Youth Programs

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stewardship opportunities


Our youth programs primarily benefit Summit County youth ages 6-18. Through FDRD stewardship opportunities, youth learn the  value of land stewardship and embark on projects that benefit our community, and the people who visit our National Forest lands each year. Many of our youth projects occur over the summer and are coordinated in partnership with schools, local nonprofits and youth groups.  These partnerships have enabled FDRD to offer stewardship opportunities for youth that might not otherwise have access to our programs. In turn, our partner organizations benefit from access to youth-oriented service learning opportunities.

Contact schedule a day for your youth group or school to join us on the trails! 

interactive educational programs


 This winter, FDRD is embarking on an exciting new initiative to reach more youth through expanded winter education and stewardship programs. Our youth “Education in Action” series can be catered to many different needs of local youth groups. Possible topics include animal adaptations, scats and tracks, and fun with snow science. We are proud to partner with the Winter Wildlands Alliance to provide their Snow School curriculum as well as the USFS Junior Ranger program as a supplement to stewardship projects and winter hikes with youth. Through these fun and interactive programs, we hope to inspire a sense of stewardship in youth that they can pass on to friends, family and future generations. FDRD is happy to travel to your school or youth agency to present on these topics, but we believe that our local forest is the best classroom to get kids active and engaged in learning. Contact for more details.

a word from our partners


“Working with Friends of the Dillon Ranger District within our youth programs has provided a learning opportunity about our natural environment, knowledge about the importance of trail maintenance, and of course fun for our campers!”—Sara Skinner, Recreation Programs Coordinator for the Town of Frisco.

“Through our partnership with FDRD we have been able to introduce local youth to the importance and pride of land stewardship.  We are incredibly excited to expand our partnership with FDRD this year and start offering service learning opportunities for the youth we serve over the winter months as well.”- Joan Dieter, program Director for SOS Outreach