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ASL Inclusion Programs

COVID-19 Update: Dear Applicants and Potential Participants,

Our crews and individual placements have always been the foundation and driving force of this organization. The safety of our participants has always been our utmost priority. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 situation, we have activated an Incident Response Team and are working around the clock to monitor and manage the effects of the outbreak. Conservation Legacy and its programs are strictly following guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and local public health agencies. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your program or recruitment staff.

As conditions change, Conservation Legacy policies will evolve—we will post our most recent updates on our website and via social media. Please stay connected for the most up to date information.

We urge everyone to follow CDC and WHO protocols to limit the spread of the virus. We hope that you and your families are well.

In Service,

Conservation Legacy and Program Staff

Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC) is excited to announce the continuation and expansion of the American Sign Language Inclusion (ASLi) crew program.


Following in the footsteps of SECC’s Youth Conservation Corps model, Deaf and Hard of Hearing teens are afforded the opportunity to participate in a program that empowers them to learn and grow through addressing critical conservation service projects such as trail construction and maintenance, habitat restoration, and invasive species management within the Southeast Region.


Currently, no other corps models exist within the Southeast region for Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth to gain job-training skills related to conservation and natural resource management. As such, one of the most exciting pieces of this program is that SECC is equipping these members with the skills needed to seek employment within this field.

As these opportunities grow in collaboration with Deaf communities, organizations like SECC can continue to facilitate programs that lead to a more equitable and inclusive presence within the outdoor industry. This project will continue to grow the legacy of conservation that SECC began in 2013, by connecting young people to their natural environments.


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Each ASLi crew will:

  • Consist of two adult leaders who are fluent in ASL, and six members ages 16-19.
  • Travel, work, camp, and recreate within East Tennessee and North Georgia.
  • Work in partnership with organizations such as Lula Lake Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy of Tennessee, and the U.S. Forest Service.


SECC has received a grant from the Riverview Foundation and funding from the U.S. Forest Service totaling $50,000, for the 2020 ASLi program season. We are close to our necessary funding goal of $60,000 and would love for you to consider a donation in support of this unique and import program model. Visit our Give page and our Adventure Makers page for more information on how to contribute to our continued success!

SECC recognizes its responsibility to engage the next generation of land stewards and hopes that you will join us in building a more inclusive and equitable landscape for Deaf youth.

ASLi Trail Tools

Check out our partner CorpsTHAT

Southeast Conservation Corps is proud to partner with CorpsTHAT, a nonprofit organization supporting Deaf and Hard of Hearing participants in conservation corps programming. Learn more about their fantastic work below!

Learn more!

Catch up on what you missed!

If you weren't able to attend our Virtual Showcase last week, click the link below to watch the recording!

This is the BEST way to learn about our work in communities and conservation and to find out about open opportunities.

Hear from alumni, meet some of our staff, and learn about our diverse programs. We are ALWAYS hiring!

Conservation Legacy Showcase Recording