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The Growth of Community

by Aden Herb, Crew Leader/ AmeriCorps Member with the Summer Youth Corps program of Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa As a returning AmeriCorps member for… Read More

Corpsmember Spotlight: Margaret Krueger

By Gina Hatch, AmeriCorps member Margaret Krueger’s time with the Conservation Corps has taken her on adventures to places that natural resource professionals might dream… Read More

Duluth event engages 60 volunteers to tackle Japanese Knotweed and other invasive species in Fairmount Park

Conservation Corps has a long history of restoring Minnesota’s natural resources in the northeast region of the state and along the North Shore. Our office… Read More

Resilience Projects with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

For three years now, our Summer Youth Corps and Youth Outdoor crew members have partnered with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to work on projects dealing with climate resiliency. What is that you ask? Let's take a look! Read More

Where are they now? Kristi Monsour

“Late nights around campfires, long rides in vans without air conditioning full of smelly people and random moments around camp is where all the magic… Read More

Where are they now? Amy Levander

Amy Levander, a 1990 Summer Youth Corps alumna, recently added Corps Volunteer to her title as she helped out at the 2014 St. Croix Boom Site Cleanup event led by current SYC participants. Levander was eager to volunteer with the Corps 24 years after her service because she strongly believes the Corps is an important program. “The Corps does great work not only by helping clean up our natural areas, but also by helping young people discover who they want to be,” she said. Levander attributes her experience in the SYC to helping her grow up -- learning a lot about herself and figuring out the kind of person she wanted to be. Read More

Summer Youth Corps Crew Training Begins

The Summer Youth Corps is made up of 137 youth, 26 AmeriCorps crew leaders, two swampers, two cooks and five head staff members. 30 percent of the Summer Youth Corps youth crew members and crew leaders are deaf and hard-of-hearing. Summer Youth Corps travels to various locations across Minnesota, Iowa and North Dakota to manage natural resources and learn about ecology, Minnesota’s history and American Sign Language. Summer Youth Corps youth crew members come from diverse geographic locations, and this diversity of the program is what makes the summer unforgettable. Crew members also walk away with one of the greatest experiences of their lives. Read More

Where Are They Now? Thomas Hark

Thomas Hark’s Corps experience stretches back to the federal Youth Conservation Corps, where he served as a crew leader in 1979 in Young… Read More

Summer Youth Corps featured in River Management Society Journal

The River Management Society of Takoma Park, Maryland published Summer Youth Coordinator Nina Eagen’s article discussing the work of Conservation Corps Minnesota and… Read More