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Leadership, Employment Skills

Conserving Carolina hosts a Summer of Service program for community members ages 17 to 19 interested in trying something new and learning more about oneself and the environmental fields of study and work.

The bulk of the program runs from June–August with 30- to 40-hour weeks paid on an hourly basis. The program is designed to build confidence, trust, teamwork, environmental and service-oriented ethics, and to introduce participants to educational and career paths they may not have otherwise considered.

Projects include land restoration, natural area playground improvements, trail building and maintenance and invasive plant removal. Fun activities are designed to inspire a love of land and water and build self-confidence with overnight backpacking, hiking and swimming in streams and lakes and day trips to other natural areas and parks.

Conserving Carolina

Hendersonville, NC

Partners: AmeriCorps

Staff: 13 FTE, 3 AmeriCorps | 1 FTE, 3 AmeriCorps for program

Clearing the trails