CTNC, in partnership with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC), launched the spring version of our NC Youth Conservation Corps (NCYCC) in Durham for two weekends this March. Called “CREW” (Conservation Recreation Experience Weekend), this volunteer opportunity brought two groups of 14-19 year-olds out onto the land for two weekends of hard work and leadership training.  CREW members gathered Friday night for dinner and team building exercises, followed by Saturday and Sunday filled with important conservation work.  The CREW weekends were led by experienced VYCC crew leaders, and they were joined by four “alumni” from last year’s NCYCC summer crews. We partnered with the Eno River Association, Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, and Eno River State Park on the weekend projects.

CREW members completed 209 hours of community service on trail construction and maintenance at the Eno River State Park and Beaver Marsh Preserve. This experience reconnects young adults to nature, helps them build leadership and team building skills, and provides community service hours to high school students.

We are still recruiting crew members for paid (minimum wage) 7-week crews this summer throughout North Carolina. The application deadline is May 1, but you increase your chances by applying early. Click here to learn more about the North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps and apply for a fantastic summer job.