America's Great Outdoors
A breathtaking aerial view of the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in Alaska. This photo was taken by Student Conservation Association intern Devdharm Khalsa, who got to see the park in most spectacular fashion while documenting the work of a National Park archaeology crew this summer. “The sight I saw as we helicoptered into the park was awe-inspiring. Pristine rivers — the surface glittering like thousands of diamonds — flowing hundreds of feet below us, vast mountain valleys, towering peaks and patches of boreal forest dotted the tundra landscape. It was a dream come true for me.”
All this week, we’re featuring photos taken by studentconservationassociation (SCA) members. A non-profit that connects young people with conservation service opportunities on public lands across the country, SCA has interns and conservation corps members in all 50 states — providing students with the opportunity to work with rangers and biologists to protect, restore and promote public lands.

A breathtaking aerial view of the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in Alaska. This photo was taken by Student Conservation Association intern Devdharm Khalsa, who got to see the park in most spectacular fashion while documenting the work of a National Park archaeology crew this summer. “The sight I saw as we helicoptered into the park was awe-inspiring. Pristine rivers — the surface glittering like thousands of diamonds — flowing hundreds of feet below us, vast mountain valleys, towering peaks and patches of boreal forest dotted the tundra landscape. It was a dream come true for me.”

All this week, we’re featuring photos taken by studentconservationassociation (SCA) members. A non-profit that connects young people with conservation service opportunities on public lands across the country, SCA has interns and conservation corps members in all 50 states — providing students with the opportunity to work with rangers and biologists to protect, restore and promote public lands.

Rising nearly 5,000 feet above Yosemite Valley and 8,800 feet above sea level, Half Dome is a Yosemite National Park icon.

Rising nearly 5,000 feet above Yosemite Valley and 8,800 feet above sea level, Half Dome is a Yosemite National Park icon.

Though a short distance from the urban areas of Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park seems worlds away. The park is a refuge for native plants and wildlife, and provides routes of discovery for visitors. The winding Cuyahoga River gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. Walk or ride the Towpath Trail to follow the historic route of the Ohio & Erie Canal.Photo of Brandywine Falls by Amjad Zwaid

Though a short distance from the urban areas of Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park seems worlds away. The park is a refuge for native plants and wildlife, and provides routes of discovery for visitors. The winding Cuyahoga River gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. Walk or ride the Towpath Trail to follow the historic route of the Ohio & Erie Canal.

Photo of Brandywine Falls by Amjad Zwaid

Skyline Rim near Factory Butte provides incredible, expansive views of the deserts of eastern Utah. The Henry Mountains offer a stout backdrop.Photo: Brandon Jolley, BLM Rangeland Management Specialist

Skyline Rim near Factory Butte provides incredible, expansive views of the deserts of eastern Utah. The Henry Mountains offer a stout backdrop.

Photo: Brandon Jolley, BLM Rangeland Management Specialist

Photographer Rich Keen captured a tender moment between a bison & calf at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Refuge.Located just northeast of Denver, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is a 15,000-acre expanse of prairie, wetland and woodland habitat. The land has a unique story - it has survived the test of time and transitioned from farmland, to war-time manufacturing site, to wildlife sanctuary. It may be one of the finest conservation success stories in history and a place where wildlife thrives. 

Photographer Rich Keen captured a tender moment between a bison & calf at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Refuge.

Located just northeast of Denver, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is a 15,000-acre expanse of prairie, wetland and woodland habitat. The land has a unique story - it has survived the test of time and transitioned from farmland, to war-time manufacturing site, to wildlife sanctuary. It may be one of the finest conservation success stories in history and a place where wildlife thrives. 

Uncle Tom’s Trail in Yellowstone National Park: a great place to catch your breath.Photo: National Park Service

Uncle Tom’s Trail in Yellowstone National Park: a great place to catch your breath.

Photo: National Park Service

Photo from the west side of May Lake in Yosemite National Park.Photo: National Park Service

Photo from the west side of May Lake in Yosemite National Park.

Photo: National Park Service

St. Mary Falls in Glacier National Park.Photo: National Park Service

St. Mary Falls in Glacier National Park.

Photo: National Park Service

Frogs love a rainy day to explore new ponds. Many small young frogs have been seen lately on Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota. Here’s a unique find on the refuge - an albino wood frog.This 43,000 acre National Wildlife Refuge includes over 20 lakes, three rivers and hundreds of marshes and woodland ponds. The Refuge is host to over 250 birds, including nesting bald eagles, scarlet tanagers, golden-wing warblers, and ruffed grouse. Tamarac is a premier site for a growing trumpeter swan population. Visitors can search for white-tail deer, porcupine, beaver, river otter, black bear, or the elusive gray wolf along the scenic auto tour route. Observation platforms with spotting scopes enhance your viewing opportunities. An attractive visitor center offers a spectacular vista of the marshes and trees that are typical of Tamarac Refuge. A theater presentation provides orientation to the life and legends of this unique area. Your purchase at the small gift shop of wildlife books and locally made crafts serves as a fund-raiser of the Friends of Tamarac for educational programs and habitat enhancements. Enjoy hiking trails, historic sites, hunting and fishing. The Visitor Center is open weekdays year round 8am-4pm as well as summer and fall weekends 10am-5pm.Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Frogs love a rainy day to explore new ponds. Many small young frogs have been seen lately on Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota. Here’s a unique find on the refuge - an albino wood frog.

This 43,000 acre National Wildlife Refuge includes over 20 lakes, three rivers and hundreds of marshes and woodland ponds. The Refuge is host to over 250 birds, including nesting bald eagles, scarlet tanagers, golden-wing warblers, and ruffed grouse. Tamarac is a premier site for a growing trumpeter swan population. Visitors can search for white-tail deer, porcupine, beaver, river otter, black bear, or the elusive gray wolf along the scenic auto tour route. Observation platforms with spotting scopes enhance your viewing opportunities. An attractive visitor center offers a spectacular vista of the marshes and trees that are typical of Tamarac Refuge. A theater presentation provides orientation to the life and legends of this unique area. Your purchase at the small gift shop of wildlife books and locally made crafts serves as a fund-raiser of the Friends of Tamarac for educational programs and habitat enhancements. Enjoy hiking trails, historic sites, hunting and fishing. The Visitor Center is open weekdays year round 8am-4pm as well as summer and fall weekends 10am-5pm.

Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Moose in the mist.There was a heavy fog in the river valley this morning in Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming. This large bull moose was spotted eating his breakfast of Pacific willow leaves and branches near Headquarters. Photo: Tom Koerner/USFWS

Moose in the mist.

There was a heavy fog in the river valley this morning in Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming. This large bull moose was spotted eating his breakfast of Pacific willow leaves and branches near Headquarters.

Photo: Tom Koerner/USFWS