The Conservation Corps State Museum
Camp San Luis Obispo, California
The Civilian Conservation Corps Legacy

Beautiful San Luis Obispo, on the central coast of California, is home to the Conservation Corps State Museum. Established August 18, 1995 and housed in four barracks buildings on the grounds of historic Camp San Luis Obispo, the museum documents the youth corps movement of the 20th century. The four buildings contain displays of artifacts and memorabilia related to the history and operations of all conservation corps that operated in California - past, present and into the future.

The Past: The Civilian Conservation Corps
Their Motto: "We Can Take It!"

"I propose to create a Civilian Conservation Corps to be used in simple work, not interfering with normal employment,and confining itself to forestry, the prevention of soil erosion, flood control and similar projects. More important, however, than the material gains, will be the moral and spiritual value of such work.

-- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The Civilian Conservation Corps Building: Step back into time and find yourself in a representation of a 1930s CCC barracks, complete with tools, uniforms and other artifacts used by Roosevelt's "Forest Army."

The National Association of Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni (NACCCA) Building: The library and research center in housed in the National Association of Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni Buildings. The museum's historian has assembled more than 100 binders containing photos of "CCC boys" in camps, documentation of camp locations and work done, letters written home, discharge papers and much more. The museum welcomes anyone wishing to do research about the Civilian Conservation Corps.


The Present and Future
Walking in the footsteps of the Civilian Conservation

Today's Conservation Corps Building: Although the Civilian Conservation Corps ended in 1942, the idea lived on in the nation's heart and mind. In 1976, Governor Jerry Brown launched the California Conservation Corps. It became a permanent state agency in 1983. That same year, the first urban conservation corps programs came into being. There are now 11 local nonprofit conservation corps programs operating throughout California.

The California Conservation Corps Building is dedicated to documenting the achievements of the many present-day corps programs within California.

The Conservation Corps Institute (CCI) Building: The CCI Building holds information concerning the youth corps movement. The documents spans the decades from the 1930s to the present day. Literature may be found from the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps, the federal AmeriCorps program, the California Conservation Corps and many of the local corps programs.

Hours of Operation

The museum is open to the public by appointment; for more information call (805) 788-0517. You may e-mail the museum in care of CCI Board Member Sam Duran at or write to Conservation Corps Museum and Institute, P.O. Box 13510, San Luis Obispo, California, 93406.


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