Youth Education

Youth Education Programs

The Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks in partnership with the National Park Service encourages visiting youth, diverse populations, and local residents to care for their surrounding parks. We provide the funding needed to get youth outside 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 NeighborWorks Salt Lake City, hosts Youth Works in the Parks, a camp for underserved Salt Lake City area high school-aged 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 and service projects, and provides time for participants to interact with land managers and outfitters on 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 service projects within the parks.

“Look Where We Live!” Youth Art in the Parks

Once a year, Moab’s 3rd and 4th-grade classes participate in the "Look Where We Live!" Youth Art in the Parks program. During this program, teachers and volunteers take students into local national parks during their landscape art curriculum. After in-class work, art teachers and Friends volunteers take students on a field trip to a national park to observe the landscape and apply their learning to their art. Student artwork is permanently displayed in the Canyonlands and Arches National Parks visitor centers year-round and published in a book annually.

See student artwork here


Latinos In Action (LIA) Moab Adventure

The Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks partners with the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, Utah chapters of Latinos in Action, and a local river outfitters to host the Latinos in Action Moab Adventure. This program brings LIA high school and college-aged participants to Moab for a weekend of camping, whitewater rafting, ranger-led hikes, and guest speakers that provide information about potential career opportunities.

See the 2017's LIA Camp


Project Archeology

The Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks partners with Project Archeology Utah, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, and the Girl Scouts of Utah to educate youth on the scientific, historical, and cultural significance of archaeological resources. This program gives students a basic understanding of archaeology while teaching the importance of respect and protection for our nation’s rich cultural heritage.

Learn more about Project Archaeology


Pueblo of the Acoma

Working directly with the National Park Service, the Friends provides funding for Native American youth from Arizona to spend a week on the lands of their ancestors: Hovenweep and Natural Bridges National Monuments in southeastern Utah. Youth connect with their ancient lands and spirit world, and experience their ancestral region from the perspective of their own culture. Guided by elders, youth engage in dance, prayer, hiking and exploration, reflection, and discussions in their own language about what the land means to their people.

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