Park Provides Outdoor Classroom for Stewardship
Every summer, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) welcomes a crew of teenagers into the park for a summer youth program that will celebrate its 50th anniversary in a few years – the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC).
An employment (minimum wage) and development program based on service-learning principles, YCC engages young people in meaningful work experience on federally managed lands.
For the CRNRA, the work of these young people is essential. They help maintain trails using hand tools, repair bridges, prune vegetation and pick up trash. The students also experience education days which expose them to a variety of conservation topics and experts.
Most of the ten members of this year’s crew hope to enter a field related to natural resources or land management. Do they like the job? Yes! Janae, Rose, Khalik, Nico, Duabo, Liam and Sam (pictured above with Ranger Cedric Talley, far left) explain: “It’s outside and physical. Every day is different. It doesn’t seem like a job. Cedric keeps it fun! We’re introduced to activities we might not have done before, like hiking. We meet new people.”
Every April, the CRNRA advertises the eight-week YCC program online (available for teens aged 15-18) and randomly selects a summer crew. Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy is pleased to support these young people and their work, thanks to YOUR contributions!