We are Southwest Conservation Corps!

Trail WorkSouthwest Conservation Corps (SCC) operates conservation service programs across Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico that empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment. SCC has offices in Durango and Salida, CO and Acoma, NM.

SCC has broad program offerings including individual intern placements in natural resource positions as well as crew based conservation service programs for youth (ages 16-18), young adults, (16-25) and post 9-11 era Veterans. SCC programs are rooted in the communities where we serve, addressing local public land issues and working to meet local community needs and interests.

Sawyers Fence work Trail work

Notes from the Field


  • In 2013 SCC served 554 members.
  • In 2013 SCC improved over 8000 acres.
  • In 2013 SCC improved or constructed nearly 750 miles of rivers or trails


“We came here because we are all at a transitory period in our lives. We needed a change of pace to keep us looking towards our futures. We wanted to leave our normal lives because of some strange inkling that there was something else out there. We came for an experience.”