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Updates & Stories

The real deal in volunteering: Kurt Neuburger

Kurt Neuburger, 100 series senior designer/technologist at Andersen Corporation, has been volunteering with Conservation Corps Minnesota for four years. Below Kurt explains why he keeps coming back year after year. Read More

Beyond Buckthorn: A discussion with garden curator Susan Wilkin

Back when the snow piled at least two-feet high and winter refused to give way to spring, our Youth Outdoors Crew (YO5) was assigned a vast buckthorn removal project at Theodore Wirth Park. We spent a few days working alongside Susan Wilkins, Curator of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, whose enthusiasm for the landscape was contagious. I was curious to learn more about the natural history of the area, so I arranged a meeting with Susan. Read More

Eco Rangers as told by David Rittenhouse

Interviewee: David Rittenhouse (Pictured in top right photo)AmeriCorps Youth Crew Leader Youth Outdoors/Eco Rangers Read More

Shovel Point Trail Work Nearing Completion

Since 2011, Conservation Corps field crews have been working to improve accessibility to one of the North Shore’s most popular sites,… Read More

Save The Date: 80th Birthday Celebration September 14

With memories of the Minnesota State Fair still fresh in your mind, head back to the fairgrounds on September 14 from… Read More

Little Fork Blood Drive

“So you guys are here for the Little Fork blood drive.” Andrew, our project host, said as he led us back to his office to go over river maps with us. “The bugs are really bad at this time of year, and the Little Fork is about as remote as anything.”  Read More

Snakes and Buckthorn in Southeastern Minnesota

Lately my crew has been given the task of pulling garlic mustard. Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is from the mustard family (Brassicaceae) which is related to cabbage, horseradish, broccoli, ect. You can tell it is the right plant because when you rub its leaves between your fingers it smells like garlic. Garlic Mustard is an invasive species that is detrimental to the species richness of the area because it out competes all of the native plants. Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have made great strides in removing garlic mustard by manually pulling in the spring and spraying them in the fall. They are easy to spot in the fall because they stay green after most things turn brown. Read More

Summer experience sure to be unforgettable

This year, 150 youth will participate in one of two Summer Youth Corps sessions, along with 26 AmeriCorps crew leaders, two swampers, two cooks and five head staff members.  Read More

Crew deploys to Oklahoma for disaster relief

Crew members from Iowa deployed to Oklahoma for disaster relief.Wednesday morning, June 12, 13 crew members from Iowa, led by Mark… Read More