WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Two-thousand volunteers in 16 cities will make for one very big Earth Day. The Student Conservation Association (SCA), the national leader in youth service and stewardship, today announced the first half of a slate of Earth Day service projects, to take place across the country over the next ten days.
“By serving our city environments this Earth Day, SCA is renewing the connection between urban populations and our natural world, while empowering young people from diverse backgrounds to take on leadership roles within their own communities, ” states SCA President and CEO Jaime Berman Matyas. “Conservation begins at home, and the support of so many youth on this forty-fifth Earth Day is awesome.”
SCA Earth Day sponsors include American Express, Exelon Foundation, Johnson Controls, Inc., Southwest Airlines, and United Water, while April 18th projects include:
- Houston, TX: With Houston Parks and Recreation, SCA will plant native trees and remove invasive species to strengthen Herman Brown Park, in partnership with the National Environmental Education Foundation. 400 Mercury Drive from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
- Hyde Park, NY: Volunteers are invited to join members of SCA’s Hudson Valley Corps and Scenic Hudson in repairing worn and eroded sections of the Hyde Park Greenway Trail, 4079 Albany Post Rd. from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- New York, NY: more than 300 volunteers will converge on historic Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, as SCA teams up with Friends of Van Cortlandt Park to plant new seedlings and clear invasive plants from sites throughout the park. 246 Broadway from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- Philadelphia, PA: SCA members, alumni and others will help with the annual waterfront clean-up along Darby Creek at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
- Riverdale, IL: SCA and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County will restore Whistler Woods by clearing invasive species and removing litter as part of the Litterati Project. 678 W. 134th St. from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
- Redwood City, CA: Volunteers from SCA, Acterra and the City of Redwood City will restore Stulsaft Park by clearing invasives, removing litter, constructing new trail, monitoring stream water quality and removing social trails around the park. 3737 Farm Hill Boulevard, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Additional projects are scheduled for Saturday, April 25th in Auburn, NH, Bear Mountain, NY, Detroit, MI, Forks, WA, Hawley, MA, Milwaukee, WI, New Paltz, Pittsburgh, PA, Seattle, WA and Washington, DC.
Those wishing to participate are asked to register and find more information online at http://www.thesca.org/events.
About the Student Conservation Association
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is America’s oldest and largest youth conservation organization. SCA transforms lives and lands by empowering young people of all backgrounds to plan, act, and lead, while they protect and restore our natural and cultural resources. Founded in 1957, its mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders, and seven in 10 of SCA’s 75,000 alumni worldwide are employed or studying in conservation-related fields. Headquartered in Washington, DC, SCA also maintains regional offices in Charlestown, NH, Chicago, IL, Houston, TX, Oakland, CA and Seattle, WA. For more, visit www.thesca.org.