Youth give back to their community

Date: Saturday, June 5, 2010
Sites: River’s Edge Academy, Hazel Park Recreation Center and
Hancock Recreation Center – all in Saint Paul

Saint Paul youth enrolled in Conservation Corps Minnesota’s afterschool Youth Outdoors program are preparing end-of-semester service projects to improve their neighborhoods. Youth Outdoors engages four crews of six youth and two leaders each who meet at four recreation centers and complete habitat restoration and neighborhood revitalization projects. Using skills they’ve gained through the semester, youth select, design and recruit volunteers to implement the events, which will be held at:

River’s Edge Academy: Youth based at the West Minnehaha Rec Center are  organizing an environmental day at the Academy, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., open to the public. The event will include environmental displays, games and educational activities. Community groups are encouraged to host a display table. For more information contact Conservation Corps crew leaders at   

Hazel Park Recreation Center: Youth will lead volunteers in building a rain garden, planted with native species, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Youth will also lead volunteers in picking up litter and planting flowers on the grounds to thank Hazel Park Rec Center for hosting them this spring. For more information contact Conservation Corps crew leaders at:   

Hancock Recreation Center: Hancock and Phalen youth crews will join together to host an “Arts within the Community” event, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hancock Rec Center. The event, open to the public, will focus on biodiversity, pollution, trees and gardening. “Canvas,” a Saint Paul teen arts program, will participate with dancers and singers. For more information contact Conservation Corps crew leaders at:   

Contact: Emily Groshens, Communications Associate
(651) 209-9900 x 26 or