Conservation Youth Corps

The Conservation Youth Corps program has been adapted to include virtual opportunities in 2021.

Take action and earn high school volunteer hours at home and in your community!

AT-HOME MODULES

This 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).

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

Three virtual sessions are being offered in 2021:

1: Spring 2021: May 3 to 21

Registration is now closed — thanks to all who applied!

2: Summer 2021: July 6 to 25

Registration is now closed — thanks to all who applied!

3: Fall 2021: September 14 to October 4

Registration is now closed — thanks to all who applied!

UPCOMING YOUTH VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Sep
18
Sat
Medicine Wheel Garden Celebration with the Four Colours Drum Circle @ Heart Lake Medicine Wheel Garden
Sep 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Medicine Wheel Garden Celebration with the Four Colours Drum Circle @ Heart Lake Medicine Wheel Garden

The TRCA is holding a celebration event with the Four Colours Drum circle to recognize all of the hard work the TRCA youth groups have contributed this past summer.

The Conservation Youth Corps, Girls Can Too and Ravine Youth will all be taking part to help celebrate the continued success of the Medicine Wheel Garden with Steve Winterhawk and Cidalia Costa.

This event is a private event. Registration is unavailable.

Sep
25
Sat
Durham Conservation Youth Corps – Tree Planting @ TRCA Brock Lands (Pickering Museum Parking Lot)
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Durham Conservation Youth Corps - Tree Planting @ TRCA Brock Lands (Pickering Museum Parking Lot)

Would you like to plant native trees and help restore the Pickering Brock Lands? Students will also receive volunteer hours by helping the environment.

Meet at the Pickering Museum Parking lot. Registration is required for this event, walk-ins will not be accepted.

What to wear: Long pants, closed-toed shoes, tall socks, face mask, hat and sunscreen.

What to bring: Rain protection, bug spray, reusable water bottle and snacks. Gardening gloves and water refill will be available on site.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no washroom available on site.

Cancellation policy: The event will run rain or shine, but will be cancelled if there is a greater than 70% chance of thunderstorm or other hazardous weather. Registrants will be emailed by 8:00am on the morning of the event if there is a cancellation.

TRCA is committed to creating an accessible experience for all participants. If you require an accommodation, please email mary.gawen@trca.ca at least 7 days prior to the event.

This event is part of the Conservation Youth Corps and funded by through the support of EcoAction.

Sep
26
Sun
Toronto Conservation Youth Corps – Community Cleanup at the Meadoway @ The Meadoway (Gatineau Hydro Corridor)
Sep 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Toronto Conservation Youth Corps - Community Cleanup at the Meadoway @ The Meadoway (Gatineau Hydro Corridor)

Get outside and volunteer with TRCA! Learn all about one of the most exciting greenspace revitalization projects in Canada and how you can get involved in restoring meadow habitat! Students in attendance can receive volunteer hours for participation. Volunteer letters will be emailed following the event.

Location: The Meadoway (Gatineau Hydro Corridor), Toronto. North of 916 Markham Rd, Toronto, ON, M1H 2Y3. Look for the white event tent.

Participants will start with a hike along the hydrocorridor, where we’ll learn why The Meadoway matters and how it will enhance the landscape for people, plants, and animals. Afterwards, together we’ll participate in an action project – a community clean up!

Registration is required for this event, and walk-ins will not be accepted. Registration includes sharing your contact information for contact tracing purposes, signing a waiver and completing a self-assessment for COVID-19. Each individual must fill out a waiver separately (including those under the age of 18).

Cancellation policy: The event will run rain or shine, but will be cancelled if there is a greater than 70% chance of thunderstorm or other hazardous weather. Registrants will be emailed by 7:00am on the morning of the event if there is a cancellation.

  • Please arrive on time and prepared for outdoor work.
  • Wear closed-toed shoes, face mask, hat and sunscreen.
  • Bring rain protection, sun protection, reusable water bottle and snacks. Gardening gloves and equipment will be available.
  • Please note that washrooms are NOT available on site.

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is committed to creating an accessible experience for all participants. If you require an accommodation, please email tisha.tan@trca.ca at least 7 days prior to the event.

Sep
28
Tue
Durham Conservation Youth Corps – Amberlea Park @ Amberlea Park
Sep 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Durham Conservation Youth Corps - Amberlea Park @ Amberlea Park

Would you like to help plant a native garden and learn about the pollinators that might use it?

Participants will take part in planting a pollinator gardens at Amberlea Park in Pickering. Meet at the park entrance off Braeburn Crescent.

Registration is required for this event, walk-ins will not be accepted.

What to wear: Long pants, closed-toed shoes, tall socks, face mask, hat and sunscreen.

What to bring: Rain protection, bug spray, reusable water bottle and snacks. Gardening gloves and water refill will be available on site.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no washroom available on site.

Cancellation policy: The event will run rain or shine, but will be cancelled if there is a greater than 70% chance of thunderstorm or other hazardous weather. Registrants will be emailed by 8:00am on the morning of the event if there is a cancellation.

TRCA is committed to creating an accessible experience for all participants. If you require an accommodation, please email mary.gawen@trca.ca at least 7 days prior to the event.

This event is part of the Conservation Youth Corps and funded by through the support of the City of Pickering and Canada Bread.

students wear masks and practice social distancing while taking part in Conservation Youth Corps outdoor volunteer event

 

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY:

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

 

QUESTIONS?

Please contact conservationyouthcorps@trca.ca.