Registration for Credit Valley Conservation’s (CVC) popular Conservation Youth Corps (CYC) program is now open. High school students can earn up to 35 volunteer hours in one week this summer by participating in environmental stewardship activities. Space is limited so students are encouraged to sign up early.
“The program is a great way for students to engage in environmental activities while earning volunteer hours,” said Adam Wilford, Acting Senior Coordinator of Community Outreach at CVC. “It’s an opportunity for students to earn valuable experience and build important skills such as communication, leadership and team work. For many, the program is a chance to spend more time outside and develop a new appreciation for nature.”
The CYC summer program is open to high school students in the Credit River Watershed, from Orangeville to Mississauga. 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. Remaining days are spent completing restoration and ecological projects.
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 high school. Activities include tree planting, managing invasive species, aquatic and terrestrial monitoring, fish and wildlife habitat construction, community gardening, trail maintenance and more.
The CYC program started twelve years ago. Since 2007, nearly 2,700 students have joined the week-long summer program and contributed over 84,000 hours of service. Through partnerships with landowners and supporters, these students planted more than 26,000 trees to help fight climate change. Students have also removed more than 12,000 individual invasive species, like garlic mustard, honeysuckle and buckthorn. All this work has taken place on more than 160 different properties.
Students 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. For more information and to register, visit cvc.ca/cyc or call CVC at 906-670-1615 or toll free at 1-800-668-5557. Applications will be accepted through CYC’s online process.
The CYC program is made possible by the generous support of Region of Peel, Credit Valley Conservation Foundation and its donors and sponsors, including Bass Pro Shops, Biogen, Community Foundation of Mississauga, EcoSpark, Enbridge, Kruger Products, the UPS Foundation, TD FEF Brampton and Mississauga Chapters, and the WWF Loblaw Water Fund.
Caption: Conservation Youth Corps student volunteers connecting with nature
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. That watershed is the area of land defined by where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. It inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
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