The DNR works closely with the nonprofit Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa to engage youth and young adults in meaningful service while managing Minnesota's natural resources and heritage. This partnership functions through several programs:
- Field crews and Summer Youth Corps crews complete many projects on public land like prairie restoration, invasive species management, and trail maintenance.
- Increasing Diversity in Environmental Careers is a college-to-careers pathway program for underrepresented STEM college students.
- Individual placement corps members serve within the DNR in roles supporting community outreach, planning, volunteer engagement, and natural resources management.
- I Can Camp! and I Can Paddle! corps members serve as outdoor recreation instructors, helping teach families camping or paddling skills.