Youth Conservation Corps
Gulf Islands National Seashore

YCC Students
Young students learning about natural and cultural resources
NPS

Quick Facts

GETTING READY FOR 2016:

A Call to Action
Action Item:
Value Diversity
Also Promotes:
Next Generation Stewards
State:
Florida
Year Accomplished:
2012

Visitors are likely to see young people (ages 15-18) wearing work pants, gray Youth Conservation Corps tee-shirts, and khaki hats while painting, weeding, picking up beach trash, or clipping branches off trails and roadways. These students do more than work! They learn about the National Park Service and how to protect America's natural and cultural resources. The program also provides gainful employment for young people from different social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.

 

Gulf Islands has the largest Youth Conservation Corps program in the Southeast Region of the National Park Service and hosts about 30 students every summer.