Conservation Corps

Our Mission Statement

The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Conservation Corps trains the next generation of environmental stewards to preserve the integrity of trails and natural areas and engage volunteers to inspire a deeper appreciation for the care that open space requires.

What We DoTrail Crew moving rock.

The Trail Conference Conservation Corps trains, enables, and empowers future conservation leaders by teaching sustainable trail building and stewardship techniques. Our Corps crews engage and teach community volunteers on the responsible use and care of open space by addressing the needs of land managers. Our AmeriCorps program is made possible through a partnership with The Corps Network.

Where We Live 

The Conservation Corps offers optional housing at the Welch Trail Education Center both for our Corps Members and the amazing Volunteers that are such an essential part of what we do. Located in Harriman State Park the WTEC offers a beautiful lakeside setting with rustic cabins, a communal commercial-grade kitchen, and hot showers for after a hard day of work!  We offer classes and other workshops here as well that are open to the public including Wilderness and Remote First Aid, CPR and AED as well as many others.

Our Crews

Palisades Trail Crew (Sterling Forest State Park)

Ramapo Trail Crew (Ramapo Valley County Reservation)

Taconic Trail Crew (Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve/Breakneck Ridge area)

Invasives Strike Force - Aquatic (Regional) 

Invasives Strike Force - Terrestrial (Regional) 


2018 Corps Season Highlights

Trails (18 Corps Members)

  • 1.5 miles of trails built, maintained, and restored
  • 591 stone stairs built
  • 238 Sq. Ft. of crib wall
  • 766 linear feet of revegitation
  • 28 Drainage structures
  • 2 puncheon bridges

Invasives Strike Force - Terrestrial (4 Corps Members)

  • 150 Acres Surveyed
  • 183 observations submitted
  • 82 Invasive species found
  • 88 acres of land improved
  • 1,548,263 plants removed
  • 200 plants planted

Invasives Strike Force - Aquatic (1 Corps Member)

  • 323 Acres of waterbodies surveyed
  • 108 observations submitted
  • 6 species found
  • 1,756  plants removed
  • 672 watercraft inspected

Mile-a-Minute Biocontrol Project  (1 Corps Member)

  • 150.063 Acres surveyed
  • 16.4 Acres of land improved
  • 371,916 plants removed
  • 4,000 Bio-control weevils released in 4 locations


Get Involved

The Trail Conference Conservation Corps is a proud member of the Corps Network's AmeriCorps Education Award Program.