Over the past two weeks the Steger Wilderness Center has been buzzing with work. The Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa have integrated into the community built here at the Center. The crew is made up of seven youth and two crew leaders who are a part of the AmeriCorps Summer Youth Corps program. They “spend the summer living outdoors and leading youth in outdoor service projects.” The Conservation Corps offers meaningful work for youth in learning how to manage and thrive in the environment around them.
The Conservation Corps crew at the Center had spent their time working on a variety of projects. In the mornings the crew worked on a forestry project around the Homestead. They lopped and sawed dominant tree species to encourage new growth, and in the process learned about tree identification. When they began the project they frequently asked questions about tree species, but towards the end they were answering each other’s questions. In the afternoons the crew worked on a masonry project with the Interns. The Interns were taught the skills of masonry at the start of the summer and were able to become the teachers for the CCM crew.
The Steger Center community was sad to see the amazing crew we worked so closely with leave today. An immense amount of work was completed and it would not have been able to be accomplished without their help.