On February 7, a team of nine headed south to St. Louis to help communities clean up after record flooding ravaged the state during the last week of December.
On January 27, nearly 100 student and active older adult volunteers gathered at the Burnsville YMCA to rally around the importance of getting young people outdoors.
Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa received accreditation from the Corps Center of Excellence, the national accrediting body for Service and Conservation Corps.
While most field crew terms end in December, a small cadre of corps members stays on for an interim term, right through the coldest part of the winter. This month, a 6- to 8-member crew is working on four projects in Iowa.
In 2015, Conservation Corps engaged 595 young people in work all over Minnesota, Iowa and throughout the Midwest. We are proud of our 2015 accomplishments.
Last Saturday, four corps members returned from a disaster deployment in South Carolina. They worked with FEMA to coordinate volunteer efforts in the wake of torrential storms, which dumped up to two feet of rain in some areas.
Fire, wildlife, hard work, dirt and jaw-dropping scenery ― all subjects of our 2015 photo contest. With 101 submissions from 25 photographers, we all got a glimpse of the awesome work our crews do every day. After a nail-biting public vote on Facebook, we ended up with a Corps photo contest first – a tie for first place!
Executive Director Len Price has been selected to receive the coveted Legacy Achievement Award from the Corps Network, an honor given to two people each year who are national conservation corps leaders and have made significant, lasting contributions to the corps world.
The Conservation Corps Faces of Tomorrow initiative – a collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service to help underrepresented communities gain skills and experience in the natural resources field – has received two national awards that recognize its positive impact on individuals and the local community.
St. Kate’s alumni who work at 3M spent a recent lunch hour improving Minnesota’s landscape, without taking a step outside.
Conservation Corps crews spent a month working at Wood Lake Nature Center this fall to help improve water quality and restore prairie. Three Central District crews removed invasive buckthorn and hazard trees, and planted 75 trees and shrubs.
On a cold but sunny day in November, Conservation Corps and DNR representatives gathered to cut down the perfect tree for the governor’s mansion. Tim Brault of the DNR found the 30-foot, 25-year-old white spruce in the Chengwatana State Forest near Pine City. Mississippi Crew Leader Brianna Foster cut the giant tree and the rest of the team prepped it for delivery.
As keynote speaker at the 2015 Water Conference in Saint Paul, Executive Director Len Price shared his “Reflections on Water,” which included some history of water issues and policy in the metro area.
Employees of the Enterprise fleet management department spent an afternoon working with a Corps crew to clean up an area of Lilydale Regional Park in Saint Paul.
Since 2012, Conservation Corps crews in the Southern District have been able to make substantial improvements to public green space in the Truman and Lewisville area, particularly Perch Lake Park in Martin County.
Corps staff, current crew members and alumni from the '80s, '90s and 2000s gather for a Corps Happy Hour in Rochester.
Employees of the Enterprise fleet management department spent an afternoon working with a Corps crew to clean up an area of Lilydale Regional Park in Saint Paul. Thirteen people joined the YO2 crew of four to haul brush left from an earlier buckthorn removal project.
After 11 years as executive director, Len Price has announced he will retire from Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa at the end of the year. Price has guided the organization since 2005, just two years after it transitioned from the Minnesota DNR to a nonprofit.
Volunteers contribute so much to the conservation of our natural resources. Thanks to 25 folks who showed up on a rainy Friday afternoon to make seed bombs at REI in Roseville, and to four Youth Outdoors crews who worked with volunteers at Hidden Falls Regional Park to celebrate National Public Lands Day, September 26.