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Branching Out Youth Program

Branching Out: An Exploration in Landscape Management for City Youth provides young people with an overview of landscape management practices through educational workshops and hands-on field experiences. As participants progress through the program, they gain knowledge and field applicable skills. Branching Out offers summer work opportunities and a variety of learning experiences during the school year. Throughout the course of the program, participants work with program staff to explore opportunities for education and career placement.

Program Goals:

• Offer youth a sequenced curriculum in the field of landscape management

• Foster opportunities for participants to pursue employment and educational
pathways in the field of landscape management

• Provide facilities maintenance and resource management to national parks

• Expose participants to the National Park Service and associated sites

• Forge connections between youth and their community landscapes

Branching Out offers many opportunities for individuals with a variety of backgrounds and interests. Field Team members are introduced to the landscape management profession through educational workshops and hands-on work at national park sites throughout the Northeast Region. Park-based Internships are available for individuals with introductory knowledge of landscape management who are seeking to gain more experience by working along side National Park Service professionals during an 8-12 week career exploration. Advanced Placement Internships focus on program coordination, outdoor education, and landscape preservation planning and maintenance.

 

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(Photo) Branching Out Program participants providing care to the historic Hopewell Furnace orchard in Elverson, Pennsylvania