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Youth Forest Stewards

What are they and how do I become one?!

Applications Are Now Open!

Deadline: May 1st, 2023

The Youth Forest Stewards (YFS) is a program with Friends of the Dillon Ranger District (FDRD) that brings together high school aged students for a summer of forest stewardship!

Stewards will participate in a diverse array of volunteer projects throughout the months of May-September. Projects can include trail construction, fish surveys, wildlife habitat restoration and more! The YFS program ends with students planning, promoting, and leading their very own volunteer project in September.

During the summer, students not only build long-lasting friendships but also develop meaningful skills and connections in natural resource fields. Additionally, by participating as a Youth Forest Steward students become eligible to apply for FDRD’s $2,000.00 college scholarship!


However, there are some rules for becoming a YFS! Students must be 14-18 years old. They must provide their own transportation to all project locations, although we always encourage carpooling! Lastly, attendance matters with the YFS program, all Stewards must be able to attend at least five of the project dates in order to graduate the program (with the September being project mandatory).

Most importantly any Youth Forest Steward must have a positive attitude and engage with each project! We encourage students with an interest in natural resources, forest management, ecology, to apply!

Being a YFS allows students to make a difference on the public lands of Summit County all while having fun!

Project Dates for 2023 Youth Forest Stewards

June 3, 2023: National Trails Day with USFS Recreation (bridge building or trail maintenance)
June 29: Restoration Project (i.e. campsite rehabilitation)
July 13: Fish Shocking with USFS Fish Biologist and Technicians
July 20: Forest Regeneration Surveys with USFS Foresters
August 9: Invasive Plant Management with USFS Botanist
September 30: National Public Lands Day with USFS Recreation (bridge building or trail maintenance)

Questions about becoming a Youth Forest Steward? Looking for ways to get involved?

Contact Education & Youth Programs Manager, Marin Oschmann at