Glacier Youth Conservation Corps: Delivering Hands-on Experiences for the Park's Next Generation of Stewards

This project is partially funded. $29,603.75 is still needed to fund this project in full.

The Glacier Youth Corps strives to increase opportunities for youth to serve within Glacier National Park and to deepen their understanding of public lands. This program is a partnership with the Glacier National Park Conservancy, the Montana Conservation Corps, and Glacier National Park.

Each year these organizations work together to bring youth, ages 15-24, to the park to work on projects that include trail maintenance, monitoring of sensitive species, weed elimination, and rehabilitation of historic structures. In providing these opportunities for young adults to work together on conservation projects of lasting benefit to the park, they are able to translate their knowledge and passion for the environment into valuable work experience.

This program also sponsors a Blackfeet crew which focuses on recruiting youth from underserved or tribal communities. This crew will primarily work on joint projects that benefit both the tribal lands and Glacier National Park. The Glacier Youth Corps will also be piloting a new component to this project this year that incorporates middle school youth. This new initiative will bring middle school youth, ages 13-14, into Glacier National Park for two weeks to participate in a combination of service projects and education programs.