Student Conservation Association celebrates many years of Volunteer Service

After completing an array of successful stewardship projects for Earth Day, Student Conservation Association (SCA) is upping the ante with an even busier “Great Outdoors Month“.  Kicking off June with American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day on June 7th, SCA has organized a variety of activities for its members, including two large events in Seattle and New York City. Events on National Trails Day include:

Trinity River Corridor
Dallas, TX — June 4th

SCA will join national partner Southwest Airlines and the Trinity River Conservation Corps to remove invasives and plant native species along the Trinity Skyline Trail on the Trinity River Corridor. (This event will not be open to the public.)
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Saratoga Spa State Park
Saratoga Springs, NY — June 6th

SCA will work with New York State Parks to remove invasive species, install split rail fencing, and create new trail entrances in Saratoga Spa State Park. (Public welcome.)
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Hudson River Park
New York, NY — June 7th

Members of SCA’s Hudson Valley Corps will work with its partners at the Hudson River Park Trust to define trails in the park’s habitat garden and expand the path to create new gathering space. (Not open to the public.)
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Van Cortlandt Park
Bronx, NY — June 7th

SCA members and alumni will work with Friends of Van Cortlandt Park to clear drainage channels along the Cross Country Trail in Van Cortlandt Park. (Not open to the public.)
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Esopus Meadows Preserve
Ulster Park, NY — June 7th

SCA will work with its partners at Scenic Hudson to build stepping stones and water bars and install new signage at Esopus Meadows Preserve. (Public welcome.)
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Grafton Lakes State Park
Grafton, NY — June 7th

Members of SCA’s Hudson Valley Corps will work with New York State Parks to create stream crossings and complete other trail maintenance to get Grafton Lakes State Park ready for the summer season. (Public welcome.)
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South Side Park
Pittsburgh, PA — June 7th

SCA will work with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy to maintain trail corridor at South Side Park. (Public welcome.)
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Silk Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
Concord, NH — June 7th

Members of SCA’s New Hampshire Corps and SCA’s Manchester Community Crew will join their partners at New Hampshire Audubon to repair bridges, install stone steps, and complete other trail maintenance at Audubon’s Silk Farm Wildlife Sanctuary. (Public welcome.)
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Cleveland Memorial Forest
Issaquah, WA (Seattle area) — June 7th

SCA will team up with the Seattle School District to celebrate its 30th anniversary of service to the Seattle area by maintaining trails in Cleveland Memorial Forest. (Public welcome.)
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East River Park
New York, NY — June 10th

SCA will join its national partner American Eagle and NYC Parks to weed, mulch, and plant along the paths in East River Park on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. (Not open to the public.)
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SCA will follow National Trails Day with the promotion of Get Outdoors Day on June 14th, and finish June with a very special Founder’s Day celebration on June 24th.

SCA Founder’s Day is celebrated annually on June 24th, the date on which the first SCA volunteers began their service at Grand Teton and Olympic National Parks in 1957.  Special projects that demonstrate the impact of young conservation leaders on national parks, state forests and local communities will be dedicated to SCA’s founder, Liz Putnam.  Last year, SCA marked the occasion with a large, joint service project with the Points of Light Foundation in DC and at Olympic National Park, where Liz celebrated her 80th birthday with local SCA members, park staff and other friends, among other events.

Student Conservation Association is one of many organizations supporting the National Trails Day effort to get more Americans outdoors to explore nearby trails and nature.

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