Forest Conservation for Teens

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

​This summer and fall RYO invites young people aged 14-16 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. 

  • 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

  • 1-3PM; 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. 

  • 3-4PM; 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! 

Dates include:

  • Weeklong Program: July 12-16, Albert Family Community Forest, East Nassau, NY - FULL

  • Weekend Program: August 7-8, Poestenkill Community Forest, Averill Park, NY

  • Weekend Program: September 25-26, Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center, Cropseyville, NY

On your application, please indicate which date(s) you are interested in.

Click below to submit your application or call us at 518-712-9667.

We are happy to accept applications and answer questions over the phone!