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National Park Foundation: Inspiring the Next Generation of Park Stewards

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By the National Park Foundation

National parks offer the perfect setting for powerful learning experiences. Through the 21stCentury Conservation Service Corps,  youth and veterans, including low income and disadvantaged youth, undertake jobs that not only protect, restore, and enhance our national parks, but also offer opportunities to develop technical and leadership skills.

Corps members gain invaluable training and work experience as they participate in important conservation and restoration work on national park lands, waterways, and cultural heritage sites.

From constructing, maintaining, and designing sustainable and accessible trails, to repairing stone and log retaining walls and bridges, to restoring and painting historic buildings, their efforts establish these young people as stewards of natural and cultural resources, communities, and the nation.

At Rocky Mountain National Park, youth crews restored historic buildings and resurfaced accessible trails around Lily Lake to ensure continued access for all visitors.

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