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Garibaldi Provincial Park, British Columbia August 2018
🌳🌳🌳 // Today a white oak was planted on the Vassar campus in honor of our founder, Liz! This was during two days of service at @vassar1861 to commemorate 9/11. Check out our story for the full story! . . . #studentconservationassociation #the_sca #volunteers #newyork #vassar #college #service #communityservice #conservation #publiclands #trees #oak #treeplanting #plantatree #gratitude #nature #vassarcollege
Two ⭐️s in Alaska! “Being outside and doing hands-on things really sparked my interest and passion for protecting the environment.” —Katie Russell, SCA intern at the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge . . . #alaska #wildliferefuge #wildliferefuge #usfws #internship #summer #outside #optoutside #fieldwork #biology #environment #youth #career #outdoors #exploreoutdoors #starfish #water #conservation #tidepools #wildlife #mountains #studentconservationassociation #the_sca #thesca #landscape #view #outside
design from an old project that kicked the bucket - May 2018 - #environment #the_sca #tortoise #awareness #wildlife #desert #leavenotrace
Our crews on their EE day last Friday at Angel Island #ohloneland #the_sca #bayarea #findyourpark #conservation
Been a while since I posted some of the current wildflowers blooming on Minnesota’s native prairies I have the pleasure of working on every day! So lucky to be surrounded by so much colorful and unique flowers every single day. ........ Michigan Lily, Purple Prairie Clover, Cylindric Blazing Star, Early Goldenrod, Tickseed and Bergamot, Leadplant, White Prairie Clover, Spiderwort, Coneflower, Showy Blue Lettuce . . . . . #prairies #prairie #prairierestoration #the_sca #thenatureconservancy #tnc #wildflowers #minnesota #sheexplores @the_sca #plants #botany #prairieplants #minnesotawildflowers
Who's rescuing this injured pelican? SCA intern Kelcie Troutman! Here Kelcie is getting a hold of the bird before removing a fishing line and hook from it. A towel is often used to cover the bird’s head to keep it calm. The bird is alive and well! Kelcie is currently serving as a Resource Management / Waterfront Intern with the City of Jacksonville in Florida. #ServeThePlanet . . . Note: If you see a hooked bird, contact your local wildlife agency or rehabilitation center to report it. . . . #conservation #fieldwork #beach #florida #pelican #birds #wildlife #jacksonville #conservationinaction #studentconservationassociation #the_sca #ilovejax #sca #outdoorlife #biology #animals #animalrescue #bird #fl #seabirds #birdsofinstagram #seabird
Moooooommmmmm we’re hungry!!!! These little baby king birds were so adorable! . . . #kingbird #babybirds #birdnest #babyanimals #birds #the_sca #birds #wildlife #prairies #babybird
We back y’all! Catch us on a trail near you🌱🌿 . #the_sca #bayarea #conservation #findyourpark
[#tbt to June 1991] SCA intern Kelly Shea in the Brooks Range Mountains of Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve during her service. Read her #scaflashback story below! . . . "My Master's project was having some problems. I had planned to do research in Mexico but a professor insisted that I bring a man along for safety. I didn't have a man to bring along or the money to pay one to come along. I decided to take the summer off from my project and apply for SCA. I applied at the most remote National Park that I could find. It was above the Arctic Circle. I got it! . . . My job was to fly into remote areas of the park and hike, canoe, or kayak through the park. We monitored sites, made contact with visitors, and recorded wildlife sightings along the way. . . . It was amazing! 24 hours of sunlight, mosquitoes that never slept, bears and wolves that had no idea who I was, and some challenging canoeing/kayaking. There was one road, the Haul Road, that went along the border of the park. One patrol I was able to drive up the Haul Road to the arctic plain while running into a grizzly mama and 3 cubs. I fell in love with Alaska and lived there for the next 11 years." . . . #throwbackthursday #throwback #outdoors #hiking #brooksrange #alaska #arctic #mountains #naturephotography #memories #the_sca #studentconservationassociation #wildlife #womenoutdoors #nationalpark #findyourpark #AK
This newly hatched male Regal Frittilary decided to hang out on my head while drying off its wings and gathering strength to go about the world! I’ve loved butterflies so much since I was young, I compelled my mom to dive 20 feet down into a lake to retrieve my Science Center Butterfly Garden t shirt that flew off a boat into the lake when I was 5, and I love my job. @the_sca #the_sca #prairierestoration #thenatureconservancy #prairie #butterflies #butterfly
Hard to not feel carefree after spending weeks watching these these prairies bloom into color.. Downy Painted Cup, Wood Lily, Cotton Grass, Hairy False Golden Aster, Leadplant, colorful restoration site, Tickseed, Coneflower. . . . #the_sca #thenatureconservancy #prairierestoration #seedcollecting #coneflower #wildflowers #minnesotawildflowers #prairie #sheexplores
Insects 🦗🐞🐝 When you spend 8 hours kneeling or sitting in prairies picking seeds you see a lot more cool insects than you normally would. Look how cool some of these little guys are! White-lined sphinx caterpillar, dogbane beetle, long dash butterfly, viceroy butterfly, red spotted admiral butterfly, Halloween pennant dragonfly, common eastern bumblebee, grasshopper, centipede. . . . . #insects @the_sca #the_sca #thenatureconservancy #prairierestoration #seedcollecting #bugs #nature #butterflies #caterpillars #beetles
Our SCA crew had a pretty great week collecting seed from panic grass, prairie violets, ragwort, blue-eyed grass, and porcupine grass. The recent rains have pushed a lot of plants into bloom or seed so we’re keeping very busy on the prairies! . . . . @the_sca @nature_org #the_sca #thenatureconservancy #prairierestoration #seedcollecting #minnesota
This is SCA alum Kimberlyn Curtis! She's the new park guide at @jewelcavenps , and this summer is her first time working for the @nationalparkservice. She's from Pennsylvania and graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2016, with a degree in Illustration. Prior to working at the #nationalmonument , Kimberlyn was an intern with the #the_sca as a park ranger last summer. She has also been a virtual volunteer with the #NPS since April 2017. When she is not leading cave tours, Kimberlyn enjoys hiking, drawing, taking long road trips, and hanging out with her Siberian Huskies. . . . #JECA #findyourpark #nationalparks #nps #parks #jewelcave #nationalmonument #conservation #publiclands #studentconservationassociation
This is part of Olympic National Park's 73-mile long wilderness coast! It's considered some of the most primitive natural coastline in the lower 48. . . . Since today is #WorldOceansDay we want to send a shout-out to SCA'ers working hard to keep our oceans healthy. We appreciate you! Check out our story for highlights of our Olympic National Park crew backpacking and picking up marine debris. . . . The Olympic Coast has everything from rocky headlands, beaches, tidepools, and nesting seabirds. You'll have to work for the views, though, as most of it can only be accessed by foot. Stay overnight and camp on the beach! . . . A good portion of the narrow coastal strip of the park was added to a national system of designated wilderness by Congress in 1988. Garbage and plastic debris cast from ocean vessels often accumulate on Olympic National Park's coastal beaches. Help by carrying out debris. . . . #findyourpark #optoutside #beachcamping #wilderness #pacificnorthwest #coast #coastal #nationalpark #planetorplastic #ocean #the_sca #coastline #rockybeach #olympicnp #olympic #pnw #washingtonstate #oceanside #westcoast #viewpoint
// W O R K ⬅️➡️ P L A Y // . . . That's how we #EscapeTheIndoors ! . . . It's #GreatOutdoorsMonth and we're celebrating those who 🧗🏾‍♀️🏕🚴🏼‍♀️🛶🏖 and #ServeOutdoors . ⚒ Here's how to participate: www.greatoutdoorsmonth.org
A few more of Minnesota’s blooming wildflowers 🌼 Prairie Rose, Yellow Flax, Prairie Phlox, Hair Bell, Canada Anemone, Ground Cherry, Yellow Sundrop, Blue Flag Iris, Spiderwort, Small White Lady Slipper. . . . #wildflowers #minnesota #prairie #prairierestoration #flowers #the_sca #thenatureconservancy
SCA’s presence from around the country at @pgmonesummit this year. Powerful conference flippin the face of environmentalism #PoC #oakland #indigenous #ohloneland #brownfaceswhitespaces #the_sca
What does it take to be a park ranger? Hear what SCA alum had to say about choosing a college major and considering internships! Click the link in our bio. . . . Photo of park ranger Karen Garthwait at @archesnps in #Utah . . . . #nationalparkservice #findyourpark #parkranger #archesnps #nps #the_sca #studentconservationassociation #careergoals #outdoorjobs #collegemajor #findyourpark #optoutside #parks
Just a few of Minnesota’s blooming native prairie flowers 🌻 Early Sunflower, Daisy Fleabane, Ragwort, Blue Eyed Grass. My job is full of so much beauty. . . . . #sunflower #minnesotawildflowers #wildflowers #daisyfleabane #ragwort #blueeyedgrass #the_sca #prairierestoration #thenatureconservancy #flowers #prairie #prairies
Skagit Valley Provincial Park, British Columbia August 2017
Today we had an amazing day revitalizing Seattle’s 2nd oldest community garden! 🌲🌻 Volunteers from SCA and @westmonroepartners weeded garden beds, cleaned up pathways, removed invasive morning glories and blackberries, and repaired a compost structure. Check out our story for highlights from the day!! #wmpdayofchange #wmplife . . . #volunteers #communitygarden #seattle #pnw #gardening #service #makeadifference #community #the_sca #gardening #garden #volunteering
🔥did you know that fire can be very good and important for many ecosystems to thrive? Prairies are one of those ecosystems. Controlled or prescribed burns help to get rid of old dead growth, jumpstart the growth of the current year’s species, keep fuels at bay, and help eliminate unwanted invasive species! The Nature Conservancy plans and operates prescribed burns on most of their native prairie lands they own in Central Minnesota and I just got to help out on my first burn! Such an amazing experience. #the_sca #thenatureconservancy #prairierestoration #prairies #prescribedburn #prescribedfire #fire
Never in a million years did I imagine myself in a burn crew for prescribed prairie burns working for The Nature Conservancy but here I am with an awesome crew of people to learn with, in the field, drip torch in hand, helping manage the ecosystem to promote healthy plant diversity. Feeling pretty great. 🔥
First time helping out on the burn crew today! Using the drip torches was a huge adrenaline rush, though my eyes definitely don’t take being in the smoke very well! Pretty sweet crew to learn how to do a prescribed burn with!
Packera aurea (Golden Ragwort) of the Aster family. I’ve always really loved aster flowers. I’m so lucky to get to work all summer outside in a place surrounded by such a diverse ecosystem filled with beautiful flowers like these 🌼
That baby 🐻! . . . #Repost @sarah.marie.trujillo // Have I mentioned that I love my job? 😍The sow we pulled out yesterday had two young cubs that required cuddling under my jackets to stay warm. 🐻 Also, this year marks 5 years since my time with The Student Conservation Association- the first of a handful of life changing decisions that led me to where I am today 😊 #theSCA #the_sca
Collected 793 grams of seed (and fluff) today while dodging thunderstorms, more dragonflies than I’ve ever seen in one place, and snacking on ground plums! Prairie Pasque Flower (Anemone patens), Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum), Prairie False Dandelion (Nothocalais cispidata), and Field Pussytoes (Antennaria neglecta).
A next generation conservation leader. Thanks @the_sca. #ProudDaddy #the_sca
Mustard greens so precious this @the_sca volunteer had the hold them like a baby. She said they so spicy and delicious, it’s brazy. #mcfphilly #millcreekurbanfarm #freshfoodisfreedom #foodjustice
The Student Conservative Association @the_sca came through and assisted in the conservation of @mcfphilly precious land. They wasted no time getting knees and hands deep in the dirt. Mother Earth 🌏 and Mill Creek Urban Farm gives thanks 🙏🏿 for your contribution. Oh and it was blazing hot outside. Want to volunteer. Send us a DM or fill out a volunteer app on the website. The hands of the people sustain the land. #mcfphilly #millcreekurbanfarm #freshfoodisfreedom #foodjustice
That dog! 😂⠀ "A simple pic of a dog, a stick, a 14,000 ft. peak, a cabin in the woods, and the May, 2018 S-212 Wildland Fire Chain Saws class taught by Nolan Buckingham and Jerry Andrew for a veterans fire corps crew with Student Conservation Association." — @firedogyoga // Colorado Firecamp⠀ . . .⠀ #firefighter #colorado #wildland #publiclands #coloradofirecamp #veterans #chainsaw #outdoors #outside #wildfire #wildlandfirefighter #firecamp #wildlandfire #dogs #firecorps #the_sca #photobomb
Made a new friend working on the prairie today 🐍 . . . . #the_sca #prairierestoration #prairie #snake #minnesotawildlife #wildlife #snakes #prairies #minnesota
"I was brought up to believe that land is a trust and that we are all responsible for taking care of this earth." —Liz Putnam, SCA Founder . . . Photo of avalanche lilies that fill the meadows along the trail to Mildred Point near Comet Falls at Mount Rainier National Park. . . . #quotes #wildflowers #mountrainier #nps #nationalparks #the_sca #mountains #mtrainier #washington #pnw #landscape #flowers #springflowers #lilies
Flagging Purple Prairie Violets (Viola palmata) and Prairie False Dandelion (Nothocalais cuspidata) so we can find them again later after more taller species pop up around them, allowing us to collect their seed for restoring agricultural land! . . . . . #restoration #prairie #prairieviolet #the_sca #studentconservationassociation #tnc #thenatureconservancy #prairierestoration #seedcollecting #conservation #conservationbiology #sheexplores
"We’d dig trenches in the sand, like ‘turtle bowling alleys’ with gutters on each side of the nest, to usher them toward the ocean.” —Cassie Holden, SCA endangered species intern at @camp_lejeune (pictured). #EndangeredSpeciesDay ⠀ . . .⠀ Check out our story & the link in our bio for a behind the scenes look at Cassie and fellow interns working to protect loggerhead hatchlings!⠀ . . .⠀ #endangeredspecies #seaturtles #hatchlings #turtles #endangered #wildlife #beach #nesting #seaturtle #marine #the_sca #usmarinecorps #conservation #loggerhead
An EGG-cellent selfie from SCA intern Isabelle Herde! 🥚🐣⠀ . . .⠀ "I was about to replace the shavings in one of our old boxes and a wood duck had already put her down in and laid her eggs," she says. "You may notice two larger white eggs in the picture; those are merganser eggs tricking the wood duck into taking care of them."⠀ . . . Isabelle just wrapped up her internship at Two Rivers National #WildlifeRefuge in Illinois working with a local Girl Scout troop. She led them through a multi-month service project monitoring wood duck boxes. They built the boxes, learned about the ducks, checked the boxes, and recorded data.⠀ . . .⠀ What now? Next month they will go back to clean out the debris and count the hatched egg membranes! . . . #conservation #birds #spring #ducks #waterfowl #girlscouts #servetheplanet #studentconservationassociation #wildlife #education #biology #usfws #illinois #the_sca
Did you know it's National Bike Month? 🚵🏿‍♂️ We’ll make sure the boardwalk is in top condition for you. Members of our DC Community Crew recently worked to restore a boardwalk along the Mount Vernon Trail (pictured here). Check out our story to see more from this weekend project! #the_sca
I Love My Park Day at Mark Twain State Park was a success! We got out with the Audubon Society and people from the community to clean up trails and plant some pollinator gardens! #ilmpd #nystateparks #the_sca #ilovemyparkday #lovenyparks #americorps
Happy Earth Day - Earth People ! Do you know any 80’s or New Wave song about Earth? #djmikejtupazpsycodecosystemsca #earthday #80smusic #80snewwave #theb52sband #theb52sofficial #the_sca
Happy Earth Day!! Volunteering with the SCA #the_sca #inwoodhillpark
♡ Over 220 people turned out for Earth Day at the Arboretum! The difference you made in our park is truly astonishing. ☆ Shout out to the partners @uwbotanicgardens , @seattleparksandrec and @the_sca who created some amazing projects for folks to complete. 》》 And a huge thanks to our sponsors for supporting the Arboretum, conservation, and volunteerism! @madisonparkstarbucks @ladroroasting @clifbar @brewdrkombucha @movin925 @sugru . . #washingtonparkarboretum #seattlearboretum #the_sca #conservation #pnwonderland #pnw #nature
Start volunteering young! Pulling ivy for Earth Day at the Arboretum! . . #washingtonparkarboretum #seattlearboretum #earthday #the_sca #volunteer #pnwonderland #pnw #seattle #giveback
Almost 8 years ago I spent the summer leading a high school conservation crew with @the_sca. Today I joined the SCA team once again, this time to tell stories and build social communities. Couldn't be more excited for this next adventure! 🌎🙆 #the_sca #scaflashback #studentconservationassociation
Felix’s SCA adventure summer 2016 #the_sca #northcascades #summerfun #outdoorslife
On his way to the wilderness for five weeks #the_sca
Observing my surroundings are one of my favorite things to do and recently I have come across dragonflies all in a line on a fence (most of them went away before taking this picture but this brave little one). I know dragonflies are attracted to big bodies of water but why are they on the fence instead of a plant? (PS. After taking the picture the other dragonflies came back and stayed there for long periods of time) Nonetheless I hope you enjoy this picture :) #natgeo #nationalgeographic #the_sca #theearthorganization
Happy Turtle Tuesday! I think this is what parents feel like when they send their kids off to school... Good luck in the big blue little dude 🐢 • • #love #the_sca #navy #loggerhead #protectandenjoy #myfwc #optoutside
Success with! @the_sca completes rock stairs on the Watatic Mountain trail in Ashby Massachusetts.
So I rarely post about projects, but this has been a crazy one! My crew is currently building an ADA trail that will be used by the #Needham school system as a nature classroom! This trail is about 700 ft long and 6 feet wide. @the_sca #goodvibes #beautiful #trails #school #the_sca #ada #nature #love
Melts my soul that I am privileged enough to experience these opportunities! So happy to come back today to see my people and my turtle babies ❤🐢 • • #love #leatherback #seaturtle #myfwc #marineturtlepermit #endangered #proctectandenjoy #the_sca #sandcloud #tourdeturtles
#tb to a #the_sca academy moment real quick #goodmorning
Oh man! This has been an incredible year, I have learned so much and my passion for this field has grown exponentially!! I've met a ton of awesome people who will all have an important place in my life ❤ I won't lie, I'm very sad to say goodbye to everyone, especially to my turtle babies and early morning walks - but I am more stoked than ever to start this new chapter in my life. P.S. does this color combo make me look like a FL Gator🐊 • • #love #learn #seaturtles #naturalresources #the_sca #internship #leatherbackseaturtle #gradschoolhereicome
Eyed Click Beetle (Alaus oculatus). • • #entymology #beetle #intern #the_sca #bugslife
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