The oldest and largest state conservation corps program in the country (established in 1976), California Conservation Corps (CCC) crews returned to Yosemite in the summer of 2013 to restore trails and develop life skills. Crew members come from diverse backgrounds and are set on a path to success through ongoing programs that include employment training, academic education and scholarships.

CCC crews are trained in trail skills by working with National Park Service crews to clear drainages, repair bridges, fill trail ruts and much more. Through this experience, youth learn about the importance of protecting natural resources and providing for safe visitor access. They also leave with practical skills to apply to future careers.

Your support goes to work in creating the best in youth programs and trail restoration. Visitors enjoy improved trails, while youth spend their summers immersed in the outdoors learning valuable skills.

Partnering with California Conservation Corps (CCC), a program for young adults in their late teens and early 20s, and Yosemite National Park.

Lou Summerfield

Branch Chief of Roads and Trails

Project Notes

Everything youth crews do in Yosemite results in a direct improvement to park visitors’ experiences. They build defined pathways to prevent people from wandering on sensitive areas, remove non-native berry bushes to preserve meadows, and fix fire rings to improve campsites. All this work keeps areas of the park accessible and protected.