CREC is proud to be an AmeriCorps program, funded in part by the Arizona Governor's Office for Children Youth and Families, The Corps Network, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

CREC is also a founding member of the Mountain Alliance of Conservation Corps, a collaboration of the Conservation Corps in the southwestern United States, including: Canyon Country Youth Corps in Monticello, UT; Nevada Conservation Corps in Reno, NV; Rocky Mountain Youth Corps in Taos, NM; Southwest Conservation Corps in Durango, CO and Tucson, AZ; Utah Conservation Corps in Logan UT; the Wellness Coalition in Silver City, NM; and American Youth Works in Austin TX.

CREC has been accredited as an "ECO Corps" by the Corps Network. ECO is a peer assessment process which recognizes corps that make a commitment to high-quality standards and continuous improvement. Its purpose is to promote and recognize excellence in the Corps movement and provide evidence of a Corps' continued self and outside evaluation. Corps use the process as a tool to identify strengths and challenges and bolster program quality.


  • "Excellence in Corps Operations" (2006 & 2009) - The Corps Network
  • "Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation" (2007) - The Innovation Group
  • "Corpsmember of the Year" (2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012) - The Corps Network
  • "Service Project of the Year" (2006 & 2007 & 2010) - The Corps Network
  • "County Conservation Leadership Award: Honorable Mention" (2006) - Trust for Public Land