Student Conservation Association stewardship group honored for work at Mount Rainier National Park

The Student Conservation Association youth stewardship program has received the National Park Service Director’s Partnership Award for its work at Mount Rainier National Park, the organization announced Tuesday.

The SCA was founded at Olympic National Park in 1957, and its Seattle community crew program launched in 1984. Since 1984 the Seattle-based group has sent more than 750 teens to serve at Rainier. In the past 10 years, students with the group have volunteered 29,600 hours of service at the park, according to a statement released Tuesday morning by SCA.

The award, introduced in 2013 by NPS director Jonathan B. Jarvis, recognizes significant accomplishments achieved by parks and outside groups working together.