PLEASE NOTE: Registration for the Conservation Youth Corps Program is currently CLOSED. To get on a mailing list for the 2020 program, please click HERE.

Program Description

The Conservation Youth Corps (CYC) is a week long program  full of fun, learning and hard work. As a CYC volunteer, you will spend your week on a crew of nine youth volunteers and be lead and mentored by experienced CVC Staff. the CYC program runs all summer long and we have capacity for up to 324 volunteers. 

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 and projects and locations change each day so you have the opportunity to see many different areas of the watershed and learn about 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
  • Lunch
  • Water in a refillable water bottle

Volunteer Projects

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:

  • Tree planting
  • Trail maintenance
  • Invasive species removal
  • Stream restoration
  • Electro-fishing
  • Bird house construction

There will be some time for fun and exploring too, maybe sports at lunch, or a trip at the end of the day to areas of interest like the Cheltenham Badlands.

Program Eligibility

Applicants must be:

  • Living or going to school in the watershed
  • At least 14 years of age
  • Planning to return to high school in the fall

Selection Process

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.

CYC registration is currently CLOSED.

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