Baltimore Conservation Leadership Corps

Summer outdoor learning experience for high school students
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Baltimore Conservation Leadership Corps (BCLC) is a five-week summer leadership program that helps high school students from Baltimore City develop job skills, remain physically active, and learn more about the environment through a variety of conservation projects.

BCLC members work throughout the city to improve our parks and gardens. Some crews work on hiking trails in city parks, repairing erosion damage and making them safer for hikers. Other crews work to create and improve Baltimore’s urban farms, gardens, and orchards. Some crews even paint outdoor murals! All crews do their part to remove litter from Baltimore’s green spaces and waterways. Once a week, all BCLC members gather together for an education day with topics ranging from stream ecology to financial literacy.

BCLC is fully hired for the 2017 season. Check back next winter for the 2018 application.


Contact Program Manager Laura Luttrell at or  410-366-8533

Briona - BCLC high school student, 2012 & 2013

“I was in the BCLC program for two summers. We worked in Leakin Park to create a new trail. When we first viewed the area where we’d build the trail, I was discouraged by how difficult it looked. The first week my crew and I got out on the trail and got about 200 feet done. This trail that I had assumed would be a major challenged turned out to be very minor, with a few setbacks. We encountered bee and wasp nests, mud puddles, slippery areas, and lots of roots, but with our group’s hard work and dedication we were able to get it done. This program taught me to be patient, how to work together, never give up, and strive to complete any goal I set for myself.”

Molly - BCLC high school student, 2013

“We did a lot of hard work for our community. This program showed me that everything and anything is possible for our community. I’ve learned a lot about animals, farms, and trail building.”