Our Programs

SECC offers a unique set of programs that engage young people in meaningful education and service to their communities and natural landscapes. Since each program is purposeful in design, programs many vary in length, location, focus and populations served. Below is a list of current programs. 

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Youth Conservation Crews
The Youth Conservation Crews crews offer youth, ages 16 – 18, an opportunity to gain employment experience, job-training skills, personal development, environmental education and recreation experience. We have both camping and local in-town crews. We have crews that focus on specific projects such as our historic preservation crews and urban arceology crews.

AmeriCorps Conservation Crews
AmeriCorps Conservation Crew programs engage motivated young adults, ages 18 – 26, to complete challenging and impactful conservation service projects throughout Tennessee and the Southeast region. We have both camping and local in-town crews. Each season our project differ but we do invasive projets, timber work, stone masonry, new trail construction, corridor clearing, saw work, and bridge projects.

Veterans Fire Crews

Veterans Fire Crew training program (in partnership with The Corps Network and The Nature Conservancy) provides training and on-the-job experience for post-911 era veterans interested in entering careers and gaining experience in natural resource management.

AmeriCorps Individual Placements - Internships
SECC engages individuals 18-35  in Natural Resource internships with federal, state and local management agencies and environmentally focused non-profits. We partner with Southeast Coast Network, Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Lula Lake Land Trust, and other organizations in the Southeast region.

Trips for Kids
Trips for Kids – SECC connects youth, ages 12 – 15, to recreation and conservation service through the joy of riding a mountain bike and completing local service projects on public lands. Youth who successfully complete the five-month program earn their very own mountain bike.
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Conservation Crew Accomplishments for 2014:

  • 24 Youth and Young Adults successfully completes Conservation Crew Placements
  • $14,100 worth of Education Award was distributed to participants
  • Completed 6,869 project hours
  • Cleared 27,5119 feet of corridor
  • Maintained 7,303 feet of trail
  • Completed 2,987 feet of new trail construction
  • Built 57 Rock steps, and 4 rock walls
  • Installed 5 switchbacks
  • Installed 8 water drains
  • Built 1 equestrian stream crossing


“My first three weeks have been nothing short of my expectations but have pushed my imaginative, physical, and personal limits."       

2014 Corpsmember


Bike Program Accomplishments in 2014:

  • 31 Youth Impacted
  • 551.4 Miles Ridden by Participants
  • 442.5 Hours Riding Bicycles
  • 16 Community Volunteers Participated in Program
  • 321 Total Hours Mentoring Youth
  • 26 Bikes Given to Youth Who Participated