21st Century Conservation Service Corps

The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) is a bold national effort to put young Americans and veterans to work protecting, restoring, and enhancing America’s great outdoors. The 21CSC, built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps, will complete high quality, cost effective projects on public and tribal lands and waters across the nation.


A National Initiative

President Obama launched the America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative on April 16, 2010 to develop a 21st century conservation and recreation agenda. After 51 listening sessions and over 105,000 comments, the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture, CEQ Chair and EPA Administrator delivered the AGO Report to the President on February 7, 2011. The Report’s first recommendation is to “catalyze the establishment of a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) to engage young Americans in public lands and water restoration.

In February of 2012 a Federal Advisory Committee was established to provide recommendations to the Department of Interior and the Department of Agriculture on how to plan and implement a 21CSC. Representatives from The Corps Network, several of our members, and many of our partners were part of the Committee. Their full report and recommendations can be accessed here, but the basic goals of the initiative are listed below.


21CSC goals:

  • Put Americans to work. The 21CSC will provide service, training, education and  employment opportunities for thousands of young Americans and veterans, including low income and disadvantaged youth.
  • Preserve, protect, and promote America’s greatest gifts. The 21CSC will protect, restore and enhance public and tribal lands and waters as well as natural, cultural, and historical resources and treasures. With high-quality, cost-effective project work, the 21CSC will also increase public access and use while spurring economic development and outdoor recreation.
  • Build America’s future. Through service to America, the 21CSC will help develop a generation of skilled workers, educated and active citizens, future leaders, and stewards of natural and cultural resources, communities and the nation.


For More Information

Please visit www.21csc.org, the official site of the Partnership for the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (currently maintained by The Corps Network). 

Organizations intersted in becoming part of the 21CSC can learn more here and view a sample Letter of Intent here