April 3, 2012 – Registration for Credit Valley Conservation’s (CVC) popular Conservation Youth Corps (CYC) Program is now open. High school students can earn volunteer hours by participating in environmental stewardship activities. Spaces are limited so students are encouraged to sign up now.

“CYC helped build my knowledge of nature, developed my leadership skills and showed me different ways to help my community,” said Chandini Chandrabalan, CYC participant and student at Gordon Graydon Secondary School in Mississauga. “Instead of just recycling and composting, I started to look at the environment on a larger scale and reflect on more ways to improve it.”

This is the sixth year CVC has offered the program to high school students in the Credit River Watershed. Participants volunteer in groups of seven with CVC staff for one week of the summer. The first volunteer day consists of an orientation session at Terra Cotta Conservation Area. The remaining days are work days. The program runs for nine weeks during summer break.

Each year, approximately 250 students work on a range of activities that benefit nature, while earning up to 35 of the 40 volunteer hours needed to graduate from high school. Activities include: tree planting, managing invasive species, aquatic and terrestrial monitoring, fish and wildlife habitat construction and trail maintenance.

Volunteers have an opportunity to learn about the environment through meaningful experiences, explore different areas of the Credit River Watershed and meet new people. The CYC summer program also looks impressive on a resume as well as on college and university applications.

All training and tools are provided. The only thing volunteers need to bring is lunch, a refillable water bottle and a good attitude. For more information about CYC and to register visit www.creditvalleyca.ca/cyc or call CVC at 906-670-1615 or toll free at 1-800-668-5557.

Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for more than 50 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed for present and future generations.

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Media Contact:
Jon MacMull
Communications Specialist
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 385
[email protected]

Information Contact:
Shawn Verge
Program Coordinator, Conservation Youth Corps
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext 441
[email protected]

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