Keep it Wild with Student Conservation Association

An SCA crew works together to clear debris from trails and restore wilderness character to the backcountry.

Each year, a crew of college interns works alongside National Park Service teams during a 35-day program in the wilderness to remove invasive plants, restore abandoned or “social” trails, and remove inappropriate campsites. SCA crews generally survey more than 15 square miles (9,600 acres), walking more than 40 miles in about 30 days. Thanks to their work, natural processes have been restored and ecosystems preserved.

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Map of Your Impact

From the reintroduction of bighorn sheep to restoration of Yosemite’s legendary trails, your support has made an impact in every corner of the park.