About Youth Corps

In 2017, Polk County Conservation launched a new Youth Corps program. This service-learning opportunity provides a fun and challenging conservation experience for young people. Pairs of crew leaders (ages 19+) lead teams of teenagers (ages 15-18) to complete service projects. Each team might work in woodlands, prairies, and wetlands to help maintain parks. The crew also dedicates time to learning and outdoor recreation. Youth Corps makes it possible to earn money, gain skills, and help Polk County parks and trails.


Our mission is to engage and inspire diverse youth through hands-on environmental stewardship projects, outdoor recreation, and conservation education.


  • Instill foundational workplace skills through service-based learning.
  • Promote individual skill development for personal and professional growth.
  • Complete meaningful conservation projects that benefit our environment and community.

Accomplishments since 2017

  • 21,707 Contact Hours
  • 8,522 Native Seedlings Planted
  • 45 Acres of Invasive Species Management
  • 2.85 Tons of Sand & Gravel Moved
  • 4.55 Tons of Trash Picked Up
2017 - Current Stats
  • 155 Program Participants
  • 32 Schools Represented
  • 34% Minority Participants
  • 162 Projects Completed
  • 52% Male & 48% Female Participants

2018 Highlight Video


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