Conservation Youth Corps

NEW! The Conservation Youth Corps program has been adapted to include virtual opportunities this summer and fall.

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

High school youth will have two opportunities to earn volunteer hours:

  1. At-home modules (available August 3, 2020)
  2. In-person events (available in August and September, 2020)


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

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

At-home Projects:

Complete e-learning modules and action projects in your backyard and neighbourhood. Five modules will be available, with the opportunity to earn up to 10 volunteer hours.

Topics will include:

  • Introduction to outdoor health and safety, climate change, and community stewardship
  • Microplastics
  • Invasive plant species
  • Pollinators
  • Habitat creation

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

In-person Events (optional):

Participate in outdoor volunteer activities in the community. Events will be approximately three hours in length, and will take place in greenspaces across Peel, York, and Durham regions.

Youth will sign up for individual opportunities; a maximum of nine youth per event will be maintained.

To participate in in-person events, youth must complete the “Introduction” e-learning module.

Topics will include:

  • Introduction to outdoor health and safety
  • Monitoring and maintaining newly planted trees
  • Removing invasive plants
  • Collecting data on local plants and animals (citizen science)
  • Creating wildlife habitat

male high school student collects data on local insect species as part of Conservation Youth Corps citizen science project



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TRCA is currently accepting applications for future programs. Pending guidelines from Federal and Provincial Government and Municipal Health Authorities as it relates to the COVID-19 situation, we look forward to offering safe and fun experiences soon.  We will update all applicants as additional information becomes available.


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