Trail Talk: Life on the crew of Grand Teton National Park’s Youth Conservation Program – Week One

This week marks the kick off for a new batch of YCP members. They began their week with intensive training on tool use and park protocols. From there, they honed their skills and worked together to master their knowledge of basic trail maintenance.

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YCP crew member, Alex, works on trail drainage on the Taggart Lake trail. Photo by Tim Anderson, YCP crew leader

Highlights of the week include a delicious lunch with GTNPF board members and donors as well as park staff. The crew also spent a day at historic Menor’s Ferry where they worked tirelessly to prepare the ferry for another year on the Snake River. By the end of the week, Menor’s Ferry was ready to go and team members had dug over 250 drains in the Bradley Taggart and Death Canyon area. Thus far, this year’s YCP has excelled in training and teamwork. We are so excited to see what projects they complete this summer.

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The YCP crew enjoyed the beautiful weather and views during their first week on the trails. Photo by Sam, YCP crew member

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