The YCC Alpha Crew 2021 at their Canyon Campground bear box installation. Photo: Jacob W. Frank // NPS

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — This past summer in Yellowstone National Park, the 2021 Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) crews and staff completed multiple projects during its five-week program.

The following projects were completed:

  • Installed 58 bear-proof food storage boxes in campgrounds
  • Installed 13 new trailhead signs and removed 5 outdated ones
  • Collected 52.25 hours of visitor use pattern data and distributed 288 GPS units to hikers to better understand trail usage at Norris Geyser Basin, Midway Geyser Basin, and Fairy Falls Trailhead
  • Picked up 5,389 pieces of trash
  • Completed 4 pika surveys for the Yellowstone Pika Project
  • Collected 3 pronghorn scat samples and herd demographics for the Home on the Range Project
  • Collected 46+ dragonfly larvae from the Firehole River and Lake of the Woods for the National Mercury Dragonfly Project
  • Split ½ cord of firewood for the YCC campus and other youth work groups’ use

YCC is a residential work-based education program for young men and women between the ages of 15 and 18. It is an opportunity for teenagers across the country to work, learn, play, and serve in the world’s first national park.

The program is designed to develop an appreciation for the nation’s natural resources and heritage through unique educational, recreational, and work experiences. Corps members work together with National Park Service (NPS) staff to complete conservation projects such as trail rehabilitation, campground restoration, and a wide variety of resource management, visitor support services, and maintenance projects.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She's a lover of alliteration, easy-to-follow recipes and board games when everyone knows the rules. Her favorite aspect about living in the Tetons is the collective admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.