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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

North Cascades is a model for other parks with its youth engagement

From the Seattle Times Sunday edition:

The park’s Pathways for Youth program has two objectives: to instill a love of the outdoors in teens who might not otherwise pull their noses away from a smartphone; and to help recruit youth of diverse backgrounds to the heavily white, middle-class corps of park rangers.
Last year, at least 2,500 youth took part in programs at North Cascades National Park, said Michael Brondi, the park’s youth-program coordinator.
“They’re encouraged to come fall in love with public lands,” he said.

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