Scattergood Foundation

Advancing Innovative Strategies for Change in Behavioral Health

Student Conservation Association

SCA's mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of our environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.

Jason Sandman
Urban Trails Organizer


Date Project Title
04/2013 to 04/2014 Urban Trail Organizer


First and Last


A year has passed since the Tacony Creek Trail officially opened to the general public. Since that time, I have been tasked with seeing through specific outputs with the intention of having very specific end results; improve health outcomes for those individuals who engage in positive use of the space. As my last week winds down here with the both SCA and The Thomas...

Embracing Change in Tacony Creek Park


Change happens. A change of the seasons, a change of the mind, a change of understanding. Change happens all around us. I have found it to be the case that it is not so much the change itself that leads to positive outcomes, but how one reacts to the change process that is so critical in accelerating outcomes. I also believe that change can be absorbed and implemented with a...

Resources & Restoration for Tacony Creek Park

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope your new year is off to a restorative start.  This month’s blogpost is featuring my resource database. I have uncovered a large amount of information and opportunities for further learning and engagement over the past 9 months.  Although not fully comprehensive, this list is a starting point for further research and data collection. I have placed the links into...

The bar set high for conservation work in Tacony!

Trail Users, Supporters, Designers, and Policy-makers,

I envision that the viewership of these blogpost is diverse and eclectic.  I envision that each of you has a stake in how the Tacony Creek trail and park is used, managed, and maintained. I congratulate you on taking the time to read these posts over the last few months and for your active participation in sustaining the tremendous...

Green Space As A Tool To Improve Individual's Health


One of the main outcomes the Scattergood Foundation seeks to support and is committed to improving, is the social determinants of health for the residents within the 19124 zipcode. The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.  These external circumstances can shape the physical, mental and spiritual health of a given...

Back to School and Reflecting on Summer Safety Concerns

The leaves are starting to slowly change color from a bright green to a soft yellow in some sections of the park.  The deciduous tree canopies are thinning out, with many leaves making their way down to the landscape, creating a beautiful color wheel on the trail. 

Autumn brings with it reminders of pumpkins, crisper weather, sweaters, and back-to-school activities.  Many of the young...

Hard at Work in the Tookany-Tacony Creek Park

This year (April 2013-2014) marks a significant milestone for the Student Conservation Association (SCA) here in Philadelphia, PA.  We are very happy to be partnering with another local Philadelphia organization, the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, in order to develop the next generation of conservation leaders.  In order to inspire lifelong stewardship of both the outdoor...