In 2011 the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) which has been bringing young people to work in Yosemite National Park on restoration projects, celebrated its 40th anniversary. In the same year, Conservancy donors funded three crews of teens, ages 15 – 18 years old, for eight weeks each in Yosemite’s summer work program.
These teens participated in campground restoration work that included repairing and replacing fire rings and picnic tables. They assisted with construction of the Native American Village roundhouse using native materials such as grapevines and cedar bark collected by previous YCC participants. Youth crews were also 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.