Youth Crews Team Up to Build New Amphitheater

SCA and YCC Crews

Youth crews building a new trail and amphitheater at the Copper Center Visitor Center

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A Student Conservation Association (SCA) crew and local Youth Conservation Crew (YCC) teamed up to work on a new amphitheater and trail near the Copper Center visitor center. Both crews were high school students who gained valuable skills while building a new trail. Led by their crew leaders, the students removed the vegetation mat that was later planted on steeper slopes to prevent erosion. They also hauled many yards of gravel that was laid down to provide a sustainable trail that visitors will be able to enjoy for years to come.

For the students, the experience was an opportunity for them to develop work skills as well as learn about park resources. They accomplished a tremendous amount of work in a very short period of time, three weeks. Their hard work will benefit many visitors who will enjoy a longer trail that leads to an overlook of the Copper River. The park can now present Ranger programs in a beautiful new setting.

The YCC program has been utilized by the park for many years but utilizing a SCA youth conservation crew was a new partnership for the park. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve has used SCA Interns in the past but not a conservation crew. They completed over 1500 feet of new trail and the professionalism of the crew was outstanding.  The park plans to continue this partnership in the future.