Conservation Corps Minnesota’s afterschool program, Youth Outdoors, connects Twin Cities teens to the natural environment through hands-on conservation and neighborhood beautification projects. It empowers young people to become active, engaged citizens and leaders.
The program is currently open to Saint Paul, Ramsey County and Minneapolis high school students, ages 15 to 18, from households at or below 80 percent of the city’s median income. During the school year, youth meet at recreation centers. In Saint Paul youth meet at one of the following based on where they live and go to school, and where positions are open: El Rio Vista, Hazel, Phalen, West Minnehaha. Minneapolis youth meet at either North Commons or Powderhorn recreation center in Minneapolis. Ramsey County youth meet at two recreation or community centers in Ramsey County. 75% of projects focus on natural resources and 25% on community service. Weekly activities include science and environmental education and conservation projects.
Youth gain job and career-planning skills and learn about natural resource management, ecology, science, technology, environmental conservation and Minnesota natural and cultural history. They also learn to plan and execute community service projects and lead volunteers. Those interested in a natural resources career may join the Bridges Crew, which builds on previous experience through in-depth experiences and advanced training. Youth earn $9.50/hour (12 hours per week), receive a snack on shorter work days and lunch on Saturdays and gain valuable life skills.
To join the Corps, you must be willing to work hard, outdoors, on diverse teams, and to engage in education and new activities.
2017 Program Dates & Schedules
Spring program: March 21 - May 30
Fall program: September 8 - November 15
Applications are currently closed but will open again in the Spring.
For more information, contact the program manager:
Youth Outdoors is made possible by:
- Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund
- McNeely Foundation
- Xcel Energy Foundation
- David B. Gold Foundation
- SmartWool Advocacy Fund
- City of Saint Paul Youth Job Corps
- City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation
- Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
- Ramsey County