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Youth and Adult Conservation Corps

Training tomorrow's leaders by providing access to jobs and higher education


The Islands Conservation Corps offers Certificate and Master degrees in Ecological Restoration in partnership with Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University. The program combines academic coursework with hands-on implementation, using the beautiful San Juan Islands as a dynamic classroom. 


The Youth Conservation Corps provides conservation and stewardship programs for youth ages 12-18. The popular summer program runs for 8 weeks June-August, serving Orcas, Lopez, and San Juan islands. Activities include trail building, habitat restoration, public information campaigns and even monitoring endangered species!

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Our team members conduct themselves with an impressive mix of professionalism, curiosity and respect as they perform a variety of tasks, including carbon-sequestering burning practices, riparian zone restoration, near-shore ecology restoration, and the establishment of native shrubs and pollinators in treated ecosystems. 

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