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Conservation Legacy

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Fostering conservation service in support of communities + ecosystems

Conservation Legacy is the third largest non-profit conservation corps program in the country and is now in its 20th year of engaging individuals to complete important conservation projects throughout the nation by providing structured, safe and challenging work and educational opportunities.

Last year, our dedicated staff and participants surpassed the 1,000,000 service hour mark. We placed 1,679 people in positions serving their communities and the environment across the United States, in 48 states and territories in total. Our programs continue to evolve and grow to meet the need of local communities, partners and individuals.

Our Focus


Fostering conservation service in support of communities & ecosystems.

Conservation Legacy is a purposeful and strategic organization that operates a national cadre of corps and service programs that:

Engage Young Americans in Service. Conservation Legacy provides service, training, education and employment opportunities for community members, including low income and disadvantaged youth and veterans. Each of its programs targets a diversity of participants, reflective of their community, to engage as participants.

Conserve, protect, and promote each community’s greatest gifts. Conservation Legacy maintains, restores and enhances public and tribal lands and waters as well as natural, cultural, and historical resources and treasures that meet locally identified needs.

Build America’s future. Conservation Legacy helps develop a generation of skilled workers, educated and active citizens, future leaders, and stewards of natural and cultural resources and communities.

Conservation Legacy is distinctly different from the other national conservation corps organizations in the following ways:

  • Program Operations. Conservation Legacy focuses on directly operating programs rather than playing ‘association’ type roles.
  • Limited Advocacy. While Conservation Legacy engages in some advocacy activities and supports national corps efforts, Conservation Legacy is primarily focused on operating conservation service programs.
  • Local Approach. Conservation Legacy does not plan to operate in all 50 states, but instead in local areas where it establishes offices, engages local participants, coordinates a local advisory committee, and responds to local needs. Rather than focus on a national identity, each Conservation Legacy program has local branding reflective of the programming and needs of the local community.

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Our Values


Adversity is best faced through hard work and collaboration. Challenge is opportunity for growth.


We walk our talk; as an organization and as individuals we commit to standing by our mission with action and intent.


Our programs foster responsibility and leadership for environment and community.


We represent diversity, inclusiveness and other-centeredness joined in a shared vision and commitment to action.


The tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps inspires us to provide impactful experiences for our members, staff, partners and communities.

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