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Wyoming Conservation Corps

The Wyoming Conservation Corps’ mission is to promote individual development, stewardship, and education through localized national service. The WCC continues this legacy by carrying out the highest caliber of service for Wyoming’s public lands through AmeriCorps.

Founded in 2006, the Wyoming Conservation Corps (WCC) builds on the long legacy created by the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and the Youth Corps of the 1970s. The WCC continues this legacy by carrying out the highest caliber of service for Wyoming’s public lands. Participation in the WCC program provides members with an opportunity to learn firsthand the complexity involved with current natural resource management decisions in Wyoming.

How We Work

WCC functions through partnerships with several entities in Wyoming. The program is housed within the University of Wyoming. This means WCC can offer academic credit to crew leaders and members during their training. Furthermore, WCC also provides financial support for higher education at Wyoming’s community colleges and UW.

In addition, WCC collaborates with agencies and industry companies working on public lands in Wyoming. Through this partnership, WCC provides low-cost conservation crews who accomplish tens of thousands of hours of labor each summer. In return, WCC participants get one-on-one interactions with environmental and natural resources professionals working on the ground.

These partnerships support WCC in its efforts to advance understanding of complex environmental challenges, inspire young adults to become stewards of our natural resources, benefit Wyoming public lands and provide collaborative service-learning opportunities.

Where We Work

Nearly 50% of Wyoming is public land. From the high desert to the prairie grasslands, to the mountain alpine, to the temperate forests; the Wyoming Conservation Corps works on projects ranging from habitat restoration and biological surveys to trail construction and fencing of all kinds.

For more information on the Wyoming Conservation Corps email wcc@uwyo.edu.


The Wyoming Conservation Corps’ mission is to promote individual development, stewardship, and education through localized national service.

The WCC is a non-profit dedicated to empowering youth in conservation around Wyoming. What sets the Wyoming Conservation Corps (WCC) apart from nearly all the other conservation corps is that we provide formal university-level courses as part of the crew leader’s and member’s training. In the spring, crew leaders participate in upper-level undergraduate course 4950-Leadership in Natural Resource Management while our members in the summer partake in 3700-Conservation Leadership offered by the University of Wyoming as well as wilderness medical classes and a robust month of field training. The WCC takes our education component seriously and it is, in part, why our members and leaders go on to manage Wyoming and as well as other states’ natural resources. We believe that having a fully educated team working in the field makes for better work, morale, and further interest in the projects.

 

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