Updates & Stories

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

“Quotable”

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

New corps members take on the pack test

When was the last time you hiked three miles carrying a 45-pound pack in 45 minutes or less? Young adult corps members must do exactly that to pass the work capacity test ― called the pack test ― administered at the beginning of their service term, immediately following orientation.   Read More

Finding the Switch

Being on a Youth Outdoors crew in South Minneapolis is like walking into a dark room and not knowing where the light switch is. You cautiously open the door, reach across all the obvious areas of the wall, and hope that the house was built after 1925. Then… finally as you are crouch behind a desk with your hand between stacks of books, you finally find the switch. And “aha!” you get it. Something amazing happens. Or literally, the light comes on. Read More