Now accepting applications for fall 2013. Apply Online!
Conservation Corps Minnesota’s afterschool program, Youth Outdoors, connects urban teens to the natural environment through hands-on conservation and neighborhood beautification projects. It empowers young people to become active, engaged citizens and leaders.
The program is currently open to Saint Paul, Ramsey County and Minneapolis high school students, ages 15 to 18, from households at or below 80 percent of the city’s median income. During the school year, youth meet at recreation centers. In Saint Paul youth meet at one of the following based on where they live and go to school, and where positions are open: Baker, Hazel, Phalen, West Minnehaha. Minneapolis youth meet at a recreation center in Minneapolis neighborhoods including North and South. Ramsey County youth meet at two recreation or community centers in Ramsey County. 75% of projects focus on natural resources and 25% on community service. Weekly activities include science and environmental education and conservation projects.
Youth gain job and career-planning skills and learn about natural resource management, ecology, science, technology, environmental conservation and Minnesota natural and cultural history. They also learn to plan and execute community service projects and lead volunteers. Youth earn $7.25/hour (12 hours per week), receive a snack on shorter work days and lunch on Saturdays and gain valuable life skills.
To join the Corps, you must be willing to work hard, outdoors, on diverse teams, and to engage in education and new activities.
2013 Semester Schedules
Spring program: March 26-June 4
Fall program: September 3-November 12
Saint Paul and
Ramsey County schedule
Tuesdays 3:30-6:00 pm
Saturdays 8:00 am-3:30 pm(with three Saturdays off)
Tuesdays 3:45-6:15 pm
Any questions, contact
Youth Outdoors Assistant Manager
Youth Outdoors is made possible by:
• McNeely Foundation
• Xcel Energy Foundation
• David B. Gold Foundation
• SmartWool Advocacy Fund
• City of Saint Paul Youth Job Corps
• City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation
• Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
• Ramsey County