For the third year running Groundwork USA has partnered with the National Park Service and Yellowstone National Park to offer a week long conservation corps program to Green Team youth from around the country, and for the first time there will be two sessions of the program to ensure that as many youth as possible have a chance to be a part of this great experience. Another first this year, the session one group had a chance to co-exist with Yellowstone’s month long YCC (Youth Conservation Corps) program for a few days.
Groundwork Denver will be sending a total of 4 youth to Yellowstone between both sessions and one pair just recently returned to Denver after completing the program. Green Team members Ashante Kwon Harris and Oscar Macias were accompanied by Groundwork staff member Dele Johnson for session one of the Groundwork Green Corps from August 5th to August 13th. The three joined people from six other Groundwork trusts around the country to do trail work projects, build barriers from raw materials, and campsite management thanks to the guidance of the great staff of the Yellowstone YCC and SCA (Student Conservation Association) interns.
In addition to working hard for the park service the group also enjoyed a two day tour of the park which included a night of back-country camping, seeing the Old Faithful Geyser, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and the Lower Yellowstone Falls among many other awe inspiring features of the world’s first National Park!
Ashante and Oscar were able to share life changing experiences and develop friendships with their peers from the greater Groundwork community and we are so proud of the them for the hard work they accomplished and the personal challenges they overcame. We’re looking forward to sending two more great youth to represent Groundwork Denver in session two starting Monday August 18th.
To see pictures of Ashante, Dele, and Oscar’s adventure in Yellowstone visit our Facebook page.