state parks and refuges, SCA volunteers are actively protecting the nation’s most treasured lands. Urban SCA programs are also offered in Dallas and Houston, Texas; Milwaukee, Wis.; Oakland, Calif.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Seattle, Wash.; and Washington, D.C.
In addition to their immediate contributions to the land, SCA volunteers gain relevant conservation skills and become lifelong stewards of our environment. As many as sixty percent of SCA alumni have gone on become conservation professionals.
“Nobody said it would be easy,” says Philadelphia’s Chris Herbert of his trail work in Maine’s Acadia National Park. “They just said it would be worth it.”
About SCA : A nonprofit organization, SCA partners with land management agencies at all levels of government. Other sponsors include L.L. Bean, Nature Valley and Ford Motor Company, many conscientious foundations, and thousands of individual supporters.
SCA was born from a student thesis written by Elizabeth Titus Putnam at Vassar College in 1954. Titled “A Proposed Student Conservation Corps,” the thesis proposed organizing student volunteers to help America’s underfunded national parks. Following much collaborative planning and effort, the first SCA volunteers hit the field two summers later at Grand Teton and Olympic national parks. Today, SCA members serve nearly 1,000 locations, and come from all 50 states as well as more than 30 countries around the world.
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