Washakie Center #22
Laramie, WY 82071
While working for the WCC I formed lasting friendships and spent the summer traveling between some of the most beautiful places in the country; all while having the opportunity to contribute to the higher cause of environmental education.
WCC offers something that you can only find when you subtract showers, bed, clean clothes, and personal space. Then add eight unclean people in one vehicle, physical labor, and tents.
Group dynamics are always an interesting and unpredictable element to any job; however, working as and with a team is a viable skill for any position. WCC gave me the foundations and know-how of team building whilst introducing cherished friends.
There's something to be said for hard, physical labor, and there's even more to be said for the beauty of Wyoming. Put these together and you have WCC, an excellent and rewarding way to spend the summer.
Sleep under the stars, wake up with the sun, and work up a sweat in picturesque landscape. This is a typical day working for the Wyoming Conservation Corps.
WCC introduced me to a passion for environmental issues I didn't know I had. Having projects based around resource issues and land mitigation gave these problems a real and personal effect. It's one thing to see it on the news, it's another to live and work it, even if it's just for 10 days at a time.
Networking has become one of the most valued assets of success. Through WCC, I was able to work with various different state and federal agencies, as well as energy companies opening the door to several future opportunities.
I was really pleased to visit with the students as they did their work at the M-L Ranch, restoring parts of the ranch site to its original condition.
The M-L Ranch is just across the river from the community where my dad was raised. My dad was an avid outdoorsman who raised me to leave an area better than we found it. I love that Wyoming students are learning to restore and protect special places in Wyoming. It is my desire that they learn to love the land as they get their education and be able to help Wyoming develop resources in a responsible way. ~Elaine Harvey
On behalf of Harry Brubaker (the project coordinator),the Casper Nordic Club and the Casper Biathlon Club I can't say enough good things about the WCC its staff and crews. From the beginning the WCC and its staff have been a pleasure to deal with. They have been very professional and enthusiastic about helping us with our trail project. The crews have been fantastic.
The work they completed was truly impressive. What 3 work parties from WCC accomplished this summer would have taken us the next 5+ years to complete with local volunteers. I had the pleasure of meeting each one of the crew leaders and their team. I was impressed by how courteous these young people are and how committed they were to our project. They also seemed to really enjoy the work and accomplishment of building our trail system. I look forward to a continued relationship with the WCC to help us complete these trails on Casper Mountain and to help with other projects in our community.
A hearty thanks from Harry Brubaker and myself to all involved!!! ~ Keith Tyler