In 2011 the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) which has been bringing young people to work in Yosemite National Park on restoration projects, celebrates its’ 40th Anniversary. This year, we will be funding three crews of teens, ages 15 – 18 years old, for eight weeks each in this summer work program in Yosemite.
These teens will be participating in campground restoration work that includes repairing and replacing fire rings and picnic tables. They will be assisting with construction of the Native American Village roundhouse using native materials such as grapevines and cedar bark collected by YCC participants last year. And they’ll be in the Tuolumne area working on trail restoration efforts in the backcountry.
Crew members build leadership and team skills, and often have their very first outdoor experience, such as camping. For many it is the beginning of a life-long commitment to protecting these great natural places.