Olympic National Park
July 9-12, 2019
Olympic National Park (ONP) as the location for YHP 2019 will provide the opportunity for students to explore the balance between managing cultural and natural resources within National Parks and designated Wilderness Areas. YHP is all about place-based learning and hands-on activities. Discover Washington through the Youth Heritage Project!
During this four-day field school program, students will participate in activities designed to educate youth about the pre-history of the Park; early development of tourist- and recreation-related enterprises intended to increase visitation to this remote region; the construction projects and legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the Park; the establishment of Olympic National Park; and the ongoing protection and maintenance of Park resources and wilderness lands. Students will also have the opportunity to hear from local tribes about the connection to the Olympic Peninsula, the history of land use, and conservation practices from a tribal perspective.
Several resources and locations on the Olympic Peninsula will provide excellent case studies for the students to explore the concepts of cultural and natural resources and the overlap between them. Read more about the history Olympic National Park.
This program is offered FREE OF COST for those accepted through generous funding from our partners and sponsors. Participating students can also earn 10 service hours toward Washington State high school graduation requirements.
YHP is an overnight program and all participants will be lodging at the NatureBridge Olympic Conference & Events Center near Port Angeles. Parents/guardians are responsible for transporting participants to NatureBridge on July 9 by 1pm and picking participants up from Port Angeles on July 12 by 3pm.
Applications for 2019 are now closed.
We are no longer seeking applications for the 2019 Youth Heritage Project. If you are interesting in future programs, we encourage you to sign up for emails. Any high school-age youth may apply for this program; this includes seniors who will graduate in the spring and 8th graders who will enter high school in fall. We also seek teachers to attend as group leaders. All applications are individual—students apply independently of their teachers and vice versa.
Other questions? Contact Jennifer Mortensen at 206-462-2999 or email@example.com.