Southwest Conservation Corps

A nonprofit organization

$6,036 raised

24% complete

$25,000 Goal

Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) turns 25 this year! Many things have changed since 1998, but SCC remains committed to engaging future leaders who protect, restore, and enhance our nation’s lands through community-based service. Help the Southwest Conservation Corps use the power of conservation service to develop leaders and lifelong stewards of our lands through our local youth programming. Your contribution will help us continue quality conservation projects in support of the people, our communities, and the environment. Every bit helps and we can't thank you enough for your support.

Funds from our $25,000 for 25 Years Campaign will be directed towards our local youth programs. You can learn more about our local youth program and the communities we serve here. If you want to learn about all of the other programs SCC offers, visit us here!

          Testimonials from Local Youth Participants:

"SCC is really great because you meet a lot of new people, you learn a lot of new things, and by the end of the month you become bonded with your crew, like a family. It’s something that will change your life, it changed my perspective on the world. I’m really excited for next year when I get to come back!" - 2022 Youth Member, 16, La Plata County

"SCC program I think is the best program that there is for kids like me. I learned a lot and achieved a lot while being in this program and I hope it does the same for other kids as well in the future. I really enjoyed working with the people that were in the same program as me and I'm proud that I learned to reroute trails and I learned how to use tools that I've never used before. I had an amazing time these last couple weeks and I'm glad that I did this program and hope that the other kids felt the same way."
-Hector Gonzalez, 17, Conejos County

              What did you learn during your season with SCC?

"I learned how to be more independent and foster a community outside of my home.  How to communicate boundaries with people who you don't know but will be spending a lot of time with."  

"I learned how to love the outdoors & look at the whole world that surrounds me in a more meaningful way. "

"I learned how to be more of a leader, I also learned how to be more confident in myself."  

"I learned leadership, outdoor, communication, personal, professional skills and developed a stronger work ethic." 


Engaging future leaders who protect, restore, and enhance our nation’s lands through community-based service.

Background Statement

Southwest Conservation Corps began in Durango, CO in 1998 as Southwest Youth Corps and changed its name to Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) in 2006 after merging with the Youth Corps of Southern Arizona. Conservation Legacy became the new name in 2014 for this growing national organization which includes local offices across the country. Founded on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps, Conservation Legacy is now in its 23rd year of engaging young people-providing them with structured, safe, and challenging work and educational opportunities through employment projects that promote personal growth, the development of life and employment skills, and an ethic of natural resource stewardship.

Through hands-on conservation work, SCC fosters inclusive opportunities for youth, young adults and veterans and uses conservation work as a vehicle for developing leadership skills, self-awareness and compassion towards our lands and communities.

SCC's Youth Program provides local students ages 14-18 with conservation jobs that expose them to career pathways and well-rounded educational opportunities. SCC increases youth resiliency by expanding social and emotional skills, teamwork, initiative, and problem solving. Finally, we provide holistic support to our youth employees through personal development, mental health support, and restorative approaches to behavior management. SCC breaks down program barriers and adapts to the changing needs of the communities served.

You can learn more about our local youth program and the communities we serve here:

Organization Data


Organization name

Southwest Conservation Corps

other names


Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Environment, Education, Youth Development, Employment

Organization Size

Large Organization


701 Camino Del Rio Suite 101
Durango, CO 81301


701 Camino del Rio Suite 101
Durango, CO 81301

Colorado Location

701 E Highway 50
Salida, CO 81201


701 Camino del Rio Suite 101
durango, CO 81301

Service areas

La Plata County, CO, US

Chaffee County, CO, US



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