Restoring Resources. Changing Lives.

At Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa, youth and young adults grow as environmental stewards and leaders while giving back to the community through meaningful service.

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Browse opportunities that provide a meaningful experience while impacting the environment and your community.

Programs

Summer Youth Corps

Youth participants connect with the outdoors through paid hands-on conservation work during this summer residential program. AmeriCorps members spend the summer living outdoors while leading and supervising the youth.

Iowa Monarch Habitat Project

Iowa Monarch Crews travel and camp throughout the state while collecting data related to monarch butterfly habitat.

Our Impact

Over the past five years...

8,443

miles of trails & waterways improved or maintained

644,771

trees, shrubs, & forbs planted

2,529

youth & young adults engaged

Testimonials

“It’s a great experience. You make life-long friends and it’s not only impacting you, it’s impacting the whole community.”

Debraha Omot Summer Youth Corps Crew Leader

“Being able to be in a park every single day has been the part that I enjoy the most.”

Clara Brown Individual Placement Member

“You get a fire certification, and then there’s a sawyer certification as well. That’s basically what I came for was the certs and I got a lot more than that.”

Tanner Wilkins Iowa Field Crew Member

“I’ve learned a lot of new concrete trail building techniques. That’s really valuable, but I think maybe more valuable is meeting people who are in a similar place in their life as me and are similarly motivated.”

Carl Bohacek Summer Youth Corps Crew Leader

Latest Updates & Stories

A Black History Month Conversation

By Joseph Dobbins II, Friend of CCMI Introduction Hello, hello! I am Joseph Dobbins II, and I am honored to have a platform for… Read More

Celebrate Black History Month With Us

Originally posted in February 2021; Updated February 2024 We invite you to celebrate Black History with us this month, and beyond. Conservation Corps Minnesota &… Read More

Summer Youth Corps Update

Last summer, the Summer Youth Corps (SYC) program of Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa (CCMI) experienced the tragic loss of youth member, Anne “Annie” Messelt. Read More

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