Trail Talk: A look into Grand Teton’s Youth Conservation Program – Week One

This week began a promising season for the 2016 Youth Conservation Program (YCP). After training and orientation, the crew received their amazing uniforms and prepared for a busy summer of work in Grand Teton National Park.

Marmot packs

Thanks to Marmot for providing the crew with backpacks and rain gear, Mountain Khakis for providing work pants, TechMesh and Lee’s Tees for providing work shirts, Skinny Skis for providing hiking boots, and Columbia Sportswear for providing sun hats. Photo by Tim Anderson.

Tuesday began with some team building and a speech from Sally Jewell, the Secretary of the Interior, at Grand Teton’s visitor center in Moose. After meeting Secretary Jewell, the crew worked on the historic Menor’s Ferry and peeled logs for the new bridge at the Lucas Fabian Homestead, which will be installed later this summer.


The YCP crew had the incredible opportunity to meet Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

The last two days of the work week were focused on trail maintenance training and digging drains around String Lake and in Death Canyon. Blisters and callouses have begun to form, but it looks to be the start of a summer full of hard work for this group of dedicated teens.

Walking-in-Death-Canyon-resizedWorking in Death Canyon. Photo by Tim Anderson.

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