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Student Conservation Assoc

We're the Student Conservation Association, the nation’s largest youth conservation force.

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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 Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area! It was designated as Nevada's first National Conservation Area in 1990. Less than 20 miles from the glitz of Las Vegas, it showcases what makes the Mojave Desert so spectacular. . . . The area, named for its vivid, rusty red sandstone outcrops, offers visitors nearly 200,000 acres in which to experience unique sandstone escarpments, thickets of Joshua trees, desert flowers, the desert tortoise, and evidence left by native peoples, such as roasting pits, petroglyphs, and pictographs. . . . Red Rock offers a 13-mile scenic drive, miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, and more. . . . Click the link in our bio for a full list of lesser-known parks, refuges, and protected areas to avoid crowds this summer! . . . #redrock #nevada #mojavedesert #blm #YourPublicLands #FindYourWay #conservationarea #optoutdoors #exploreoutdoors #exploreeverywhere #adventure #hiking #desert #nv #rockclimbing #sandstone #rocks #rockoutcrops #scenery #landscape #publiclands #summer #escapetheindoors #getoutdoorsmonth
Wave to SCA field ranger interns at Gunnison National Forest in Colorado! 👋🌲We're loving those shiny SCA name tags. These two have duties that encompass over 1.3 million acres of the Central Rockies. Keep up the great work! . . . Photo by SCA intern @ally.mattucci. . . . @u.s.forestservice #forestservice #usfs #colorado #internship #fieldwork #ranger #conservation #usforestservice #forest #mountains #womeninconservation #co #rockymountains #fieldranger #education #visitors #publiclands #gunnison #rockies #outdoors #greatoutdoors #serveoutdoors #gunnisonnationalforest #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
The evergreen forests and alpine wilderness of North Cascades National Park are calling! Click the link in our bio for a list of internship opportunities that need qualified applicants ASAP—at places like North Cascades National Park. . . . #findyourpark #optoutside #northcascades #washingtonstate #pnw #mountains #alpine #parkranger #hiking #nationalparks #washington #wilderness #forest #scenic #outdoorlife #summerjobs #internships #students #conservation #hike #usinterior #pnwonderland #getoutstayout #noca
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
50 years ago the National Trails System Act was signed into law! In 1968, it was passed by Congress and signed by President Johnson. However inconspicuous its passage may have been at the time, the Act’s legacy has grown in impact over time, spreading a network of hiking trails across vast parts on the United States. . . . In its own words, the purpose of the National Trails System Act was “to promote the preservation of, public access to, travel within, and enjoyment and appreciation of the open-air, outdoor areas and historic resources of the Nation.” To this end, the Act established distinct trail categories: National Scenic Trails, National Recreation Trails, and connecting trails that would link up the major components of the budding system. A new category, National Historic Trails, was added in 1978. . . . From the first two trails designated by the original act – the massive Appalachian and Pacific Crest Scenic Trails – the system has blossomed to include more than 1,300 new trails, with a total length of nearly 60,000 miles stretching from coast to coast. Click the link in our bio to read more! . . . #nationaltrailsday #hiking #trails #hike #trail #outdoors #adventureawaits #getoutdoors #greatoutdoors #escapetheindoors #outside_project #appalachiantrail #pacificcresttrail #recreation #historic #scenic
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
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
This is Yellow Branch Falls, part of the Sumter National Forest in South Carolina! Check out our story for highlights of an SCA crew working in the same forest—along the Palmetto Trail. . . . #trailwork #optoutdoors #southcarolina #hiking #waterfall #forest #nature #trails #waterfalls #studentconservationassociation
Many wild animals are living right alongside us in urban spaces! We forget that cities are complex ecosystems with perhaps unexpected levels of biodiversity. . . . You’re probably familiar with red foxes, but you may not know much about their shy and charismatic relative—the gray fox (pictured). While the red fox has proven its ability to thrive in urban environments, the gray fox is still learning to adapt. Gray foxes in suburban areas across the country seem to be catching on quickly. You might need to look up to see one, though, as they’re completely adept at climbing trees. . . . Click the link in our bio for more wildlife species you may see around town! . . . #fox #wildlife #conservation #cities #urbanwildlife #nature #grayfox #ecosystem #biodiversity #animals #greenspaces #urbangreenspaces #wildanimals
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
"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
Meg went from SCA backcountry ranger at @olympicnationalpark in 1985, to Aviation Branch Chief for the @nationalparkservice in 2018! 🔥 This is a newspaper clipping of Meg working as a firefighter, dripping fire onto a three-foot swath of underbrush during a controlled burn. We got the inside scoop on aviation on public lands from Meg - click the link in our bio to read more.
It's not hard to believe that Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is an International Biosphere Reserve! Situated in the Sonoran Desert, the Arizona monument hosts plants (including 26 species of cactus) and animals that are uniquely adapted to the temp, sunlight, and little rainfall of the region. . . . Check out a current list of SCA "Hot Internships" in places like @organpipenps —click the link in our bio to browse and apply! . . . #NPS #arizona #cactus #findyourpark #optoutside #summerjobs #monument #nationalmonuments #landscape #desert #sonorandesert #az
"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
Glaciers, rivers, forests, and wildlife! We're building a team to spend 4 weeks in Alaska's Chugach National Forest this summer. Click the link in our bio to apply! (Ages 15-18) . . . The Chugach National Forest in south central Alaska includes extensive shorelines, glaciers, forests and rivers, much of which is untouched by roads or trails. It is also home to numerous bird, mammal and marine species, including extensive shorebird habitat and a bald eagle population larger than the contiguous 48 states combined. . . . The crew will be based out of the 13 mile campground and travel daily to the worksite on the Ibeck Creek trail where they will perform streambank restoration. The team will build their skills in teamwork, leadership, and problem solving . . . #wildlife #alaska #wildflowers #springflowers #mountains #glaciers #forestservice #nationalforest #summer #rivers #highschool #students #publiclands #forest #landscape
Give your mom a bear hug today! 🐻 #MothersDay
It's International Migratory Bird Day! What better way to help struggling birds than a career dedicated to monitoring and protecting them? Click the link in our bio to check out four internships focused on migratory and endangered birds! . . . #worldmigratorybirdday #birds #ornithology #biology #biologist #conservation #career #birding #wildlife
What's being done to monitor the threatened Yosemite toad? Rick Kuyper did an internship with the Tongass National Forest through SCA and is now Sierra Cascades Division Chief with the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office. He offers a glimpse into activities underway to monitor this threatened toad. Click the link in our bio to read more. . . . #wildlife #toad #amphibians #biology #nationalforest #usfws #wildlifebiologist #yosemite #california #fieldwork #scientists #toads #animals
◀️ SWIPE ▶️ Backpack through Olympic National Park this summer! Teams will learn everything from wilderness skills to marine science. Ages 15-19 apply now by clicking the link in our bio. . . . #findyourpark #summer #leadership #students #wilderness #science #biology #ecology #naturalhistory #flora #fauna #nationalpark #pnw #washingtonstate
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
Dreams of exploring the Ansel Adams or John Muir Wilderness? Apply to be an SCA Wilderness Monitoring Intern this summer at Inyo National Forest! Click the link in our bio to learn more. . . . #camping #wilderness #mountains #conservation #camp #nationalforest #summerjobs #tent #optoutside #california #ca #outdoors #publiclands #forestservice
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
Who else wants to be on this trail in @redwoodnps ?🌲🙋🏽‍♀️🌲 Check out our story to meet a team of SCA Restoration Technicians who just wrapped up their time at Redwood NP. Wishing them and all SCA’ers luck in their next adventure!
Happy #WildflowerWeek !🌻🌼 What's your favorite flower to see on the trail? Be sure to bookmark the wildflower database—a useful resource to identify native plants. Visit www.wildflowers.org to try it out. Thanks @davidkingham for the incredible #Colorado columbine photo!
60% of girls aren't going outside enough – and we’re looking for interns who can change that! 🛶🏕 Apply now for one of 16 Girl Scouts Education and Outreach Intern positions. Click the link in our bio to see the cities with opportunities.
Careful! 🐻🌲 "In @yellowstonenps , two young black bear cubs wrestle on a tree branch high in the air. As their mother watches from below, one cub pushes his smaller sibling to the edge of the branch, giving him a complimentary slap on the face. For a second, the smaller cub loses his balance, but he quickly regains it, and they commence with their playful wrestling." —Photographer Grace Chung . . . #yellowstone #nps #findyourpark #nationalparkweek #yellowstonenp #wildlife #animals #babyanimals #siblings
A view of the volcanic Wizard Island at Crater Lake National Park! Take a look at our story for a glimpse at a past national crew in Oregon. 👆 . . . #publiclands #outdoor #craterlake #oregon #nationalpark #findyourpark #pnw #lake #nature #natureview #volcanic #craterlakenationalpark #nationalparkweek #pacificnorthwest #northwest
Happy #ArborDay ! Plant more trees -- for their natural beauty, and for a cleaner and healthier global ecosystem. #ArborDay2018
Happy National Park Week! Comment below with your @ favorite park / @ park you want to visit next. . . . #FindYourPark #NationalParkWeek #grandteton #NPS #NationalParks #mountains #wildflowers #outdoors #publiclands
SCA intern Natalie Burgos bringing the 🔥! As part of her internship, Natalie went with Todd Ernenputsch -- a natural resource specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers -- to several locks and dams along the Illinois River to conduct controlled burns on the hills. The goal was to clear woody invasives to help prairies-in-restoration and return nutrients back to the soil. You can see Todd in the background of the photo, setting down the rest of the back burn. Both are in full fire gear!
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