Yellowstone National Park is currently recruiting young men and women between the ages of 15 and 18 for the 2018 Youth Conservation Corps. Youth Program Manager Bob Fuhrmann explains what this program is all about.

“It is a program where teens from around the country can come to Yellowstone and live for a month,” said Furhmann. “It is a work, learn, play and grow type of program. They get to live and work in Yellowstone for a month doing various work projects around Yellowstone. We also have a robust education program and recreation program on weekends.”

Furhmann says participants will be required to live in the park, with room and board being provided at a minimal cost.

“They get to work on trails by doing some trail rehabilitation throughout the park,” Furhmann said. “They get to install what we call bear boxes, but they are large food storage boxes in some of the campgrounds in Yellowstone. They get to build fences to protect the resource and the public while they are here in the park.”

Two, month-long sessions will be offered this summer. According to Furhmann, about sixty youth will be selected from across the country to participate in the program. Applications are being accepted on the YCC program webpage from now until March 1.