Youth Programs

Picture Yourself in a National Park!

Everyday someone like you becomes a wildland wildfire fighter, a teacher, a trail-builder, a museum curator, and a park ranger. And, like you, they were once earning scout badges and preparing for a career.

Whether you are 8 or 18 there is a national park opportunity for you. Come to play. Come to learn. Come to serve. Develop your environmental leadership skills. Find a job. Be the next generation to preserve and protect these great places.

Connecting Youth to Parks Guidebook is a downloadable resource that was created to help the public find information about programs and opportunities for youth offered by the National Park Service whether that visit is in-park or a virtual visit. 

Watch videos created by and about National Park Service youth participants to see our programs in action across the country. 

Mosaics in Science interns gain valuable on the ground science experience.

Mosaics in Science Internship Program

The Mosaics in Science Internship Program provides youth on the ground, science-based work experience with the National Park Service.

Two youth wearing yellow hard hats

Youth Conservation Corps

Get paid to have fun! Youth 15-18, learn new skills helping restore and protect natural, cultural and historic features.

Urban Archaeology Corps at Santa Monica Mountains NRA

Urban Archaeology Corps

Urban Archaeology Corps affords young people ages 15-26 the opportunity to conduct archaeological tasks to learn about urban national parks.