Engaging the next generation on the PCT

Last week, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell issued a Secretarial Order to expand programs that connect America’s young people to the great outdoors.

We’re heavily involved with connecting youth to the great outdoors. In 2013, 39% of the PCT’s 81,000 trail maintenance volunteer hours were accomplished by partnerships, youth corps’ and other youth programs. This work not only restores the PCT but it connects youth to nature, develops future citizen stewards and builds professional job skills. Besides the actual trail maintenance skills developed on a trail crew, youths also learn about conserving America’s great outdoors, leadership, teamwork and job safety.

Our trail maintenance program is just one of the ways that we’re connecting young people to the great outdoors.

Watch this new video where Secretary Sally Jewell lays out her vision for getting America’s youth to play, learn, serve and work outdoors. We’re doing that on the PCT.

Author: Jack "Found" Haskel

As the Trail Information Manager, Jack works to connect people to the PCT. He's involved with a wide variety of projects that help the trail, the trail's users and the community that surrounds the experience. He has thru-hiked (Pacific Crest Trail in 2006; Colorado Trail in 2008; Continental Divide Trail in 2010) and is an obsessed weekend warrior.