Youth conservation corps are the nation’s "conservation army". They are “earn and learn” programs for young people, ages 14-25, that complete critical land, water, and energy conservation work projects while helping them to be job-ready and achieve higher levels of education. Corps conservation projects include, trail construction and maintenance, residential water and energy conservation, weed, beetle kill, and fire mitigation, wildlife habitat restoration, and playground improvements. Youth corps training incorporates project-specific environmental education, job-readiness training, team building, life skills, and other basic education while building on the ethics of personal responsibility and civic pride.
To learn more, or to find a local youth corps conservation program, contact the Colorado Youth Corps Association, (303) 863-0600.