About Conservation Corps
The 13-day Conservation Corps operates from a base camp on the historic and beautiful Shield Ranch. Conservation Corps provides 10th – 12th graders an opportunity to participate in conservation work for which they are paid a modest stipend. Conservation Corps members will:
- work hands-on to maintain hiking tails and protect and restore wildlife habitat
- participate in fun environmental learning and outdoor adventure programs
- enjoy high adventures like kayaking, backpacking, rock-climbing, and/or caving
- assist with programs for younger El Ranchito campers
- learn basic job skills that subsequently help prepare young adults to enter the workforce
WHO CAN JOIN CONSERVATION CORPS?
Above all, El Ranchito was created to serve children and youth
from low-income families. If a family qualifies for the federal free
lunch program at school, a child/youth is eligible for El Ranchito’s Conservation Corps.
HOW MUCH DOES CONSERVATION CORPS COST?
The registration fee for Conservation Corps campers is $50. If a sibling of that camper registers, then their tuition will be $40, and a third sibling’s tuition will be $30. Tuition includes lodging, meals, supervision, conservation projects, nature programs, work boots, safety equipment, high adventure field trips, and fun team challenges and activities.