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Organization

WisCorps

Contact Information

789 Myrick Park Dr.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-2494

Focus Areas

  • Community & Nonprofit Development
  • Disability
  • Education & Youth
  • Environment

To develop leadership, self-confidence, and a strong work ethic in youth and young adults through the active stewardship of Wisconsin’s communities and natural resources.

  • About Us
    About WisCorps
    WisCorps, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) conservation corps that provides a valuable service to local communities and the environment by engaging youth and young adults in direct conservation projects on public lands across the state of Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest.

    Teams of 4-5 Corps Members are led by an experienced adult Crew Leader who is both a work supervisor and mentor to the crew. Together, the crews complete projects such as: new trail construction, trail restoration, bridge construction, stream bank stabilization, reforestation, and invasive species management.
  • Our Impact
    Through these “hands-on” projects, Corps Members gain valuable life and employment skills that will help them to become engaged and active members of their communities, as well as future leaders in the Wisconsin workforce!

Positions at WisCorps

WisCorps Programs

Conservation Program

Work Outdoors “The WisCorps crew are the people responsible for the dirty, gritty aspect of conservationism.” -2016 Fall WisCorps Conservation Crew Member WisCorps crews work in a variety of Wisconsin’s parks, natural areas, and trails. Crew members will be supervised by experienced adult crew leaders. Crews work Monday through Friday, and together to complete projects such as: Trail building Invasive Species management Carpentry (Constructing bridges, boardwalks) Habitat restoration Accessible trails Live Sustainably WisCorps crews live sustainably, unplugged, and follow Leave No Trace principles. Crews work and live together (except Mayor’s and WORKS crews) throughout the experience. During the experience, crew members work together to eat well and minimize their impact on the earth. Enjoy the simple life of campfires, reading books, journaling, talking to fellow crew-mates! Explore Wisconsin On the weekends, conservation crews stay together to explore or travel to their next project site (except for Mayor’s or WORKS crews). We believe that staying together throughout the experience creates a close-knit community, ask any WisCorps alumni. This is a great opportunity to explore Wisconsin’s best kept secret natural areas, local festivals, or farmer’s markets!

Environmental Education

Nature Programs Overview At WisCorps, we believe that environmental and nature education is crucial to the development of children, youth, and adults through quality learning experiences in nature and with a positive and welcoming atmosphere. Our goal is to foster appreciation and a sense of stewardship for the environment and our natural resources throughout the La Crosse community and surrounding area as a whole. As a result, individuals will develop a deeper understanding of environmental issues and have the skills to make informed and responsible decisions. Our youth programs include nature learning experiences through activities, teaching, and hands-on integrative projects and experiments. We partner with other conservation organizations in the area to take students out in the field to designated areas for land restoration, trail building and maintenance and invasive species removal. Our programs are state of the art due to our unique site; we are adjacent to the La Crosse River Marsh and Hixon Forest which provides rich biodiversity and opportunities for our programs. Accessible Environmental Education Last year WisCorps environmental education program served over 8,000 children and adults. WisCorps is expanding the environmental education program offer inclusive and specific programs for children and adults with disabilities. Our goal is to become the destination for accessible and inclusive environmental education in Wisconsin. Breaking Barriers to the Outdoors WisCorps is dedicated to eliminating barriers to employment, environmental education, and recreation in Wisconsin’s outdoors. Inclusion has many aspects, not just physical accessibility. WisCorps has completed an Inclusion Assessment through the Inclusive Resource Center, headquartered at SUNY Cortland. This assessment focuses on physical aspects, administrative and program practices that promote inclusion. With the results, we will create an organization-wide master plan. We hope to build on the plan and assist other nature education and outdoor recreation centers to be more inclusive of people with disabilities.