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Just DUNE It: My Summer at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Anna Rivera. What is the SCA?. The Student Conservation Association. What is the SCA?. Started in 1957 by Elizabeth C. Putnam in Grand Teton and Olympic National Parks.

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anna rivera

Just DUNE It:

My Summer at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Anna Rivera

what is the sca
What is the SCA?

The Student Conservation Association


What is the SCA?

Started in 1957 by Elizabeth C. Putnam in Grand Teton and Olympic National Parks

4,000 interns in over 500 natural and cultural sites all over the US

nps academy
NPS Academy

Three phases:

1. Academy Launch

2. Summer Internship

3. Outreach

Designed to build a 21st century workforce for America’s national parks: highly motivated, contemporarily skilled and ethnically diverse

Three themes:

1. Connections

2. Diversity

3. Legacy

academy launch
Academy Launch

Two spring break sessions: Grand Teton (March 5-9)

Great Smoky Mountains (March 12-16)

30 diverse college students from all over the country at each session

One week of exploring NPS career paths and learning how our national parks are managed

summer internship
Summer Internship

12-week paid summer internship with the NPS

Hands-on experiences in environmental education, resource management, volunteer coordination, trail maintenance, risk management, etc


Serve as Academy ambassadors by reaching out to fellow students on their campuses to generate interest for the 2013 NPS Academy program

what i ve been up to so far
What I’ve been up to so far…

North Manitou Island restoration interpretation

Visitor use surveys on the island


Expanded on field experience

Have a new set of skills to use in the future

Greater sense of responsibility

Better understanding of the value of both working as part of a team and working solo