The Great Appalachian Valley Conservation Corps (GAVCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization, whose mission is to connect young adults to meaningful conservation service. GAVCC engages motivated young adults to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects throughout the region. GAVCC works with a variety of land management agencies throughout the state such as the United States Forest Service, National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Historic District. Projects vary but could include trail construction and maintenance, ecosystem restoration, habitat restoration, historical restoration, and boundary marking, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects. Individual Placements and Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.
Our programs focus on place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility and career development. GAVCC also provides an opportunity for members to learn about the local environment, environmental issues and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers.