Connecting Tribal Youth to the Land in North Cascades
North Cascades National Park partnered with the Upper Skagit Tribe, Northwest Indian College, WSU Master Gardeners program, and Skagit County Compost and Waste Management for this important project. Together, these organizations were able to bring tribal youth into the park to work with the park's native plant propagation program and develop stewardship, leadership and job skills. The program involved 79 tribal youth in a variety of different plant education and volunteer opportunities with the National Park Service staff. The funding also helped support 3 Northwest Indian College
interns as they developed curriculum and strategies to teach native youth about
plants and traditional ways of life. The park received 176 hours of volunteer
service work by native youth and supervisors as a result of the Connecting
Tribal Youth grant.
Photo and information courtesy of NPS.