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On the trail with Youth Leadership Adventures

Youth Leadership Adventures offer 9-day long field courses that connect 9th-12th grade students to the natural world while engaging in conversation about climate change and climate solutions. In partnership with North Cascades National Park and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, participants canoe, backpack, camp and complete stewardship projects while discovering their leadership strengths, building an inclusive community and identifying pathways to a hopeful & sustainable vision of the future.  Learn more at ncascades.org/yla. Enjoy this guest post by YLA instructor Talia Schmitt!

With eight students and two instructors packed in the Institute van at the start of a Youth Leadership Adventures trip, we drove up the bumpy forest road to get to Park Butte Trailhead. That day, our crew would hike to Mazama Camp in the Mt. Baker National Recreation Area. We’d then spend the next four days exploring the area, participating in trail maintenance, and keeping cool during those hot summer days in the glacier-fed creeks.

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