A Pathway to Stewardship through the Youth Conservation Corps

Young students learning about natural and cultural resources

Young students learning about natural and cultural resources


Quick Facts


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

 During the summer months, members of the Youth Conservation Corps work to keep the park clean and maintained through engaging in meaningful projects, exciting events, and enlightening programs and tours. Their job is combined with resume and interviewing skills, and opportunities to learn of the varied natural and cultural resources within the park. Working alongside rangers and volunteers, these young adults work toward the common goals of the National Park Service while learning first-hand the meanings, purposes, and rewards of both individual and team efforts. The program provides gainful summer employment for young people from diverse social, economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds while emphasizing the importance of resource conservation and stewardship. Gulf Islands National Seashore hosts up to 30 YCC members each summer thereby inspiring the next generation of cultural and natural resource stewards.