WEN offers a variety of summer programming for high school-aged students. Click below for more information.
Now taking applications for Youth Conservation Corps! Visit the YCC page to find out more.
Liam Wood Fly Fishers: Students spend one week learning to fly fish and tie flies from expert river guides and fly fishing gurus! This summer program is only offered in years with partner funding. Please contact Deb to discuss funding possibilities.
In collaboration with Lolo National Forest, WEN began summer Youth Conservation Corps and Conservation Service Corps (YCC) in 2014. WEN now leads YCC programs employing youth 15-18 years old each summer as support is available through Lolo National Forest.
Youth Conservation Corps: Lolo National Forest (LNF) has a long partnership with WEN to offer a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Summer Monitoring Program. Our 8-member crew of high school-aged youth are paid to spend 4 weeks collecting data in Lolo National Forest lands and waterways. Crew members monitored streams, decommissioned logging roads, and areas restored from mining. In addition to monitoring projects, students met with professionals working on monitoring projects in and around western Montana. Some included, meeting with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks to assist in triangulating collared grizzly bears and observing a bird monitoring program at MPG Ranch in Florence.
21st Century Conservation Service Corps: After a successful 2014 YCC crew, Lolo National Forest collaborated with WEN again for a second youth crew for that summer season. 21st Century Conservation Service funding provided for another youth crew – the CSC crew! Students spent two weeks of paid work monitoring forests and streams in Lolo National Forest. Projects included monitoring flow on creeks that were restoration sites from mining as well as monitoring decommissioned logging roads. Students also watered young planted native plants on a restored creek (restored from logging) to stabilize banks as well as weeded noxious weeds along the way! Keep checking back to see if WEN has secured new 21st Century Conservation Service funding.