We can inspire the next generation of park stewards
A particularly exciting new development is Regional Parks' Youth Career Pathways Program. A year-round Youth Crew is hired to work on park natural resources projects in the community. The Youth Crew gives young people the opportunity to explore outdoor careers and learn about an array of environmental education and natural resources topics. Specifically, the Regional Parks Youth Crew will:
Regional Parks’ Youth Crew would not be the robust program it is today without continued funding from the Parks Foundation. Foundation Funds purchased the crew van that transports our crew members, many of whom are not licensed to drive when they enter the program, to the worksite each day. Foundation funding pays for many of the specialized tools that the crew uses, such as chainsaws and line trimmers, and helps cover the cost of crew wages on professional development days, when crew members are trained on high-value skills such as welding. In the absence of these funds, the program would be significantly less impactful."