Come Explore Our Youth and Young Adult Programs

National parks are places for fun, discovery, exploration, wellness, and service. Youth and young adult programs are designed to connect kids, teens, and young adults to opportunities at national park sites across the nation. These sites contribute to our nation's rich natural, cultural, historical, and recreational resources.

Everyday through these programs, youth and young adults learn what it takes to become a wildland wildfire fighter, a biologist, a trail-builder, a museum curator, a park ranger, and so much more. They also earn scout badges, volunteer in parks, and simply have fun recreating in the great outdoors. Youth and young adults up to age 30 and veterans 35 years old or under 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 public lands and our nation's legacy.

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

Event page with text, "Then/Now/Tomorrow: Empowering Our Future Conservation and Climate Stewards."
Watch the Event Recording!

Missed this event that took place on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 from 2:00pm-3:30pm ET? Watch the recording and read the event recap.

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ICYMI - Watch the Event!

On April 25, 2023, a virtual event took place during National Park Week with NPS, The Corps Network and the National Park Foundation!

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On Tuesday, October 25, we celebrated 65 years of partnership with the Student Conservation Association!

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Learn about the past event, "Our Park Career Path: Corpmembers on Their Growth as Park Stewards."

Volunteering in Parks Virtual Event
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Learn about the past event, "Stories of Service: Empowering Youth and Young Adults to Be the Future Face of Volunteering in National Parks."

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."

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Apply to Internships & Job Opportunities

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

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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.

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: May 20, 2024