Conservation Youth Corps

CONSERVATION YOUTH CORPS:
Climate Action Leadership Retreat

Friday September 30 to Sunday October 2, 2022
Albion Hills Field Centre, Caledon


Calling all high school climate activists!

The impacts of climate change are here and will continue to intensify for future generations. There have been incredible youth mobilization efforts over the past few years that continue to encourage meaningful dialogue and action.

Join us this fall for an exciting new opportunity – the Conservation Youth Corps: Climate Action Leadership Retreat.

young people participate in climate protest

During this weekend-long retreat, engage in climate change education and develop leadership skills with like-minded local youth, so we can tackle the climate crisis together!

During your stay at Albion Hills Field Centre, gain support from Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), representatives from local municipalities, community climate leaders, and other guest speakers to plan your own climate change action in your communities.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this retreat, participants will:

  • Have an understanding of the climate crisis and local plans and priorities to address it
  • Connect with a network of peers engaged in action on climate change
  • Strengthen their leadership and collaboration skills

Eligibility Requirments:

  • At least 14 years of age
  • Currently enrolled in high school and returning in September 2022
  • Able to commit to the full weekend program (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon)
  • Interested in the outdoors, environmental conservation and climate change
  • Comfortable working in a team environment

TRCA is committed to creating an accessible experience for all participants. If you require an accessibility accommodation, please email Jennifer.Ouimette@trca.ca at least seven days prior to the event.

This opportunity is fully funded and available at no cost for participants. Spaces are limited and participants will be selected through an application process. Complete and submit the application form here.

Transportation to the site may be available upon request. Please email Jennifer.Ouimette@trca.ca to discuss transportation options.

Take action with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s (TRCA) Conservation Youth Corps and earn high school volunteer hours at home and in your community!

The Conservation Youth Corps (CYC) program has been adapted to include virtual opportunities as well as in-person activities.

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY:

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

SUBSCRIBE FOR CYC UPDATES

2022 Virtual CYC Program

SUMMER VIRTUAL PROGRAM: August 2-29, 2022

  • Orientation #1: Tuesday August 2, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Orientation #2: Thursday August 4, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Orientation #3: Saturday August 6, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Registration closes at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday July 28, 2022.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE SUMMER PROGRAM

female high school student works on laptop while sitting on grass in park

CYC At-home Modules

The CYC virtual program consists of a live orientation session and five self-paced modules. The orientation session is a one-hour mandatory session that will be offered three times during week one of the program.

The five self-paced modules all include a pre-recorded video, a knowledge testing quiz, and an action project that can be completed in your yard or local neighbourhood.

Through this three-week program, you will have the opportunity to earn up to 11 high school volunteer hours (one hour for the orientation session and two hours for each module).


CYC Volunteer Opportunities

UPCOMING EVENTS:


CYC In-Person Programs in Peel

The Conservation Youth Corps program offers Peel Region high school students the opportunity to volunteer for a week in July or August assisting with conservation projects.

Volunteers work in crews with other high school students on outdoor tasks and can earn up to 35 community service hours by participating in the program.

Summer 2022 Program Summary:

CYC students with shovels

Eligibility:

  • At least 14 years of age
  • Currently enrolled in High School and returning in September 2022
  • Able to commit to volunteering for one full week (Monday to Friday) during July or August
  • Interested in the outdoors and environmental conservation
  • Comfortable working in a team environment
  • Punctual and reliable

Expectations of Participants:

  • Arrive on time at a designated pick-up location each day
  • Participate in an orientation and training session
  • Comply with all health and safety instructions provided and maintain a safety focus during all tasks
  • Daily work activities including removing invasive species, monitoring planting sites and maintaining trails
  • Use hand tools and equipment safely, including shovels, rakes, and wheelbarrows
  • Other tasks as assigned

PLEASE NOTE: Volunteers less than 18 years of age require parental or guardian consent to participate in this program.

Transportation:

Bus pickups are back in 2022!

Each program week has three pickup location options to choose from. The health and safety of participants and staff is our top priority! Physical distancing measures and limited group sizes will be maintained on the bus (maximum one participant per seat).

Alternatively, participants can be dropped off directly at the program sites by a parent or guardian OR take public transit if they are 14+.

PLEASE NOTE: Transportation availability will be dependent on public health guidelines. Advance notice will be given if adjustments need to be made to comply with the latest guidelines.

Programs:

NATURE CONNECTIONS: July 18-22, 2022
Locations: Claireville Conservation Area and Heart Lake Conservation Park

Everything in nature is connected! The interaction of plants, animals, water systems, and even humans can tell us a lot about the health and resilience of the ecosystems around us.

Join us this week as we learn all about the ways that native plants can benefit pollinators and their habitats with the installation of a new garden at Claireville Conservation Area.

We’ll also have an opportunity to explore connections to nature while designing and updating an outdoor classroom space for the Nature School at Claireville!

Bus pickup locations:

  • Bramalea Secondary School (510 Balmoral Dr, Brampton)
  • Sandalwood Heights Secondary School (2671 Sandalwood Pkwy E, Brampton)

REGISTER NOW

students participate in Conservation Youth Corps program

SUPPORTING THE HUMBER: August 8-12, 2022
Locations: Albion Hills Conservation Park and Bolton Resource Management Tract

With headwaters starting just north of Peel Region and extending all the way down to Lake Ontario, the Humber River watershed is one of the largest in the Greater Toronto Area.

This watershed is not only home to over 980 species — it’s also home to productive farmlands, industry, urban developments, conservation lands and has a rich history of human use and settlement.

Join us as we explore the northern part of the Humber River watershed and learn ways that we can help keep our whole watershed healthy with sustainable agriculture, invasive species management and habitat monitoring and restoration.

Bus pickup locations:

  • Humberview Secondary School (135 Kingsview Dr, Bolton)
  • Mayfield Secondary School (5000 Mayfield Rd, Caledon)

REGISTER NOW

male high school student pruning weeds as part of Conservation Youth Corps at-home project

NATURE IN THE CITY: August 22-26, 2022
Locations: Heart Lake Conservation Park, Paul Coffey Park, McVean Farm, and Claireville Conservation Area

Nature may seem distant from our urban centres, but it plays an important role in our city-dwelling communities! It can help us tackle environmental challenges like habitat loss, stormwater management, biodiversity, pollution reduction, and climate resiliency.

Join us as we work to manage and protect these valuable greenspaces in our communities through activities such as invasive species removal, ecological monitoring, and litter clean-ups.

Bus pickup locations:

  • Balmoral Drive Senior Public School (233 Balmoral Dr, Brampton)
  • Lincoln M. Alexander Secondary School (3545 Morning Star Dr, Mississauga)

REGISTER NOW

Conservation Youth Corps students from Region of Peel take part in planting event


Questions?

Please contact conservationyouthcorps@trca.ca.