Conservation Youth Corps

Get outdoors and earn high school volunteer hours!

Learn how to safely use equipment and participate in environmental conservation. Example work tasks can include:

  • Monitoring and maintaining newly planted trees
  • Removing invasive plants
  • Building and maintaining trails
  • Monitoring bird boxes

A group of CYC students

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Participants must be 14 years of age or older 
  • Participants must be returning to a high school the following school year

PROGRAM OPTIONS:

  • Evening and weekend events in the spring, summer and fall
  • Full day events in the summer
  • A week long program in the summer (offered in Peel only)

Check out the event calendar below for upcoming program opportunities.

More Information on the Week-Long Program (offered in Peel only):

Earn up to 35 hours to graduate! You will be part of a crew of students with your own crew leader. You will get picked up at a designated location in the morning and dropped off in the afternoon at the spot, Monday through Friday. 

It’s a great week! Monday will be an orientation and team-building day; Tuesday to Friday will be work days. You will be working in Conservation Parks and public lands in your community. 

It won’t be all work. Volunteers will enjoy opportunities for fun and exploration too! For more information, please contact cyc@trca.on.ca.

Summer program dates and bus locations for 2019

Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19

  • Bus locations
    • Central Peel Secondary School
    • Harold M Brathwaite Secondary School

Monday, July 29 – Friday, August 2

  • Bus locations
    • Mayfield Secondary School
    • Castlebrooke Secondary School

Monday, August 12 – Friday, August 16

  • Bus locations
    • North Park Secondary School
    • Louise Arbour Secondary School

Monday, August 19 – Friday, August 23

  • Bus locations
    • Heart Lake Secondary School
    • Bramalea Secondary School

Registration for the week long program is now open!

Check out the event calendar below to register for a week.

Upcoming Youth Volunteer Opportunities

May 29 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm Humber Gateway trailhead
Calling all youth ages 14-17! Help pick-up litter and plant native wildflowers at the Humber Gateway trailhead. Age Range: Youth ages 14-17 (registration required below). Students can receive volunteer hours for participation (must bring tracking...
Jul 9 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Alex Robertson Park
Get outdoors and earn high school volunteer hours! Learn how to safely use equipment and participate in environmental conservation. Eligibility: At least 14 years of age; Currently enrolled in High School and returning in September...
Jul 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Newberry Park
Get outside and help maintain newly planted trees! Together we’ll pull invasive plants and add mulch to help these young trees grow into a forest. Age Range: Family friendly. Ages 17 and under must be...
Jul 10 @ 9:00 am – 2:30 pm Phyllis Rawlinson Park
Get outside and help maintain newly planted trees! Together we’ll pull invasive plants and add mulch to help these young trees grow into a forest. Age Range: Youth entering or returning to secondary school in...
Jul 11 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Tasca Park Trails
Help protect a significant wetland! Together we will cut down and remove the invasive plant Phragmities that competes with native vegetation. Afterwards, we’ll learn about bumble bee diversity by collecting and examining specimen following the...