The Youth Conservation Program in Grand Teton National Park is a teen education, stewardship, and employment opportunity that provides much-needed work on heavily used park trails and historic sites. From June to August, 20 sixteen to nineteen year-olds work to improve most critical needs in the park.
The teens focus primarily on rehabilitating trails that receive the most impact by cutting brush and addressing erosion and drainage issues. The crews build bridges and causeways, pull exotic weeds, revegetate disturbed areas, and clear underbrush that fuels fires.
Mentors and instructors teach a wide range of topics, introducing a multitude of park divisions and knowledge that is beneficial for those working and recreating in the outdoors. In seven consecutive seasons, the program has contributed over 50,000 hours of labor and proved it can influence teens in a positive way.
Grand Teton National Park Foundation funds the Youth Conservation Program each year. This valuable crew would not be possible without the support of many generous individuals, foundations, and corporations.