Youth Heritage Project

Engaging youth in historic preservation

What is Youth Heritage Project?

YHP 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 is designed to introduce historic preservation to students and excite the next generation of leaders that will advocate for historic places.

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.

The location and study topics for YHP change annually; the Washington Trust is pleased to be able to host YHP throughout our beautiful state. To learn more about the history of YHP, check out our Program History. Questions? Please contact Jennifer Mortensen by email.

Student videos from in Tacoma & Gig Harbor are now online!

2017 YHP Student Projects

Free for students and teachers to attend

Any high school-age youth may apply; this includes seniors who will graduate in the spring of 2017 and 8th graders who will enter high school in fall of 2017. Full program scholarships covering lodging, meals, programming, and travel during YHP activities will be awarded to all accepted applicants. All applications are individual—students apply independently of their teachers and vice versa. 

The application for YHP 2018  in North Cascades National Park is not yet open. 

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Thank you to our program partners for allowing us to offer YHP at no cost to our participants:
Department of Archaeology + Historic Preservation