Over 40 Youth Conservation and Service Corps to Participate in Nationwide Celebration of Earth Day, Environmental Stewardship, and AmeriCorps

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Over the coming week, over 40 Youth Conservation and Service Corps will host Earth Day events in partnership with AmeriCorps. These events, in conjunction with other Earth Day events implemented nationwide by other AmeriCorps programs, will highlight the importance of environmental stewardship in local communities.

Events will provide opportunities for volunteers to join Corps for a day of service. Some examples of activities that Corps have planned include river clean-ups, cultivation of urban community gardens, spring plant sales, e-waste recycling, tree plantings, and trail maintenance projects (see a complete list of projects and locations below).

AmeriCorps members, and AmeriCorps alums, are working on critical environmental projects nationwide every day, contributing thousands of hours every year on projects that improve our public lands and parks, restore waterways, improve habitat, maintain or construct trails and increase energy efficiency.  Additionally, in the last year, AmeriCorps members have dedicated thousands of hours to environmental restoration and clean-up in areas devastated by natural disasters, most recently working to help mitigate problems caused by Hurricane Sandy and wildfires in the West.

Earth Day Projects and Volunteer Opportunities by State

Arizona

Coconino Rural Environment Corps

For the fifth year in a row, CREC will be organizing and executing the City of Flagstaff's Service project. We will be doing a cleanup for two hours on April 20th. We have been sharing this event on community calendars and social media and anticipate around 100 to 150 members.

Southwest Conservation Corps

SCC - Sonoran Desert will be hosting, in partnership with other local organizations and REI, a day of education and events focused on non-motarized transportation, local food and other sustainable practices (4/20/2013).

American Conservation Experience

ACE will be working on Flagstaff's Service Project with the Coconino Rural Environment Corps (4/20/2013).

California

Los Angeles Conservation Corps

The Los Angeles Conservation Corps has an annual Earth Day even in partnership with the City of Redondo Beach (4/20/2013).

Sequoia Conservation Corps

For Earth Day we have 7 electronic waste collection events planned across Tulare County (4/20/2013).

Civicorps

Civicorps will have a booth at the Oakland Earth Expo to educate the public about our program and the projects our Corpsmembers do to care for the East Bay environment. Civicorps will also participate in the day of service with the East Bay Regional Parks Department (4/10/2013 & 4/13/2013)

Student Conservation Association

Join SCA at the City of Oakland Earth Day for a day of fun projects at Dimond Park Saturday, April 20th.

Conservation Corps North Bay

Our organic farm is having a Spring Plant Sale and offering mini workshops on sustainable gardening practices. Our recycling crew members will be making Marin Earth Day a zero waste event and educating attendees on how waste diversion reduces green house gases (4/20/2013).

California Conservation Corps - Inland Empire

On Friday, April 19th the corpsmembers at Inland Empire will be participating in an Earth Day celebration at Highland Sam J. Racadio Library & Environmental Learning Center. Elementary schools will be visiting the library and the corpsmembers will be going to assist with event set-up/clean-up as well as serve as tour guides for the elementary school visitors.

California Conservation Corps - Camarillo

Camarillo is set up to help with the Santa Barbara Earth Day festival on April 20th & 21st from 11am to 8pm. Approximately 15 Corpsmembers will be assisting with sorting compost.

California Conservation Corps - Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Satellite will volunteer with an organization called "The Compton Initiative - Just Do Good". They are a non-profit organization that partners with other businesses, community residents, and churches to bring restoration and hope to the Compton community. Their commitment includes thousands of acts of service (every 3 months) through neighborhood clean-ups, removal of graffiti, mural painting, painting of schools and homes (4/20/13).

California Conservation Corps - Tahoe

The Tahoe center is currently in the process of working with a Committee for Earth Day in Squaw Valley on April 20th.

California Conservation Corps - San Diego

The San Diego center has a crew of 15 to 25 that will be assisting in set-up, grounds maintenance, and take down of the San Diego Earth day event in beautiful Balboa Park (4/20/13).

California Conservation Corps - Placer

The Placer Center will be working with Auburn State Recreation Area to find opportunities to assist the State Park on Earth Day (4/20/13).

California Conservation Corps - Greenwood

The Greenwood Center will be participating in a two part Earth Day Event. For the first part Corpsmembers will be helping to get ready for the 10th Annual Georgetown Nature Festival by installing fencing, removing invasive species, and helping with trail maintenance. They wil then help implement the event, facilitate activities, help with garbage control and help with teardown (4/6/2013 & 4/27/2013).

California Conservation Corps - Ukiah

Ukiah once again will be working with North Coast Opportunities to cultivate and prepare several gardens in the local area. Corpsmembers will be at schools, community garden plots and possibly Plow Shares, which feeds locals in need. Not all locations have been identified but we the center will be starting prep work soon cumulating the week/ weekend of Earth Day.

California Conservation Corps - Chico

For Earth Day in Chico crews will partner with the city and work with a group called "Friends of Bidwell Park." Corpsmembers earn volunteer time and are encouraged to tell friends and family to stop by and help out. The event is held every Saturday in the month of April in the park for 5 hours. Corpsmembers will be doing anything from litter patrol, park maintenance, or invasive species removal (Every Sat. in April)

California Conservation Corps - Napa

The Napa Satellite is planning to participate in Napa's downtown Earth Day celebration on April 20th, put on by the Environmental Education Coalition of Napa County. Corpsmembers will offer volunteer services in whatever capacities are required.

Urban Corps of San Diego County

Urban Corps AmeriCorps members will be volunteering for the San Diego Earth Fair, providing recycling and litter abatement services (4/20/13).

EOC - Local Conservation Corps - Fresno

Fresno Local Conservation Corps is planning a e-Waste recycling Earth Day/Global Youth Service Day event on April 27th.

California Conservation Corps - Greenwood

The first part will be held on April 6th, 2013. The corpsmembers will be helping two organizations get ready for the 10th Annual Georgetown Nature Festival 2013 by helping put up fencing for safety and security; assisting with the removal of some invasive scotch broom on the Nature Trail; Burning some wood piles on the Nature Trail; and Re-habituating parts of the trail by laying down gravel for erosion control purposes.

Student Conservation Association

Gateway Parcel of North Joshua Tree Wildlife Linkage: Join the SCA Alumni Council, the Mojave Desert Land Trust,and fellow Land Stewards for a fun day of desert restoration!

Student Conservation Association

SCA Oakland + San Mateo County Earth Day: Join SCA at the San Mateo County Earth Day Event for a day of fun projects at San Pedro Valley Park, Saturday, April 20th.

Colorado

Southwest Conservation Corps - FC

SCC- Four Corners will be implementing a service event to engage high school and community volunteers in a river clean up and/or service project at the Old Fort Lewis Farm. Service project will be lead by Crew Leaders from the Veterans Fire Corps program (4/22/13).

Southwest Conservation Corps - LV

The Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust (RiGHT) has been working with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to both honor the lives and service of Doug Shriver and Ray Wright and to provide a wonderful year-round place for the Monte Vista and San Luis Valley community to enjoy the Rio Grande corridor and its wildlife. The Shriver-Wright State Wildlife Area is on the river just to the east of Monte Vista and north of Homelake where a new Watchable Wildlife Trail and memorial site are being constructed. SCC-Los Valles is partnering with RiGHT and CPW to create an accessible trail and educational resource, starting with an experiential, environmental education and work day for Monte Vista eighth graders on Earth Day, Monday, April 22nd.

Connecticut

Student Conservation Association

Earth Day Bike Ride with Team SCA: Rock to Rock is New Haven's biggest Earth Day celebration. Travel from West Rock and East Rock, with celebrations on both sides of the city. Along the way, eat tasty food, hear great music, take on environmental service projects, and explore our city's parks and neighborhoods.

Join team SCA for the day ride and raise some funds for SCA. Even if you can't ride, you can still support SCA in CT by donating to Team SCA!


District of Columbia

Student Conservation Association

SCA's Washington, DC Earth Day Event: Join the Student Conservation Association (SCA), the National Capital Parks-East – National Park Service, for a day of fun projects at Fort Dupont Park.

Illinois

Youth Conservation Corps

Details to come, planning an Earth Day event.

Student Conservation Association

SCA's Chicago's Earth Day Event: Join the Student Conservation Association (SCA), HUD, and the Department of Family Services for a day of fun projects Saturday, April 20.

Kansas

Student Conservation Association

SCA Kansas City's Earthday Event: In honor and celebration of Earth Day, the Student Conservation Association (SCA) has joined forces with the NASCAR Foundation, UPS, Arbor Day Foundation and its partners for a signature service event at Weston Bend State Park, one of the many wonderful state parks within a short drive from Kansas City. We invite you to join us! (4/22/13)

Louisiana

Louisiana Green Corps

We are going to have a neighborhood awareness party where we teach people about weatherization techniques and energy efficiency. It will be an exciting day. We will have children's activities, family giveaways, gardening tips, and barbeque (4/20/13)!

Maine

Maine Conservation Corps

Here are the Earth Day Events that are planned at this time: 1) At host site Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, in Salisbury Cove, Maine, two members have events planned for after school the Friday before and the Friday after Earth Day, in honor of Earth Day. They will get local high school students and MDIBL staff, as well as a volunteer family from Old Town, to come and help construct biodegradable grids for eelgrass restoration in the summer. 2) At host site Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells, Maine: Two members will represent the Refuge at a 5k running race (held in N.H.), helping run a booth representing the Refuge, and helping run children's activities. All proceeds from the event are being donated to New England cottontail habitat restoration efforts, which is something the members are active with at the Refuge (4/20/13).

Massachusetts

Student Conservation Association

SCA Boston Party for the Planet, Franklin Park Zoo! Join the Student Conservation Association (SCA), and the community at the Franklin Park Zoo for a day of fun, learning, and environmental action (4/21/13)

Michigan

Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps

MCCC Stewardship Crew will be participating in the St Clair County Earth Fair, an event that draws 5,000 visitors, and conducting education activities about the natural area at Algonac State Park and the work completed AmeriCorps members (4/20/13).

Student Conservation Association

SCA's Detroit Earth Day with the Belle Isle Conservancy: Join the Student Conservation Association (SCA) in supporting the Belle Isle Conservancy for a day of fun projects Saturday, April 20.

Minnesota

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa

Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa and their AmeriCorps members will be conducting a tree planting event in partnership with Three Rivers Park District, Hanover, MN and local volunteers. Members may also be involved in a river and/or park clean up and other activities as the weather may dictate (4/20/13).

New Hampshire

Student Conservation Association

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) will celebrate Earth Day at Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn, NH, with an Earth Day festival on Saturday, April 13, 10:00am - 2:00pm. Live music, drawings, games, prizes, marshmallow roasting, crafts, service opportunities.

New Jersey

Great Oaks Charter School

May potentially partner with the Newark Conservancy for Earth Day event.

Nevada

Nevada Conservation Corps

NCC northern NV AmeriCorps members will be supporting Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful during their eWaste pick up event and 2. NCC southern NV AmeriCorps members will likely collaborate on another group's volunteer event, e.g. supporting an event at Red Rock NCA with the Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council (4/20/13)

New York

The Service Collaborative of Western NY

The SCWNY will be participating in 1.5 miles of shoreline clean-up, 2 park clean-ups and is projected to engage 225 volunteers (4/20/13).

Student Conservation Association

Join SCA, as we work with NYC's Hudson River Park  to transform the Habitat Garden into a beautiful, functional  teaching and congregation space.


Ohio

WSOS

WSOS will clean up an area near downtown that has collected a lot of garbage over the winter (4/20/13).

SCC - ES

The Preble Soil and Water Conservation District and the AmeriCorps members will engage 500 - 6th graders in a tree planting project for Earth Day (4/20/13).

Oregon

Heart of Oregon

Heart of Oregon will be volunteering with the City of Redmond doing community clean up and working in the community garden (4/20/13).

Northwest Youth Corps

On April 27th, Northwest Youth Corps will be participating in a park maintenance project with the Rotary club at the Sheldon McMurphy Johnson House. Approximately 60 volunteers will be participating and the project is planned for half a day with a bbq following.

Pennsylvania

Student Conservation Association

SCA Pittsburgh Earth Day: Join SCA in South Side Park on Earth Day for a day of fun projects Saturday, April 20th.

Student Conservation Association

SCA's Philadelphia Earth Day event! Join the Student Conservation Association (SCA) at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge for a day of fun projects with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Saturday, April 27th.

Texas

Student Conservation Association

Join SCA in the Sheldon Lake State Park Earth Day and help restore Houston's Native Prairie habitat on Saturday, April 20th.

Utah

Utah Conservation Corps

Utah Conservation Corps is sponsoring the Providence Canyon Trail Run on Saturday, April 20 in honor of Earth Day and Utah trails. Members will be organizing and administering the Earth Day Kid's Fun Run, as well as offering support during the adult trail run. This event will serve to raise awareness and appreciation for Utah's public lands access and the work of Utah Conservation Corps.

Washington

EarthCorps

EarthCorps will recruit and engage 750 community volunteers in environmental service around the Puget Sound on Earth Day. Four events will be happening, including: EarthCorps and Nature Consortium's 8th annual Duwamish Alive event at the West Duwamish Greenbelt/Pigeon Point Park; and events in the Cities of Tukwila, Kirkland, and Federal Way. Throughout the entire month of April (which EarthCorps has coined as Earth Month!) 2000 community volunteers will be engaged in meaningful environmental service around the Puget Sound, restoring critical ecosystems (4/20/13).

Student Conservation Association

Join SCA, the University of Washington, and Seattle Parks and Recreation for a day of fun projects at the Washington Park Arboretum on Saturday, April 13.

Washington Conservation Corps

WCC will be hosting a trail project on Saturday and a competition on Sunday for WCC crews who will compete in a relay event (4/20-4/21).

West Virginia

Citizens Conservation Corps West Virginia

CCC- WV will have an Earth Day project with the Appalachian Coal Country Team interns, but plans have not been finalized at this time.

Wisconsin

Student Conservation Association

Urban Ecology Center Earth Day at Washington Park With SCA: Join SCA Milwaukee at the Urban Ecology Center for a day of fun projects on Saturday, April 20.

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If an event was not located near to you, you can see a complete list of Corps by State here.

Additional volunteer opportunities can be found on serve.gov

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