"The practice of conservation must spring from a conviction of what is ethically and aesthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient. A thing is right only when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the community; and the community includes the soil, waters, fauna, and flora, as well as people."
GYCC Program Overview
The Grinnell Youth Conservation Corps (GYCC) is composed of a crew of Grinnell High School students that works on conservation projects in Grinnell's parks, with focus on Arbor Lake Park, for 8 weeks during the summer. The crew is led by a Grinnell College student who coordinates program projects and educational opportunities in addition to working alongside the crew. The GYCC aims to involve local youth in the parks of Grinnell through environmental conservation and education.
Imagine Grinnell provides grant and planning support.
The Center for Prairie Studies at Grinnell College sponsors the position of the Grinnell College student coordinator.
The City of Grinnell employs the high school student workers and provides tactical assistance for the crew throughout the summer.