Youth Conservation Crews

Crew members using cross cut saw to cut fallen log.

Skill-building conservation service opportunities for waitlisted National Crew candidates!

  • 6 to 8 teenagers per crew
  • Serve 4 weeks in the summer
  • Supervised by two experienced adult leaders
  • Cost $2750 for 3 week crews, $3000 for 4 week crews (plus the cost of travel to the site)
  • Financial aid is available

2016 Crew Projects

  • Denali National Park, Alaska
    June 13 to July 10
    Four weeks
    You’ll create new hiking trails and explore a piece of Denali National Park’s 6 million acres of wild lands, while calling Wonder Lake your home.
    Boys: FULL
    Girls: FULL

  • Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
    July 11 to August 7
    Four weeks
    Prepare to live deep in the backcountry in the amazing Rocky Mountains as you learn how to use timber and rock to maintain hiking trails.
    Boys: 1 spot available
    Girls: 2 spots available

  • Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska
    July 18 to August 14
    Four weeks
    Using traditional crosscut saws, clear hiking trails of downed trees as you live in the backcountry of this beautiful and remote park.
    Boys: 1 spot available
    Girls: 1 spot available

  • NEW!
    NatureBridge Marine Science Exploration Crew, Washington 
    July 10 to July 29
    Three weeks
    This crew is focused on leadership, service, and scientific research.  Members will navigate rugged coastline, monitor and remove marine debris, and apply scientific methods to research questions inspired by the unique coastal ecosystem within Olympic National Park.  
    Boys: 1 spot available
    Girls: FULL

How to apply:

  1. Send an email to
  2. Include the subject line “Waitlist Crews”
  3. List your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice positions
  4. Make sure your dates of availability match the dates of the positions you’re interested in

Admissions Process

  • Selected candidates will receive an email offer with the dates and location of their position
  • You will have the opportunity to accept or decline the offer
  • If you accept, you will receive:
    • Medical Form
    • Conditions of Acceptance Form
    • Member Handbook Acknowledgment Form
    • Tuition payment and financial aid information
    • Location information for planning your travel to the site
  • Candidates who are not selected will be informed via email