Engaging youth in historic preservation
North Cascades National Park • July 10-13, 2018
Experience the majestic beauty of the North Cascades, while learning about its historic built environment, this summer at the Washington Trust’s Youth Heritage Project (YHP). Join us for a program that will explore the balance between protecting both historic and environmental resources, and the role of our national parks in the field of historic preservation. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience this “crown jewel wilderness” called the North Cascades!
Any high school-age youth may apply; this includes seniors who will graduate in the spring of 2018 and 8th graders who will enter high school in fall of 2018. We are also seeking teachers to attend as group leaders. All applications are individual—students apply independently of their teachers and vice versa.
Students will earn 10 service hours by participating in YHP!
To make YHP accessible to all, full program scholarships covering lodging, meals, programming, and activities will be awarded to all accepted applicants making the program free of cost.
The application for YHP 2018 at North Cascades National Park is now OPEN!
What is Youth Heritage Project?
Youth Heritage Project is an annual multi-day (overnight) heritage field school that engages high school age youth and teachers by connecting them to historic, cultural, and natural resources in Washington. YHP engages students hands-on as they expand their knowledge about historic preservation and develop an understanding of how cultural resources affect a community. Participants are asked to develop their own ideas about why preservation matters and how remembering the past can be a crucial part of a sustainable future. In addition to exposing students to the benefits of historic preservation, YHP strives to teach youth that they can be a part of shaping their own communities through participation and activism. Through YHP the Washington Trust seeks to inspire and excite our youth — the next generation of community leaders — to get involved and advocate for saving the places that matter to them.
YHP fulfills a long-standing goal of the Washington Trust to engage younger and more diverse audiences in the important work of historic preservation. We work to widely recruit across all socio-economic backgrounds and offer the program free of cost to accepted applicants in order to have as diverse a group and collection of ideas as possible.
The location and study topics for YHP change annually and any high school-age youth may apply. Questions about YHP? Please contact us by email.