Updates & Stories

Meet the 2018 IP’s!

By: Caroline Fazzio Spend some time chatting with CCMI members, and you’ll quickly realize how interesting everyone is. I have met some truly remarkable people… Read More

Drip Torches, Dragon guns, and Shania Twain

By: Kelsey Brock Hey everyone! I’m Kelsey, part of Mankato Crew one. So far, we have just finished three weeks of training (orientation, chainsaw, and… Read More

New Blogger! Harley Lott

Name: Harley Lott Crew/Program/Position: Mankato Crew 2/12-month field crew/ crew member Hometown: East Bethel, Minnesota College: Vermilion Community College Favorite food: Homemade Swedish meat balls… Read More

More than Just a Fancy Logo: My AmeriCorps Story

By: Caroline Fazzio When I left home for college, I was a bright-eyed eager kid ready to go learn how to change the world. The… Read More

New blogger! Kelsey Brock

Name: Kelsey Brock Crew/Program/Position:  Southern District, Mankato Crew/ field crew program / Crew member Hometown: Colville, Washington College: University of Wisconsin-Platteville Favorite food: Cream cheese… Read More

Behind the scenes at orientation

Each year, Conservation Corps program staff prepare for a hectic but exciting start to the season. Within the first two months of the year, hiring… Read More

It’s all in a space

By: Caroline Fazzio It has been a little over a month since myself and five other DNR IP’s took up lairs in the St Paul… Read More

My Corps Story

As the 2017 service year wraps up, we asked our members to reflect on the year and share their fondest memory or greatest accomplishment with… Read More


On Thursday, November 16, about 40 AmeriCorps members, staff and friends came together to celebrate the Corps at Alluvial brewing in Ames. Thank you for… Read More

My other office is a canoe

I recently had the great pleasure of attending two Conservation Corps mid-year retreats; one for Individual Placements like me, and one for crews. The time spent with my fellow Corps members has been just the refreshment I needed. As Individual Placements, we don’t get as many opportunities to build camaraderie. It was nice to finally feel a true sense of community amongst my peers whether it was throwing down on the field during Corps Olympics or just relaxing around a campfire throwing a Frisbee. Victory was oh so sweet after my Olympics team, Loon, laid everything out there. Whatever hole was left from loss of dignity and sore muscles was quickly filled with s’mores. Besides the fun, I was glad we Individual Placements all got a chance to talk about our similar experiences; struggles, victories and all. Read More