The Outdoor Youth Corps program is an education and workforce development program that connects youth ages 16 to 20 with projects and career paths focused on conservation, horticulture, sustainability and community engagement in the St. Louis area. This program provides career mentorship to participants by introducing them to a wide variety of career paths, training opportunities, and paid work experiences.
Youth are introduced to a variety of environmental stewardship projects throughout the city including: invasive species removal, urban farming, trash clean ups, general garden maintenance, and more! Participating youth learn hands-on skills and gain knowledge related to working in the environmental, horticultural, and conservation related fields.
The Outdoor Youth Corps has four annual program seasons, each accommodating 10 participants.
- Summer Crew (June–July)
- Spring Weekend Work Series (February–April)
- Fall Weekend Work Series (September–November)
- Alternative Spring Break program (March 18–22, 2023)
Please see below for current season details.