Tuesday, July 7- Friday, July 10, 2020
Youth Heritage Project is all about place-based learning and fun, hands-on activities. This annual interactive field school hosts 40 high school students and eight teachers for four days and three nights, connecting them to historic, cultural, and natural resources in Washington. It is FREE OF COST for accepted participants and students can earn 10 service hours.
Applications for YHP 2020 are due by April 11, 2020.
YHP 2020: Maritime Washington National Heritage Area
The location and focus of YHP changes each year to provide participants with the chance to explore new parts of our state and focus on pressing, real-world issues in the realms of history, preservation, and resource management. In 2020, we are thrilled to host YHP in Port Townsend so that our participants can explore the recently designated Maritime Washington National Heritage Area.
Washington’s iconic Victorian seaport—with its grand waterfront, abundant natural resources, thriving maritime trades, and still operational historic tall ships—will provide an excellent historic laboratory for our participants. From our base at historic Fort Worden, YHP students will immerse themselves in local maritime culture and have the chance to experience the coastline by land and by sea. Participants will explore how Port Townsend honors its maritime heritage and work with local partners to provide their own perspectives on how the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area can support tourism and economic development for the region.
We hope you are able to join us for four days of maritime exploration, hands-on learning, and active adventures at this year’s YHP!
Cost and Application Details
This program is FREE OF COST for those accepted through generous funding from our partners and sponsors. For students accepted to the program, all lodging, meals, and activity costs are covered for the duration of YHP. Students are responsible for their own travel to and from Port Townsend; however, we do offer a limited shuttle between Seattle and Port Townsend before and after the program. If the cost of transportation to and from Port Townsend/Seattle is prohibitive for your family, please contact us by email or call us at 206-624-9449 to discuss potential options.
Any high school-age youth may apply; this includes seniors who will graduate in the spring of 2020 and 8th graders who will enter high school in fall of 2020. We are also seeking teachers to attend as group leaders. All applications are individual—students apply independently of their teachers and vice versa.
Applications are due by Saturday, April 11, 2020. Participants will receive word of the committee’s application decisions by early May.