The Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) is a corps program based in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The ACC moves forward from the tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps to engage young people in conservation service projects. The ACC is a Conservation Legacy program supported in partnership with the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.
The ACC strives to cultivate a new generation of local land stewards. We partner with land managers to accomplish impactful and lasting conservation service projects. We work to build and support sustainable public access, historical interpretation and ecological health. The ACC runs as a fee-for-service crew and we are willing to collaborate with land managers to find project funding.
We provide an opportunity for young adults to do meaningful work on our public lands. Serving on a conservation crew is an immersive experience. Days filled with sweat, mud, hard work and beautiful country are all part of the job. The effort pays off when ACC participants come out of the field feeling strong, confident and passionate for the outdoors and their work. The ACC will reach out to local young adults for local projects. Participants will receive a bi-weekly living allowance and an AmeriCorps education award.
The ACC will foster respectful, responsible and supportive relationships. By living and working on a crew, participants will gain the skills needed to work and lead within a high-functioning team.
The ACC is the living legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps. In fact, the first CCC camp- Camp Roosevelt, is less than 25 miles away from our home office. We aim to continue that tradition by offering young adults the opportunity to work on conservation projects that serve the land and people.
The ACC is a program of Conservation Legacy and is supported and housed by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation. Conservation Legacy is a national organization that cultivates local action to produce enduring widespread impact in communities, ecosystems and people. The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation works with partners to preserve the hallowed ground of the Valley’s Civil War battlefields.