National Conference

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21CSC Annual Meeting

About the Previous Conference



Save the date for The Corps Network 2018 National Conference!
When: February 11 - 14, 2018
Where: Washington, DC - The Fairmont Hotel (2401 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037)

The Corps Network National Conference is an annual gathering of national, state, and local leaders in the fields of workforce development, community service, and the environment. Attendees include approximately 200 Directors and senior staff from Service and Conservation Corps across the country; officials from federal agencies; representatives from philanthropic foundations; and friends and supporters of the Corps movement.


Our Theme for the 2018 National Conference: The Trail Ahead

Service and Conservation Corps are nimble organizations, constantly evolving to meet the changing needs of our communities, resource management agencies, the workforce, and America’s young people. The Corps Network’s 2018 National Conference, The Trail Ahead, looks to celebrate this creativity and position Corps in new and emerging fields. At The Trail Ahead, we’ll examine innovation within the Corps movement, as well as new ways in which Corps can confront larger societal concerns. Attendees will hear how Corps use technology and creative partnerships to better meet their Corpsmembers needs, promote program efficiency, and expand work in such fields as resiliency, food security, marine conservation, and infrastructure improvement. With support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, we will also address our Moving Forward Initiative and continue the discussion started at the 2017 conference around addressing racism and creating equity in the Corps and conservation movements. At The Trail Ahead, we’ll bring new voices and ideas to the conservation and workforce development arena and build on our efforts to create a 21st Century Conservation and Service Corps movement.



Conference registration is through the Cvent portal. Please click above. Rates are listed below. Please note that hotel booking is separate from Conference registration.

Early registration rates ended January 5, 2018. Standard registration rates began January 6, 2018. Online registration ends February 5, 2018. If you miss this deadline, you may register in person at the Conference. However, attendees are strongly encouraged to complete the registration process in advance.

If you have questions about registration, or are experiencing issues with the Cvent portal, please contact Bobby Tillett,

2018 Registration Rates




The 2018 National Conference will take place at the Fairmont Washington, DC (2401 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037).

Our room block is closed. While we have technically filled the block, please first use this link to make a reservation, as they may have additional rooms available at the conference rate. If you have contacted the hotel and been told the conference rate is no longer available, please contact Leslie Wilkoff,; she may be able to intervene on your behalf.

The government per diem rate for Washington, DC in February 2018 is $201.00 per night (plus tax) for a single or double room.

Click here to learn more about the hotel. 



One of the most exciting parts about The Corps Network National Conference is the awards! The Conference is a chance to celebrate extraordinary people and programs in the Corps community. See the links below to read about our 2018 awardees. Questions regarding awards can be directed to Hannah Traverse,

Congratulations to the 2018 Awardees! 

Corpsmember of the Year 2018 Learn more
A special thank you to Delaware North for sponsoring the 2018 Corpsmembers of the Year!


Project of the Year 2018Learn More


Legacy Achievement Award 2018Learn More


21CSC Champion of the Year Award 2018 
This award is given by the Partnership for the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (P-21CSC) and presented during the annual P-21CSC Meeting, part of The Corps Network National Conference. If you wish to attend the P-21CSC meeting, but do not plan to attend other parts of The Corps Network 2018 National Conference, please register for the meeting here

Champion of the Year - National Distinction Awardees

Champion of the Year



Questions regarding sponsorship can be directed to Bobby Tillett, Lead Conference Coordinator,

Thank you to the following sponsors of The Corps Network 2018 National Conference! We appreciate your support. 


Delaware North

Sponsor of the 2018 Corpsmembers of the Year

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Support for Moving Forward Initiative content

Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration

Willis Towers Watson, Cigna, Relation Insurance Services


U.S. Forest Service

National Park Foundation
Conservation United
National Trust for Historic Preservation 
Fred C. Church Insurance



Moving Forward Together: Promoting Racial, Environmental & Community Equity
February 12 - 15, 2017

Corps exist to empower young people and give them the opportunity to better their lives and neighborhoods through service. Every day, Corps confront the problems facing America’s youth and communities. We see poverty and decay, environmental injustice and the effects of climate change. Most of us are all too familiar with the inequities and tension at the root of many recent headlines and controversies. America is talking about these issues and frustrations and – with our place at the intersection of people and government – Corps can bring a unique perspective to the conversation. At Moving Forward Together, we will discuss the ways in which our organizations and the young people we serve address racial, environmental, and community inequities on a day-to-day basis. We will also reflect on our own biases, knowledge deficits, and shortcomings regarding these topics. By talking about these issues and sharing our experiences, we can begin to heal, find solutions and Move Forward, Together.