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 winter 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.
  • 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.
  • Must be able to attend orientation and training sessions.
  • Able to volunteer a minimum of 70 hrs a year.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently, have a positive attitude and engage in a team environment.

Cora Conservation Corps Training

Winter orientation and training will take place over two weekends in May or June. Attendance to all is required.

Spring 2019 Training Dates (both training days are required, if you can’t come to both dates we can work with you to set up another time)


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. Once your application is submitted you will be contacted to set up an interview.

Application deadline for Winter Admissions: April 28th

Anyone submitting an application after the deadline will be deferred to our Summer Admissions process which will begin in February.