Idaho Conservation Corps

Idaho Conservation Corps is a state wide program of Northwest Youth Corps. Northwest Youth Corps (NYC) was started in 1984—during a tough economic period—with the mission of helping youth and young adults to learn, grow, and experience success. Since that time, NYC has helped 17,000 diverse young people benefit from education, leadership, empowerment, and challenge, while completing high priority resource management objectives across the state. Annually NYC crews carry out 180,000 hours of projects such as invasive plant removal, riparian planting, stream restoration, fence construction, and trail maintenance for a variety of federal, state, and local partners.

Idaho Conservation Corps offers a challenging education and job-training experience that helps youth and young adults from diverse backgrounds develop the skills they need to lead full and productive lives.

Our core purpose is to provide opportunities for youth and young adults to learn, grow, and experience success.  Our programs focus on education, challenge, community, leadership and empowerment, giving youth critical life skills and confidence. Programs stress teamwork, inclusion, and leadership while promoting a solid work ethic and individual achievement. Youth leave Idaho Conservation Corps knowing that they can overcome obstacles, solve problems, make friends, and attain their objectives in life.



Contact Us

For all general questions contact:

 (208) 615-2726 




For questions about partnering with ICC or hiring ICC crews contact:
Emma Stammer,  



(208) 488-2190






Our Staff and Contact Information



Cassidy Connolly, AmeriCorps & Community Engagement Coordinator, - Cassidy was born and raised in the Boise area. She has always been an avid animal lover and enjoyed the outdoors. She attended Boise State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. Her journey with nonprofits started while serving as a coordinating team member for the Boise River Enhancement Network. With her passion for environmental conservation and nonprofit work, she joined the Idaho Conservation Corps. In her free time, she loves to be outside on the water kayaking and fishing, but most importantly, spending time with her beloved cats.






Alex Cravener, Program Coordinator, - Alex grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and now calls Boise home. Her love for nature flourished in Flagstaff, where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. Her interests led her to work on trails, plant/animal conservation, and management all over the Western United States. She began her career with ICC as a crew leader, and is now excited to share her knowledge as a Program Coordinator. In her spare time Alex enjoys cycling, camping, whitewater sports, and petting dogs.






Dan Schillo , Program Coordinator, - Dan’s passion for the outdoor stems from his upbringing in the rolling hills of Central New York and family camping trips to the Adirondack Mountains. This passion for the outdoors and adventure brought him, as it has so many others throughout history, to the West where he explored from the Redwoods of Northern CA to the Rockies of Montana. It was in Montana that he discovered the conservation corps world with the Montana Conservation Corps in 2012 and stayed until 2014 . This experience had brought him to Idaho on several different hitches and so resulted in a stint as a Wilderness Ranger in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Most recently he served as program coordinator for Sierra Nevada Journeys an outdoor education campus in the Eastern Sierras. However it was the combination of conservation, community, and service that brought him back to Idaho with the Idaho Conservation Corps and he couldn’t be happier. A perfect day for Dan includes wandering through mountains with a backpack, stories by a campfire, and a hot cup of tea. Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have or just for a good story!