Conservation Corps

Our Mission Statement

The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Conservation Corps trains the next generation of environmental stewards to preserve the integrity of trails and natural areas and engage volunteers to inspire a deeper appreciation for the care that open space requires.

What We DoTrail Crew moving rock.

The Trail Conference Conservation Corps trains, enables, and empowers future conservation leaders by teaching sustainable trail building and stewardship techniques. Our Corps crews engage and teach community volunteers on the responsible use and care of open space by addressing the needs of land managers.

Where We Live 

The Conservation Corps offers optional housing at the Welch Trail Education Center both for our Corps Members and the amazing Volunteers that are such an essential part of what we do. Located in Harriman State Park the WTEC offers a beautiful lakeside setting with rustic cabins, a communal commercial-grade kitchen, and hot showers for after a hard day of work!  We offer classes and other workshops here as well that are open to the public including Wilderness and Remote First Aid, CPR and AED as well as many others.

Our Crews

Bear Mountain Trail Crew (Bear Mountain State Park)

Palisades Trail Crew (Sterling Forest State Park)

Ramapo Trail Crew (Ramapo Valley County Reservation)

Taconic Trail Crew (Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve/Breakneck Ridge area)

Invasive Species Strike Force (Regional)


2016 Corps Highlights

  • 4.3 miles of trails built, maintained, and restored
  • 24 miles of trail inventoried and assessed
  • 70.5 acres of habitat restored 
  • 602 volunteers and 19 Corps members completed over 19,995 service hours

Check out everything the Trail Conference Conservation Corps accomplished in 2016 in our final report.

Get Involved

The Trail Conference Conservation Corps is a proud member of the Corps Network's AmeriCorps Education Award Program.