Forest Conservation for Teens

(also known as the Forest Conservation Corps we ran in 2019)

​This summer and fall RYO invites young people aged 14-15 to get outside on the Rensselaer Plateau. Whether you want to be on the land for a full week, or just a weekend, we want you to apply! 


Inspired by the work of the Youth Conservation Corp this FREE program offers young people a chance to start and finish a project on one of our partner’s sites, practice skills that you can use in the woods and learn from professionals who work in the field of environmental conservation. 


A typical day might look like this:

  • Arrive on site by 8:30AM and we’ll provide breakfast.

  • 9-12PM; get your hands dirty working on one of our many site projects. Examples include: preparing the land for an ADA accessible trail, building a structure to protect a water source, cleaning up a nature area used by the community. 

  • 12-1PM; fuel up with lunch

  • 1-4PM; learn a skill or hear about cool jobs you might be interested in. Examples include; learn how to make a fire without matches or a lighter, identify aquatic species in the nearby stream, hear from a local ecologist about how she got a job that pays her to study plants. 

  • 4-5PM; pack up, clean up and get ready to head home. 


With the help of a grant from the US Forest Service we are able to offer each teen that completes one of these events a financial stipend. That’s right, we want to pay you for your time, energy and participation. Youth are the present and future of this planet, we need you! 

Final dates will be announced mid-May. 

Click below and we’ll let you know when the application is live!