We at the Yellowstone Park Foundation may be a little biased, but we believe you would be hard pressed to find a more hardworking and dedicated group of professionals than the staff of Yellowstone National Park. But even this amazing team needs some outside assistance, from time to time, to help protect precious Park resources while serving three million visitors per year.
Consider these statistics:
- Yellowstone encompasses 2.2 million acres.
- The Park has 466 miles of roads and 1,000+ miles of trails.
- Park staff maintain more than 1,000 buildings, 7 campgrounds, and 52 picnic areas.
Fortunately, Yellowstone can turn to friends like the Yellowstone Park Foundation, and supporters like you, for help. They also rely on the assistance of volunteers and partner groups.
One of these partner groups is the Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps (YCC). Because they do much of their work “behind the scenes,” you may not have heard of this residential work program for young people aged 15 to 18. However, they have been helping Yellowstone -- while offering teens a once-in-a-lifetime experience -- for more than two decades.
Each summer, YCC members work together under adult leadership to complete a wide variety of conservation and maintenance projects such as trail rehabilitation, campground restoration, and natural resource management. The program is designed to help participants develop an appreciation for the nation's natural resources and heritage through unique educational, recreational, and work experiences.
The Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps Program is supported by the Yellowstone Park Foundation through generous donations from the million-plus men and women of the Moose fraternal organization. Since 1989, Moose International has contributed nearly $3 million in support of Yellowstone's YCC Program.
We’d like to thank the staff of Yellowstone, hundreds of past Corps participants, Moose International, and all supporters of the Yellowstone Park Foundation for making the Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps program a great success!
The Yellowstone Park Foundation
P.S. Want to find out about other service corps programs? Learn about Youth Conservation Corps in other national parks, or find conservation and service corps for young adults aged 16-25.
Yellowstone is Now Recruiting
Imagine having a chance to learn, play, and work in the world's first national park! Yellowstone National Park is now recruiting for the 2010 Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Program.
Get details here
Watch a Video
See the Yellowstone YCC in action! Watch an 8-minute video, filmed with the 2007 YCC group, courtesy of Moose International.
YCC Project Highlights
What are some specific projects the YCC has completed in the Park?
Find out here
--Yellowstone YCC participant