Conservation Corps NC

Conservation Corps North Carolina empowers young adults to enhance North Carolina’s land and water through meaningful outdoor work.

In order to meet local communities' needs through conservation service, Conservation Corps North Carolina (formerly North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps) hires young people to expand, maintain or even restore access to conserved lands, so that more North Carolina families can connect with the outdoors.

Conservation Corps North Carolina (CCNC) is managed through a partnership of Conservation Trust for North Carolina and Conservation Legacy, a national organization dedicated to supporting locally-based conservation service programs across the country. CCNC provides hundreds of hours of service to community partners through trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, hazard fuel reduction, and ecological restoration. For many participants, this is a life-transforming experience.

CCNC organizes crews of 8 to 10 young people, ages 16-27, who work under the close supervision of two highly-trained adult leaders. Both residential crews - individuals camp in remote locations for the duration of their term - and community crews - where youth work in their local community while living at home - are available. The crews work 8 hours a day, 5 days a week to complete necessary trail building and maintenance, facility improvement, and habitat restoration work. We also offer training and certification in chainsaw work and prescribed burning assistance.

Program Goals:

Empower youth and young adults to serve their community through conservation work

Support trail construction and ecological health of North Carolina's public lands

Improve and expand access to protected natural areas

We have placed over 400 youth and young adults with federal, state, and local partners as well as land trusts and private groups. Crews are now deployed in North Carolina’s State Parks system, Mecklenburg County parks and nature preserves, Durham land trust properties.

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