The Conservation Youth Corps (CYC) is a week long outdoor environmental volunteer program full of fun and learning with a focus on climate change. CYC volunteers spend a week on a crew of nine youth volunteers, participating in a variety of environmental stewardship projects. Volunteers are assigned a CVC staff crew leader who leads and mentors them through environmental restoration activities. Activities take place across the watershed and each day is something new. The CYC program runs all summer long and has capacity for up to 324 volunteers.
Applicants must be:
- Living or going to school in the Credit River Watershed
- At least 14 years of age
- Returning to high school in the fall
What to expect:
If selected for the program, your Crew Leader will pick you up each morning at 8:00 a.m. at a local high school and bring you to your work site. On Monday, training and orientation will take place at Terra Cotta Conservation Area. Tuesday through Friday are work days. Projects and locations change each day so you have the opportunity to see the watershed and participate in a variety of environmental restoration projects. At the end of the day, your Crew Leader will drop you off at 3:00 p.m. at the same high school you were picked up at.
All training and tools will be provided.
What to Bring?
- Solid close-toed shoes or boots
- Long Pants (Sorry, no shorts allowed)
- Long socks – to cover ankles
- T-shirt or long sleeve shirt (no tanktops or cut off shirts)
- Rain Gear – We will continue working unless there is thunder or lightning
- Hat and sunglasses
- Water in a refillable water bottle
So what exactly will you do as a CYC volunteer? Each week crews will be faced with a different set of projects, which may include:
- Invasive species removal
- Tree planting or maintenance of past plantings
- Trail maintenance
- Stream restoration
- Environmental monitoring
- Habitat construction
We have 324 spots and typically receive over 600 applicants. Student volunteers are selected through a lottery type system based on when they are available and where they choose to be picked-up. The more weeks you are available and the more pick-up/drop-off locations you select, the easier it will be for us to find you a volunteer placement.
Note: We are still hopeful to host a CYC Summer program despite the ongoing COVID-19 situation. As the situation unfolds in the weeks and months ahead, we will have a better understanding of the possibility of this happening. In the meantime, we encourage you to apply. It takes less than 5 minutes and could result in a week full of fun outdoors this summer! We will communicate any changes to the program with those who have applied.