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 to opportunities at national parks sites across the nation. These sites contribute to our nations rich natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources in your own way. 

Everyday through programs youth learn what it take to become a wildland wildfire fighter, a biologist, a trail-builder, a museum curator, and a park ranger. And, 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.

Volunteering in Parks Virtual Event

ICYMI - Watch the Event Recording!

Missed the November 10 event with NPS Youth Programs Division, NPS Volunteers-In-Parks Program, and National Park Foundation? Watch it here.

Learn More About the Career Opportunities in Historic Preservation Event

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Learn about the past event, "Passing the Hammer: An Intergenerational Conversation About Career Opportunities in Historic Preservation."

Learn More About The Future of Conservation Earth Day Event

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Learn about the past event, "The Future of Conservation: Engaging the Next Generation of Public Land Leaders."

A young woman wearing a caving helmet and harness reaches forward to grab a handhold while caving.

Find Internships & Job Opportunities

Internships & job opportunities are ways to acquire hands-on work experience while helping to preserve & protect our nation’s public lands.

Ranger talking to Girl Scouts in the woods

Girl Scout Ranger Program

National Park Service and Girl Scouts of the United States of America have partnered to create the Girl Scout Ranger Program. Learn more.

YCC crews poses for photo.

Youth Conservation Corps

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


Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger

Explore national parks and learn about the NPS mission. Participate in a volunteer service project and earn a certificate or award.

Last updated: November 15, 2021