Harrisburg Youth Crew planting trees in Reservoir Park, Harrisburg.

The Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps (PAOC) is seeking projects for its 2024 season. Municipalities and non-profits can host PAOC crews on a cost-share basis to complete work on public lands. The PAOC employs youth ages 15 to 24 to complete conservation and outdoor recreation projects in parks and forests across Pennsylvania. The DCNR-led program engages underserved citizens and trains the next generation of conservation leaders.

Crews are located throughout the state and can travel about an hour from their host locations to project sites. Each crew is staffed with professional leaders that work with your local project coordinator to oversee project implementation. Typical projects include tree planting, riparian corridor improvement, mechanical invasive species removal, hiking trail improvements, light construction, community shade tree inventories, and young tree maintenance.

Hosts are responsible for purchasing any needed materials and specialty tools. Crews are staffed with six to eight people and bring basic trail maintenance tools and can-do attitudes. To submit your project for consideration, contact Mike Piaskowski, Outdoor Corps Program Manager, at [email protected].

This post adapted from a release from DCNR.

Williamsport Adult Crew planting stakes and establishing exclusion fences in Rider Park, Trout Run.