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    Grand Teton

    National Park Wyoming

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  • Bears are active in Grand Teton

    Black and grizzly bears are roaming throughout the park--near roads, trails and in backcountry areas. Hikers and backcountry users are advised to travel in groups of three or more, make noise and carry bear spray. Visitors must stay 100 yards from bears. More »

  • Area closure in the area around Baxter's Pinnacle

    An area closure is in effect around Baxter's Pinnacle to protect nesting peregrine falcons. This closure precludes any climbs of Baxter's Pinnacle and usage of the walk-off gully. This closure will be in effect through 8-15-2013. More »

Youth Conservation Program

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YCP participants work on Menor's Ferry

The Youth Conservation Program (YCP) in Grand Teton National Park was described by one participant's parent as the, "opportunity of a lifetime. It teaches folks the value of hard work … and the importance of many of the NPS programs in place which keep our parks healthy, fun and safe." Based on a similar program in Acadia National Park, the YCP is made possible by generous contributions from private donors through the Grand Teton National Park Foundation.

The YCP gives local teenagers an opportunity to spend the summer working while learning about and making significant improvements to the resources of Grand Teton National Park. Managed through the park's Trails Program, the majority of the work done by the YCP is in the area of trail maintenance. The YCP also collaborates with other park divisions on a variety of resource protection projects including fire management and historic resource preservation.

The YCP offers ten weeks of employment opportunity for teenagers between the ages of 16-19 in one of the "crown jewels" of the National Park Service system.

Application for 2014
2014 YCP Application

Applications are due March 21, 2014 for the summer. (Date extended!)
 
YCP Participants 2013

2013 YCP Participants

2013 Youth Conservation Program in Grand Teton National Park
The YCP is a teen education, stewardship and employment opportunity that provides much-needed work on heavily used park trails and historic sites.
Enjoy this 5 minute video produced by the participants of the summer 2013 program.

Click here for the video link.

Did You Know?

Close-up of a lodgepole pine cone

Did you know that lodgepole pine trees grow on glacial moraines in Jackson Hole? Glacial moraines are ridges of rocky debris left behind as Ice Age glaciers melted. The soil on these ridges retains moisture and is more hospitable to trees than the cobbly, porous soil on the outwash plain.