About Youth Programs

National parks are places for fun, discovery, exploration, wellness, and service. Youth Programs are designed to connect kids, teens and young adults just like you with opportunities at national parks sites to contribute to our nations rich natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources in your own way. 

Everyday someone like you becomes a wildland wildfire fighter, a biologist,  a teacher, a trail-builder, a museum curator, and a park ranger. And, like you, they were once earning scout badges, volunteering, and just having fun hiking and biking in the great outdoors. Youth and young adults ages up to age 30 and veterans 35 years old or younger are invited to discover opportunities in national parks. Come to explore and recreate, Come to learn. Come to volunteer. Develop your environmental leadership skills. Find a career. Be a part of the next generation to preserve and protect our nation's rich legacy.


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See all the cool things that youth are doing in national parks across the country.

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Internship Opportunities

Internships are a way to acquire hands-on work experience while helping preserve and protect our nation’s public lands.

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Girl Scout Rangers & 19th Amendment

Coming soon! Girl Scouts can earn a limited edition commemorative patch in celebration of the 19th Amendment centennial.

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Youth Conservation Corps

YCC members work on projects, which promote awareness and appreciation of the public lands legacy.

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Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship

Mosaics in Science interns gain science experience while assisting national parks with research,GIS, interpretation, education and more.

Last updated: March 11, 2020