Maryland Conservation Corps

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The Maryland Conservation Corps (MCC) is an award-winning AmeriCorps program that engages young adults in extensive natural resource management and park conservation projects. The mission of the program is to provide young adults with opportunities for service in the community and the environment by preserving, protecting, enhancing, and restoring Maryland’s natural resources.  

Managed by the Maryland Park Service since 1984, MCC provides members with opportunities for skill development and personal growth through a supportive, team-based environment, emphasizing the satisfaction of completing projects that benefit Maryland’s natural resources.

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​2020 - 2021 Annual Report

2020-2021 MCC Orientation Group Photo

2020 - 2021 MCC Orientation Group Photo

"Each year a new team of young adults from diverse backgrounds unite to work toward the common goal of improving public lands."

Under the supervision of experienced Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff, MCC members work in crews of 5-7 members. From State parks and forests to the Chesapeake Bay, they are engaged in projects in Maryland's most beautiful places.

Partner Organizations

  • National Aquarium in Baltimore
  • Maryland Department of Agriculture
  • National Park Service
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC)​

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In an average year, MCC members will:

  • Plant thousands of trees
  • Maintain hundreds of miles of trails
  • Work with schools to plant bay grasses
  • Restore wildlife habitat
  • Conduct interpretive programs in state parks
  • Support the improvement of the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays
  • Improve park nature centers
  • Help preserve Maryland’s rich historical heritage
  • Provide environmental education programming for roughly 10,000 Maryland students