The Conservation Corps traces its roots to the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps, which provided natural-resource jobs to unemployed young men so they could support their families during the Great Depression.
Later, in the 1970s, the federal government launched the summer Youth Conservation Corps and the year-round Young Adult Conservation Corps, continuing the employment of young people in productive conservation work.
When federal support for conservation corps ended in 1981, the Minnesota Conservation Corps was created by the Minnesota Legislature to offer youth and young adult programs through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
In 1999, the Friends of the Minnesota Conservation Corps was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by community supporters and program alumni, and the nonprofit assumed operations of the Minnesota Conservation Corps in 2003.
In January 2010, the Minnesota Conservation Corps (MCC) changed its name and logo to Conservation Corps Minnesota, to be consistent with the brand we established in 2009 when we launched Conservation Corps Iowa. Our new district office in Ames offers service-learning opportunities to young adults in central Iowa.
While our presence continues to grow in surrounding states such as Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, our mission remains the same. We continue our proud legacy of restoring resources and changing lives.