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.

Historic Preservation Virtual Event

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View the July 21 historic preservation event details and recording! You can also watch the recording on our Facebook page (@npsyouth).

Learn More About The Future of Conservation Earth Day Event

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Learn more about the virtual April 22 Earth Day event, "The Future of Conservation: Engaging the Next Generation of Public Land Leaders."

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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.

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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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Internships & Job Opportunities

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

Last updated: August 5, 2021