American Express and the Student Conservation Host ‘Servabration’ for National Park Service’s 99th Birthday on the National Mall on August 25

Event will kick-off series of Find Your Park Volunteer Events to help preserve 200,000 acres of parkland across the country

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  American Express is partnering with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to mobilize thousands of volunteers to conserve and preserve parks across the United States. Through a $550,000 grant from American Express, SCA will conduct a series of Find Your Park volunteer events, scheduled to occur over the next year, on national days of service such as September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance (September 11) and Veterans Day (November 11).
To kick off the partnership and commemorate the National Park Service’s 99th birthday, American Express and SCA will host a hands-on ‘servabration’, which is free and open to the general public.

The event will feature birthday cupcakes by Sprinkles Cupcakes, hands-on volunteer projects, a park-themed photo booth, and other interactive experiences, which offer the public the opportunity to learn more about the history of volunteering in national parks. More information about the event is available at

American Express is one of the National Park Foundation’s premier partners for the Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque movement, inspiring people of all backgrounds to discover all that a park can be, share their experiences with each other, and support these treasured places and their programs.


Jonathan B. Jarvis, director, National Park Service, Jaime Berman Matyas, CEO and president, SCA, Ayomide Sekiteri, Centennial Volunteer Ambassador, SCA, and Karen Cucurullo, acting superintendent, National Mall will discuss the legacy of America’s national parks and the importance of service and volunteerism in parks.



Tuesday, August 25

Speeches and birthday celebration: 10 - 10:30 a.m. ** Photo opportunity **

Volunteer activities: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

National Mall, Washington Monument Grounds

Corner of 15th Street NW & Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC


Amelia Woltering



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About the Student Conservation Association

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is America’s largest and most effective youth conservation service 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, SCA’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders, and 70% of its 75,000 alumni are employed or studying in conservation-related fields. SCA is headquartered in Washington, DC and maintains regional offices across the country. For more, visit

About the National Park Foundation

The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at


Amelia Woltering, 212-640-7034


Amelia Woltering, 212-640-7034