Empowering the next generation

Idaho Conservation Corps offers a challenging education and job-training experience that helps youth and young adults from diverse backgrounds develop the skills they need to lead full and productive lives. Our programs include residential conservation crews for both youth and young adults and an internship program for college aged participants.

For Parents and Participants:
Please Read, Important 2020 updates!

The health and well-being of our Members, Staff, and the Communities we serve is paramount, and we take the threat of COVID-19 very seriously. We regularly monitor the spread and impact of this virus in the United States, and particularly in the region in which Northwest Youth Corps and Idaho Conservation Corps operates. We are learning more every day, and using that knowledge to inform our program operations.

Here are a few important things to consider regarding communicating with us and with your children:

  • Offices and Phones: Most of our staff members are either in the field or working from their homes. For regular communication (including questions about the program, supplies, details about the schedule, following up on information requests we may have made of you, etc.) please email us at info@idahocc.org and we will respond within two working days. If you know the staff member’s name you wish to contact, please call 541-349-5055 and press “0” for a staff directory. If you have an urgent need to call, particularly on the first day of the program, please call 541-349-5055 and dial extension #234 for the quickest response time (this phone is monitored 8:00 am – 5:00 pm PT).

  • Mail/Care Packages: We encourage writing letters to your corps member often! But, due to the abundance of care we are taking this summer season to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on all of our members and staff, we will not be allowing participants to receive care packages in the field. Oversized mail received will NOT be delivered in the field, and will be held at headquarters and returned at the end of the session. If you need to send medication or some other essential personal item, please contact our office to arrange for us to expect that package and arrange for its delivery.

  • Program visitsAlthough family visits to crew weekend sites have been a long tradition for Northwest Youth Corps and Idaho Conservation Corps youth programs, in our efforts to keep our crew units as free from the potential of outside exposure to COVID-19, we have cancelled visitations in the field for this season. Because of this, we will make every reasonable effort to provide telephone check-ins with your youth participant on weekends when schedules and/or reception makes it possible.

  • Graduations: Graduation ceremonies will not be possible to have in person this season. We will communicate our intended plans for timing and logistical arrangements for virtual graduation several weeks in advance of the graduation date.

  • Additional Safety Measures: To learn more on the most up to date status of our programs and our COVID-19 mitigation policies and procedures, please visit: https://www.nwyouthcorps.org/m/covid19

Partner Spotlight

In 2020, Idaho Conservation Corps continues to expand its partnership with the One Track Mind Foundation (OTM ). This nonprofit organization of passionate explorers and adventurers is committed to preserving, expanding, and building multi-use singletrack trails in the Gem State. This year, OTM is funding 7 weeks of youth crew projects, including the remote backcountry leadership crew. The crews will be working in the Payette National Forest on the Loon Lake and Ruby Meadows Trails. In 2019, OTM funding allowed 85 ICC youth to perform 11,431 hours of trail maintenance in the Payette National Forest. Significant outcomes included improving 33 miles of trail and constructing 538 drainage structures. Idaho Conservation Corps shares OTM’s vision of sharing the ‘thrill of the trail’ with more people, and enlisting local youth in this work. Thank you, One Track Mind, for your ongoing and generous support!