Cora’s Conservation Corps is a high school service based program where teens participate in four major activities; environmental education, forest conservation, citizen science, and volunteerism. Through these activities individuals develop leadership skills, fine tune public speaking skills and get hands-on experience they wouldn’t obtain until college. Interested teens can join the program either in the Fall or the summer and during any part of their high school career. Cora’s Conservation Corps is an open-ended program. As long as the participant is in high school, they can remain in the program for as long as they want.

Program Highlights

  • Engage in year-long ecological field studies on our grounds.
  • Assist and eventually lead various environmental education programs.
  • Opportunity to learn basic animal husbandry techniques.
  • Participate in well-known national citizen science projects.


  • High school student or entering high school in the fall.
  • Complete application process.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently, have a positive attitude and engage in a team environment.


  • Come to monthly meetings: Second Sunday of the Month from 12:30-4pm (September – May)
  • Assist with three Arboretum Events throughout the year
  • Help with two weeks of summer camp (if away for the summer we can make other arrangements)

Application Process

If you are interested in joining the program, please submit a Cora’s Conservation Corps Application along with a one page essay explaining why you want to volunteer and how volunteering with us will help with your future aspirations. Send applications to info@hartshornarboretum.org. Once your application is submitted you will be contacted to set up an interview.

Application deadline for Spring Admissions: May 10, 2020

First Training session is May 24, 2020 (Summer camp training)