Southern AZ Youth Outdoor Summit

four photos showing park scenery in southern Arizona and youth group in front of Chiricahua NM entrance sign
Southeast Arizona parks: Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua National Monument, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site.

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Southern Arizona Youth Outdoor Summit (SAYOS)

October 10 -13, 2018

A “youth summit” is a chance for parks and young neighbors to share experiences, ideas, and problem-solving. Participants will examine real-world issues at stake in public lands in southeast Arizona. A select cohort of high school students will be recruited from each park’s local area across Cochise County. The cohort will come together for 4 days of camping, exploring, and volunteer service across southeast Arizona. Each site offers the group a question. For example, as students glove up to help preserve the ruins at Fort Bowie National Historic Site, they will explore, “What are the differences between preserving and restoring historic sites, and how do these actions affect our understanding of the past?” Having examined 21st century issues and challenges of national parks in their neighboring communities, participants will engage in a facilitated dialogue with park officials to recommend steps to take for the next 100 years of the National Park Service.

The calendar begins with a welcome night for families on September 26. The 4-day / 3-night session for participants begins Wednesday, October 10. Coronado National Memorial will host the graduation ceremony on Saturday, October 13 when families will reunite, reminisce, and celebrate their accomplishments while giving parks needed insight into the next generation of public land stewards.

The youth summit is 100% free and open to any current high school student in Cochise County. All travel, gear, and meals will be provided. Graduates of the summit will receive an Interagency Annual Pass, providing free entrance to all national parks and federal lands for a full year, as well as 30 hours of community or volunteer service credit. Plus, each will have gained a network of peers and land management professionals to help advance their academic and career pursuits.

Download Application Forms:

SAYOS Application

Frequently Asked Questions (English)

Frequently Asked Questions (Spanish)


Applications are due September 7th, 2018


Please submit all applications to Kim Wentland, electronically at:

Or by mail at:
Kim Wentland
4101 E Montezuma Canyon Rd
Hereford, AZ 85615

Last updated: August 20, 2018

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