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Conservation Crew

by , posted on 8:18 AM, July 14, 2022
Conservation Crew is a youth-led extracurricular program that engages middle school students in learning and leadership around conservation opportunities in their schools.
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Fully funded after-school program!

Conservation Crew is a youth-led extracurricular program that engages middle school students in learning and leadership around conservation opportunities in their schools. Each Crew is led by a teacher or staff person, made up of 5-25 students, and given assistance by Conservation Minnesota. Teachers receive a $3000 stipend, and a $500 grant to fund the project. 


Conservation Crew gives students the opportunity to explore what conservation means. Students meet bi-weekly, select, and organize a project and share their work with their school and surrounding communities. Schools then participate in the end of the year celebration, where they present their project to a panel of judges and the other Crews, much like a science fair. 

Some examples of Conservation Crew projects include: 

  • Plant trees, a pollinator garden, or a rain garden
  • Conduct an energy audit and promote energy reduction solutions 
  • Implement lunchroom composting 
  • Create educational materials or art projects on environmental issues
  • Switch to refillable water bottles and fill stations in schools  
  • Clean up or improve a local park, creek, or river  
  • Conduct water testing at local waterways

    To learn more about the program,visit our website or contact isabel@conservationminnesota.org.

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