21CSC Act Passes in United States House Committee on Natural Resources with Unanimous Bipartisan Support

The bill, which now moves to the full House of Representatives for consideration, would make it easier for Corps to partner with federal agencies and engage more young adults and veterans in addressing backlogged maintenance and other critical projects on America’s public lands and waters.

Corps and 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Initiative Touted as Strategy for Engaging Next Generation of Park Visitors During Senate Hearing by Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks


On the invitation of Ranking Member Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), John Leong – CEO of Kupu, which operates Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps – testified on benefits of Corps for participants and public lands, and how the Corps model helps create the next generation of outdoor stewards, recreationists, and entrepreneurs

Veterans Corps Discussed at Capitol Hill Briefing Hosted by House Outdoor Recreation Caucus and Outdoor Industry Association on Veterans and the Outdoors

Amy Sovocool, Co-CEO of Conservation Legacy, joined panelists from several outdoor and veteran-related organizations to discuss model and benefits of Veterans Conservation Corps programs.

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Sen. Lamar Alexander visit Conservation Corps Crew serving in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

On 101st birthday of the National Park Service, Secretary Zinke and Sen. Alexander visit AmeriCorps members with American Conservation Experience (ACE)

The Corps Network Applauds Bipartisan Introduction of New 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) Act in United States House and Senate

A merger of the previously-introduced Public Lands Service Corps Act and 21CSC Act, the bill would advance the 21CSC’s goal of engaging 100,000 young adults and veterans in Corps through addressing backlogged maintenance and other mission-critical projects on America’s public lands and waters. 

The Corps Network and Montana Conservation Corps Congratulate Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) on his Confirmation as Secretary of the Interior

The Corps Network and Montana Conservation Corps congratulate Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) on being confirmed as Secretary of the Interior through a 68-31 vote in the United States Senate on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

The Partnership for the 21CSC Announces 21CSC Champions of the Year for 2017

Award recognizes leaders within agencies and organizations with which 21CSC organizations partner


The Corps Network Applauds Congressional Passage of National Park Service Centennial Act, Looks Forward to Legislation Being Signed into Law

Bill contains provisions that would allow Corps to engage more veterans and help Corps alumni translate service experience into careers with federal resource management agencies


The Corps Network Applauds Recent Passage of the National Park Service Centennial Act in U.S. House of Representatives

Bill contains provisions that would amend Public Lands Corps Act to benefit Corps and Corpsmembers


Three Reasons Why We’re Especially Excited about OAK Week 2016

Katheryne Lewis, one of The Corps Network's 2016 Corpsmembers of the Year, speaking at a White House Council on Environmental Quality event during OAK Week 2016.

Every year, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) – a national partnership of organizations working to connect youth and families with nature – convenes in Washington, DC for “OAK Week.” This is a time to advocate for policies that promote public lands stewardship and improved access to nature, as well as a time to celebrate successes in promoting outdoor recreation.

As a proud member of the OAK Steering Committee, The Corps Network looks forward to this annual opportunity to meet with like-minded organizations and push for our shared vision of a world in which all young people have meaningful relationships with nature. However, this year’s OAK Week is particularly exciting for a number of reasons.

First, we are excited about the presentation of the first OAK Awards on Tuesday, November 15th. Among the honorees are the National Park Foundation, REI and The North Face, all of which have been strong supporters of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) – a public-private initiative to engage 100,000 youth and recent veterans in public lands service and stewardship.

Second, we look forward to participating in the OAK lobby day on Wednesday, November, 16th. Among other causes, we will join our partners in advocating for the 21CSC and public lands appropriations that are so important to making sure our parks and forests are open to everyone.

Finally, The Corps Network is honored to participate in an OAK Week event at the White House on Thursday, November 17th. Katheryne Lewis, one of The Corps Network’s 2016 Corpsmembers of the Year, will speak at this event about her experience serving in the 21CSC through Montana Conservation Corps and Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. Katheryne is an extraordinary young woman who won our Corpsmember of the Year award, in part, for her outspoken leadership on the need to engage more women and minorities in nature. We are proud to have her speak on the importance of outdoor access for all.

The mission of OAK – to connect children, youth and families with the outdoors – is close to the heart of The Corps Network’s mission to promote Corps as a tool to support youth development and protect public lands. We are proud of our role on the OAK steering committee and look forward to this week’s events.