Summer Program

In crews of six, our summer program participants work 40-hour weeks throughout the summer to improve and preserve our community’s natural areas.

Youth Conservation Corps’ summer conservation program provides job opportunities and environmental education to high school and college students interested in preserving Lake County’s wetlands, prairies and woodlands. This program is a public/private partnership between YCC and the Lake County Forest Preserve District.

Through a highly competitive application process, we accept 40 young people to this program each summer. Each young person receives:

  • 8 weeks of full-time employment, Monday through Friday for 8-hour days
  • Income at the state minimum hourly wage
  • Hands-on experience and education in conservation, environmental management and preservation
  • Training on light construction techniques for trails, bridges or boardwalks
  • Valuable teamwork, leadership, communication and life experience
  • Opportunities to enjoy the benefits of hard work, including camping and canoeing

Supporters like you make our summer conservation program possible. Here is how you can further our young people’s conservation efforts:

  • Donate. Your gifts ensure that we can go above and beyond grant contracts to provide life-changing experiences for high school and college students. Give now
  • Share your expertise. We welcome guest speakers in conservation and environmental protection to meet with our students. We have a particular interest in experts who can discuss practical careers in the field and share real-world experience with young people as they enter college and declare their majors. If you’d like to speak with our young people, contact us: