Teens collecting prairie seeds in a prairie full of flowers

Youth Volunteers for Conservation

High school students posing with conservation tools in a woodland.Youth Volunteers for Conservation (YV4C) is the Heritage Center's hand's-on program that challenges high school students to make a real impact in caring for Dane County's natural areas.

YV4C engages high school students throughout the school year (September - May) in monthly volunteer habitat conservation projects and outdoor activities. Volunteer workdays are scheduled for the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at a TBD Dane County Park.

Led by a core team of high school student leaders (YV4C Leadership Council) and Dane County Parks staff, student volunteers gain on-the-ground experience in land conservation, build leadership skills, and make new friends. All while enjoying the health benefits of outdoor, physical activity. 

There are two different ways you can ensure Dane County's wild spaces are protected and cared for! Apply to become a Conservation Volunteer or take on additional responsibilities by joining our YV4C Leadership Council. Students may participate over multiple years, though annual applications are required.


Share out this great opportunity with our program flyer or contact Micah Kloppenburg with questions or for additional information: (608) 224-3604.

YV4C Workday FAQs, Schedule, and Sign Ups

Welcome 2021 - 2022 YV4C Volunteers! Please read through our Workday FAQs in preparation for a busy and rewarding year of conservation work.

The schedule for our first eight YV4C Volunteer workdays is detailed below. All workdays take place from 10am - 12pm. Please sign up in advance for the workdays that you would like to participate in.


  Sign Up!   Date   Activity   Location (link to map)   Parking Notes
  Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com   Saturday, September 11   Prairie seed collecting   Pheasant Branch Conservancy   County lot (4864 Pheasant Branch Rd)
  Sunday, October 3   Prairie seed collecting   Lussier Family Heritage Center Prairies   Park in open lot, meet under big oak tree
  Saturday, October 9   Prairie seed collecting   Schumacher Farm County Park   Park in lot back behind barn
  Sunday, October 17   Prairie seed collecting   Ice Age Trail Junciton   Park in lot
  Saturday, October 30   Seed cleaning   4401 Libby Rd (Lake Farm County Park)   Park in gravel lot behind large building
  Sunday, November 7   Seed cleaning   4401 Libby Rd (Lake Farm County Park)   Park in gravel lot behind large building
  Saturday, November 13   Woodland conservation   Donald County Park   Park in gravel lot or along Sutter Dr.
  Saturday, December 11   Woodland conservation   Stewart Lake County Park   Park in lot, meet in shelter







Volunteer Waiver

If you are under 18 and would like to participate in any of our Dane County Parks volunteer activities please download, complete, and return the linked waiver to Micah Kloppenburg (kloppenburg.micah@countyofdane.com) or print off and deliver your signed waiver to Dane County Parks staff the day-of your first volunteer event. Once we have your signed waiver on file you are cleared to participate in any number of our Dane County Parks volunteer events and there is no need to resubmit additional waivers.

*You will not be able to e-sign or save your waiver if you open the waiver in your web browser.*

Volunteer Waiver


Join Youth Volunteers for Conservation

Student Benefits

Student Requirements


Online applications for the 2021 - 2022 YV4C program are closed. Contact Micah Kloppenburg if you are still interested in joining, have questions, or for additional information.


Join the YV4C Leadership CouncilHigh school student volunteers planting native plants next to a stream.

Want to join as a Conservation Volunteer and share your voice in program planning? Become a student leader with the YV4C Leadership Council. We need your voice and ideas to guide and strengthen this program.

As a Leadership Council member you will help recruit new students, lead volunteer stewardship days, and plan program activities. In addition to participating in the once-per-month volunteer service activities, you will also join our monthly YV4C Leadership Council virtual meeting and take on additional projects according to your interests. YV4C Leadership Council members serve a year term (August to August).

Interested in learning more? Connect with the YV4C Leadership Council webpage (in development).


Online applications for the 2021 - 2022 YV4C program are closed. Contact Micah Kloppenburg if you are still interested in joining, have questions, or for additional information.