Youth Education

Youth Education Programs

The Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks supports programs that encourage visiting youth, diverse populations, and local residents to care for their surrounding parks. The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow and we will provide young people with opportunities to explore and form their own connections to the landscapes, and grow as lifelong stewards of national parks.

Youth Works in the Parks

The Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks in partnership with the National Park Conservation Association and Youth Works Salt Lake City hosts a youth camp (Youth Works in the Parks) catered to underserved Salt Lake City area high school age youth.  The camp gives participants the opportunity to experience national parks and the majestic southeast Utah landscape. Youth Works in the Parks camps focus on outdoor education, service projects, and provides times for participants interact with land managers and outfitters on potential job opportunities in natural and cultural resource management.  Youth Works in the Parks camps take place in the spring and fall and include camping, meals, visits to the southeast Utah national parks for ranger-led nature hikes and provides service projects within the parks.

Youth Art in the Parks “Look Where We Live”

Once a year, 4th and 5th-grade classes get to learn about landscape art as part of their school curriculum. Youth Art in the Parks is a Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks program that works with students during the landscape art curriculum to teach about the legacy of Bate's Wilson and his enthusiasm for connecting young people to the national parks. Students then take a field trip to the national park and apply their learning to their art.  The student artwork is exhibited in the Moab area during the month of January.

Check out student artwork here.


Latinos In Action (LIA) Moab Adventure Partnership

The Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks has partnered with the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, O.A.R.S., and Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hiking, and the Outdoors (HECHO) in hosting the Latinos in Action Moab Adventure.  The program brings LIA high school and college-aged participants to Moab for a weekend filled with camping, whitewater rafting, a ranger-led hike, and informational discussion with a variety of special guests that engage Latino youth in the wonders of canyon country.

Check out 2017's LIA Camp

Project Archeology Partnership

The Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks partners with Project Archeology, Utah, The Bureau of Land Management, The National Park Service and Girl Scouts of Utah to educate young girls on the scientific, historical, and cultural significance of archaeological resources, and the importance of protecting our nation's rich cultural heritage. The program uses archeological inquiry to foster understanding of past and present cultures; improve social studies and science education, and enhance citizenship education to help preserve our archeological legacy. This program gives students a basic understanding of how archaeology works and teaches them to respect and protect our nation’s rich cultural heritage.

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