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The Ranger Conservation Corps

Ranger and RCC participant

The Ranger Conservation Corps (RCC) is an urban environmental internship for high school students. RCC participants work on environmental restoration in Forever Wild sites located in our flagship parks. There are two RCC sessions each year (fall and spring), and each session lasts 8 to 10 weeks. The program occurs one day a week, on a school day afternoon for 2 to 2.5 hours.

RCC is a great program for students who are interested in the natural world or environmental issues. It is an excellent opportunity to gain experience while working with the Urban Park Rangers. Participants may go on exciting field trips including canoeing, overnight camping and more.

RCC participants receive community service hours, and the experience looks great on a college application. Interested students are encouraged to fill out an application below and submit it to the address listed.

For more information, call 311 (or 212-NEW-YORK outside of NYC) and ask for the Urban Park Rangers.

Information for RCC Members and Parents

RCC Permission Slip
RCC Student Application Form


Smiling RCC program participants

“In the beginning of the year, I wasn’t doing so well in Biology, and Mr. Young encouraged me to join the program. Ever since then my grade point average has risen to 90%. Working with the Rangers has really, really showed me the dedication some people have for the environment, and it has inspired me to aspire for a career as a Ranger. Also, because of the program, I had one of the best Regent’s scores in my class; 84%!!”
Edwin, RCC participant, Urban Park Rangers

“It’s hard for me to write about one thing I enjoyed about RCC. I liked so many things that I did. I especially liked all the turtles. The best part of that is coming back every week and seeing all the different kinds of turtles we found. The BIG snapper was awesome. It was interesting to learn how turtles live, swim, hibernate, and eat.”
James, RCC participant, Urban Park Rangers

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