The Student Conservation Association

Each year, SCA members help to protect vital habitats, threatened wildlife, and other at-risk resources in our nation’s parks, forests and urban green spaces. This unique experience instills an ethic of conservation and inspires lifelong stewardship that benefits our members, our society and our environment.

SCA at a Glance

  • National nonprofit, founded in 1957
  • Nearly 3,000 volunteers annually
  • Each year volunteers perform over 1.6 million hours of service
  • Volunteers serve in all 50 states
  • Nearly 45,000 alumni – approximately ¼ remain actively engaged
  • As many as 60% of SCA alumni become conservation professionals following their SCA service
  • Hundreds of positions annually in these disciplines and more:
    • Ecological restoration
    • Environmental Education
    • GIS/GPS
    • Wildlife Management
  • More than 425 sites nationwide, including:
    • Cape Cod National Seashore
    • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    • Pacific Crest Trail
    • Yellowstone National Park


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