Youth Engagement Programs

Our Community Engagement team works with local communities to facilitate meaningful experiences on and around National Forest lands.


Every Kid Outdoors

 4th grade classes throught the Greater Seattle Area visit their forest as a part of our Every Kid Outdoors programming. These field trips include Eagle Watching Experiences, Snowshoe Trips, and Campground Explorations.


Students from Lowell Elementary on an Every Kid Outdoors Field Trip “Field trips like these make the classroom learning authentic. Our Ranger took classroom book learning, and made it real for the students. It was wonderful to see students problem solve and engineer projects in the snow while playing with kids they typically don't play with on the playground.” - 4th grade teacher from Sanislo Elementary 


Students snowshoeing “Many of my students don't get the opportunity to have experiences like this outside of school, this is such a wonderful way for them to experience something like going to the mountains and snowshoeing, with the added benefit of learning about their surrounding environment and how organisms work together within ecosystems.” - 4th grade teacher from Viewlands Elementary


Summer Stewardship Crews

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie works with community organizations in the Greater Seattle Area and Puget Sound to provide multi-day stewardship experiences during the summertime. Youth gain experience working in multiple different program areas with USFS staff, build new skills, and complete meaningful stewardship projects or trail work.


Youth conducting stream bank survey“My parents were always so busy with work and providing for my brother and I, so I never would have gotten the opportunity to explore the Pacific Northwest. Not only do I explore the national forests on my own now, I also bring my parents along… It provided educational and important lessons I wouldn’t have been able to learn in a classroom.”  - Youth Participant 


Stewardship Crew“I enjoyed the freedom and shared responsibility because we were functioning well as a team. The most meaningful part to me was the connections and conversations.” - Youth Participant






Get Involved! Youth and Young Adult Opportunities through our Partners

We work with multiple partners in the Greater Puget Sound that host internships, youth programs and volunteer opportunities. Explore their websites and programs below!

Glacier Peak Institute

Interim CDA – WILD Youth Program

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park – In My Backyard Program

Mobilize Green

Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

North Cascades Institute  

Northwest Youth Corps

Pacific Northwest Trail Association

Seattle Parks & Recreation – Outdoor Opportunities (O2) Program

Student Conservation Association

Washington Conservation Corps

Washington Trails Association

YESC Earth Corps