Thrive: The Power of Community

Join us in 2020 for our 35th Annual National Conference
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February 9 – 12     |     Washington, DC

Workshops & Plenaries


About The Corps Network National Conference

The Corps Network National Conference is an annual gathering of national, state, and local leaders in the fields of workforce development, community service, and conservation. Attendees include approximately 300 directors and senior staff from Service and Conservation Corps across the country; officials from federal agencies; representatives from philanthropic foundations; and friends and supporters of the Corps movement. The event includes over two full days of workshops, inspiring speakers, networking opportunities and more.


About our 2020 National Conference
Thrive: The Power of Community

DATE: February 9 – 12, 2020
LOCATION: Washington, DC – Washington Marriott at Metro Center

We invite you to celebrate the importance of community at The Corps Network’s 35th Annual National Conference. America’s Service and Conservation Corps support many kinds of communities. There is a sense of community among the young people we engage; within the towns and cities we serve; and throughout the lands and waters we maintain and improve. Healthy communities – whether represented through the bonds between crew members or through the innumerable interactions within an ecosystem – are essential to our health as people and organizations.

At “Thrive,” we will examine the power our communities possess; the global and local threats our communities face; and ways we can engage young adults authentically to sustain community health through service. Take part as we move beyond a place of resilience to a place where we can thrive.



The Corps Network invites you to support Thrive, our 35th annual National Conference. As a sponsor, your organization will have multiple opportunities to share your message and promote your brand with professionals who are passionate about workforce development, education, and the stewardship of our public lands and communities.








Click here to register

Early Bird
(before 1/10/20)
Standard Rate
TCN Member $600 $750
Non-Member $725 $850
One-Day Registration N/A $400
Sunday Evening Reception N/A $25



Thrive will include more than two full days of workshops led by our partners, members Corps, and others in the fields of resource management, workforce development, youth development, and education. Workshop proposals were due November 1, 2019.



The Corps Network National Conference offers an opportunity to celebrate extraordinary people and programs in the Corps community. The nomination period for our 2020 awards was November 1. Winners will be announced in December 2019. Questions about awards can be directed to Hannah Traverse, [email protected].

2020 Corpsmember of the Year

Celebrating extraordinary young adults from America’s Service and Conservation Corps
Learn more    |   Read about past awardees  | Read about our 2020 nominees

Congratulations to our 2020 Corpsmember of the Year Awardees

Luis Cabrales – Student Conservation Association (IL)
Rosy Chavez – Montana Conservation Corps (MT)
Alexa Hansen – American YouthWorks (TX)
Bex Love – Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VT)
Ryan Shelton – Conservation Corps of Long Beach (CA)
Harley Tijerina – California Conservation Corps (CA)

2020 Project of the Year

Celebrating project innovation and achievement in the Corps world
Learn more    |   Read about past awardees  | Read about our 2020 nominees

Congratulations to our 2020 Project of the Year Awardees
NJYC – Phillipsburg – Plan “Bee”
Northwest Youth Corps – Rainbow Conservation Crew
Urban Conservation Corps – Los Naturalistas
YouthWork – Adult Community Experience Corps

21CSC Champion of the Year, 2020

Celebrating the partners who help make Service and Conservation Corps successful
Learn more |   Read about past awardees 

Congratulations to our 21CSC Champion of the Year for 2020

Garry Cantley – Bureau of Indian Affairs
Kathy Mick – U.S. Forest Service
Patrick Schulze – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Kim Wren – Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Jim Ziolkowski – National Park Service



The Corps Network National Conference will be at a new venue in 2020. Thrive will take place at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center, located at 775 12th St NW, Washington, DC 20005.

The rate is $184/night for a single or double room.
(this is the government per diem rate for a hotel room in Washington, DC for February 2020)

The last day to book your room in The Corps Network’s block is January 17, 2020.

Click here to book in The Corps Network’s room block.



Thank you to everyone who joined us for
The Corps Network 2019 National Conference


February 10 – 13, 2019  |  Washington, DC

About the 2019 Conference

Washington, DC, The Fairmont Hotel
America’s Service and Conservation Corps build resilient communities and people. Every day, Corps help make habitats healthier, infrastructure stronger, cities more sustainable, homes more efficient, and landscapes more resistant to the effects of natural disasters. In the process of completing important projects across the country, Corps help thousands of young adults gain the certifications, confidence, and work-readiness skills to succeed in their personal and professional lives. With a history spanning over 80 years, the Corps community itself is resilient, adapting to meet the changing needs and priorities of our country. At “Resilience,” we will explore how, through partnerships and creative thinking, Corps can continue to embody and project the ability to withstand, recover, and grow.

Learn more 

Conference Program