RSVP to attend documentary screening and cocktail hour to kick-off the conference on Feb.11th 
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Happy Holidays!

The Corps Network office will be closed from
December 23 - January 2.
We'll be back at it on January 3. 

If you need immediate assistance, numerous people will be checking email throughout the break. 

Conference workshop descriptions and schedule released 

Preliminary workshop descriptions and a schedule are now available for the 2017 National Conference! We plan to release an overview of plenary sessions and additional workshops in early January. Please note that the schedule and workshop descriptions are subject to change. 

We're excited about this year's lineup; hope you are, too!

help us kick-off the Conference on the evening of 2/11 with a film screening and cocktail hour!

To kick-off our 2017 National Conference, The Corps Network invites you to attend a screening of CITY OF TREES, a documentary film by Meridian Hill Pictures featuring Washington Parks & People's DC Green Corps program.

Among other issues, CITY OF TREES touches on environmental injustice, race, the opportunity gap and the reentry of former offenders. It is a fitting start to The Corps Network's 2017 Conference, 'Moving Forward Together: Promoting Racial, Environmental and Community Equity." We hope this film will help set the tone for the conference, eliciting honest conversations about inequalities and how we confront them. 
The discussion following the screening will include information on how Corps can host a CITY OF TREES screening in their own communities.


December 23 - January 2 
The Corps Network office closed for Holidays

January 16 – last day to book hotel room in TCN block 

February 11Screening of CITY OF TREES

February 12 – 15 The Corps Network 2017 National Conference
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Plan Ahead:
Fee-Free Days in 2017

From American Recreation Coalition

Make a New Year’s resolution to take advantage of fee-free days to enjoy our magnificent national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and more!  The National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will all waive their entrance fees on select dates in 2017, offering all Americans the opportunity to enjoy healthy, active outdoor fun on their public lands and waters.  Most fee-free days, starting with Martin Luther King Day on January 16th, are linked to special holidays and events.  Plus there are often special offers from agency partners to make your visits even more enjoyable.
To find the fee-free days for all of these agencies, visit

Go for a First Day Hike

From American Recreation Coalition

Make a New Year’s Resolution to enjoy more healthy, active outdoor fun in 2017 by taking a First Day Hike at a state park near you!  All 50 states will participate in the sixth annual national event encouraging everyone to celebrate New Year’s Day with a guided outdoor exploration.  “First Day Hikes offer families the opportunity to rejuvenate and reconnect with nature on guided outdoor adventures,” said Domenic Bravo, Wyoming State Park Director and President of the National Association of State Park Directors. “There are shorter options for families with young children, to longer treks for adventure seekers. State parks offer stunning views, unique cultural and historical experiences, and wintering wildlife for everyone to enjoy.”
This year, many locations are including pet-friendly hikes.  Last year, more than 55,000 people collectively hiked over 133,000 miles on more than 1,100 guided journeys.  For more information, including how to find details on every state’s hikes, visit

Op-ed from Dorothy Stoneman

Gun Violence in America: A Call for the Beloved Community 

Our nation and our world were roiled by horrifying and widely publicized killings of innocent good people during 2016. We witnessed killings by police, and killings of police; deliberate mass killings of LGBTQ people and disabled people; killings by self-proclaimed terrorists and killings by loners who are mentally ill. It was hard to sort out intellectually, and hard to absorb emotionally.
Given how much attention has gone to the presidential election, we have stopped talking about it. But we must continue to think about it, and decide what actions would diminish the destructive violence committed by humans against humans. We should not forget about it when a few weeks go by without violence.

Read more

News from The Corps Network
Conference registration and hotel

Don't forget to register and book your hotel for the 2017 National Conference! Hotel rooms are going fast. 


(deadline to book in TCN's block is 1/16/17)

News from the World of Corps
LA Conservation Corps launches "Corpsmember for the Day" social media campaign

On Wednesday, December 21st, LA Conservation Corps started their "Corpsmember for the Day" social media campaign. Throughout the morning and afternoon, they posted various photos and videos of one Corpsmember as he went about his daily activities. 

For this first installment, LACC followed Dean, a member of the LA River Corps. 

Check out LACC's Facebook video page to see some of Dean's stops throughout the day.

Jobs at Corps

Positions recently posted on The Corps Network's Jobs at Corps page include: 

Southwest Conservation Corps
- Veteran Fire Corps Crew Members

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa
- Youth Outdoors Field Coordinator

SBP (St. Bernard Project)
- AmeriCorps & Human Resources Manager

Greencorps Chicago
- Crew Leader, Camping Crew

Southeast Conservation Corps
- Veteran Fire Corps Crew Leader
- Veteran Fire Corps Crew Member

Virginia State Parks
- Community Engagement Manager
- AmeriCorps Program Director

Nevada Conservation Corps
- AmeriCorps Members, Leadership Development Training Program

Interesting Reads
Thank you to Josh Tuohy of the Government Relations Team for pulling these together

Photo of the Week
Urban Corps of San Diego County
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