Youth Programs



Summer Youth Conservation Crew

Thanks to funding from the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps and several others, the North Fork John Day Watershed Council hires crews of local teenagers every summer to work on watershed enhancement and restoration projects. Last year these projects included wildlife fence repair, trail maintenance and invasive weed removal. Overall this summer employment program provides our local youth the opportunity to learn new skills and enjoy the local environment while gaining what is, for many of them, their first paid work experience.

2016 Summer Youth Program


Blue Mountains Field Institute

In the fall of 2013, the North Fork John Day Watershed Council began partnering with the Long Creek Schools and the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps to offer a new educational opportunity for local area teenagers. Students earn college tuition vouchers and high school credit while learning about and working on a wide range of natural resource topics and stewardship projects. Aspen stand restoration, the construction and monitoring of a bluebird trail, and planting willow stakes to assist with stream channel restoration were just some of the projects students participated in during the 2013-14 school year. The program has expanded in 2016 to include students from all of Grant County, including Ukiah and Dayville.  Upcoming topics and projects include pollination, bats, birds and bees.


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