Updates & Stories

Restoring the prairie

by Annika Feight, central district crew member/ AmeriCorps member If you have spent any time at some of the Three Rivers Park District’s lands, you… Read More

To tree or not to tree

by Caroline Fazzio, central district crew leader/ AmeriCorps member How many trees does it take to reforest a landscape? The short answer to such… Read More

Buckthorn bound

by Caroline Fazzio, central district crew leader/ AmeriCorps member Buckthorn piled along a park trail in Crystal, MN. Have you ever been enjoying a… Read More

The world is waking

by Caroline Fazzio, central district crew leader/ AmeriCorps member “Winter’s on the wing, here’s a fine spring morn’ […] The sun spells the doom of… Read More

How do you make a leader?

By Gina Hatch, AmeriCorps member Crew leaders from Central District settle in for a presentation on chainsaw operation at the Conservation Corps headquarters in… Read More

Stairway to learning: a Shakopee Crew in action

By: Melissa Cuff Oak Ridge Elementary School of Leadership, Environmental and Health Sciences now has a brand new 56 step stairway giving access to an… Read More

Youth Outdoors Crew Member Experience: Addie Bona

By: Megan Zeiher, Recruitment Coordinator To share more about the Corps experience from a member’s point of view, we caught up with Addie… Read More

Youth complete spring term with service projects

To culminate their 11-week service term, participants in the Youth Outdoors program design and implement service projects in communities where they serve.  Read More

Where Are They Now? Mary Hammes

Mary Hammes’ path to her current job with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency traversed three Corps programs: she served on a seasonal Superior National Forest… 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