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Conservation Corps

Photo: Planting emergent plants in the wetlands of the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary

Some of the Metropolitan area's most important community-based restoration projects are happening on St. Paul's East Side. These include the new Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, Trout Brook Corridor, Phalen Lake Restoration, and Swede Hollow Park. In addition to working on these projects, Conservation Corps interns build rain gardens, renovate local parks, create streetscapes, remove invasive species, and maintain a variety of community landscape improvements.

Youth between the ages of 14 and 18 who live or go to school in St. Paul can become Conservation Corps interns. Interns learn basic job skills, make connections to career opportunities related to the environment, and learn the importance of being actively involved within their community. In addition, interns learn skills in habitat restoration, reforestation, stormwater treatment, and environmental stewardship. Throughout the summer Conservation Corps interns also participate in weekly classes and field trips covering a wide range of topics around personal health and the environment. During the school year, interns can continue to be active community members by joining our Community Peer Leadership Program researching and making environmental presentations to community groups and schools.

Want to become a Conservation Corps intern? Call 651.228.7073!

View our Conservation Corps Slide Show!