Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

Plant a Tree, Get Your Hands Dirty, Become an Environmental Steward


Hundreds of community volunteers have become environmental stewards of Onondaga Lake since the formation of the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps in summer 2012.

The Corps is an expanding organization of community volunteers who are contributing to restoration projects that are creating or improving wildlife habitat in the Onondaga Lake watershed. The Corps seeks to inspire future stewards of Onondaga Lake and its watershed through a hands-on, experience-based program that offers citizens and organizations the opportunity to participate in activities that help restore and sustain Onondaga Lake and its value as an Important Bird Area.

Partners of the Corps include Audubon New York, Montezuma Audubon Center, Onondaga Audubon Society, Parsons, OBG, Anchor QEA, Bond Schoeneck & King, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Habitat Gardening in Central New York, and Honeywell.

Schools, community groups, local organizations, and individuals are welcome. To learn more or participate in future activities, please visit ny.audubon.org/OLCC, contact montezuma@audubon.org or call 315-365-3588.

Onondaga Lake Cleanup Classroom Worksheets

The Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps has developed worksheets for middle school students based on the Onondaga Lake cleanup. The worksheets have been designed to reinforce New York State standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

Students will learn how science, technology, engineering, and math have led to improvements in Onondaga Lake and the surrounding areas. Worksheets can be utilized before, during, and after a visit to the Onondaga Lake Visitors Center. They highlight important aspects of the lake cleanup.