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FUTURE STEWARDS

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FRIENDS’ commitment to our stewardship of the Parkway drives our work today and our focus on the future. The Future Stewards program educates and engages today’s youth in conservation, ecology and forest stewardship, fostering long-term commitment and volunteerism for this pristine park and its incredible natural resources.

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I am glad I will not be young in a future without wilderness.
Aldo Leopold
Author, Scientist, Forester and Environmentalist

Involving young people, from elementary school to college age, as volunteers gives them a first hand look at the impact of their work and helps to develop a life long love of the outdoors. To further this end, FRIENDS works with the National Park Service (NPS) to identify projects and provide training and supervision. FRIENDS also funds environmental education for youth through our Youth Volunteers-in-Parks program, supports Student Conservation Association (SCA) work on the Parkway as well as an Alternative Spring Break program that brings in groups of university students for spring and fall projects on the Parkway.

[This program] lets them have a chance to get their hands dirty. Becoming involved lets young people know that they can make a difference, that the Parkway is part of their heritage, and that it is important that they help preserve it.
Leesa Sutton Brandon, Parkway Community and Partnerships Coordinator
Throughout the years, our Future Stewards have amassed more than [insert_php]echo YVIP_TOTAL_HOURS;[/insert_php] volunteer hours.