Inspiring Youth & Conserving Forests

Through our Forest Stewards Youth Corps, we put young people to work protecting, restoring, and enhancing America’s great outdoors. We provide career training in natural resources for 16-25 year olds from areas that have few employment opportunities. Through training from Guild staff and our partners and hard work on the ground, our crewmembers develop important outdoor skills in forest management, fire ecology, watershed health, and wildlife ecology.  Help us expand our program and inspire even more youth! There is simply no better investment we can make in the future of conservation and a positive future for young people. Please contribute today.

The Forest Stewards Youth Corps program employs young people from underserved communities to work on outdoor experiential, on-the-ground conservation projects that help restore our public lands and build job skills, confidence and a strong work ethic. Our Forest Stewards Youth Corps has created opportunities for over 500 young people from rural communities, training them to work safely in forests and rangelands, while restoring forests to healthier conditions, providing ecological benefits and reducing fire risks.

Together with our network of sponsors on public lands, we connect young people with adult mentors, job skills, career and education opportunities, and a steady paycheck, all while earning college credit. Most importantly, the Forest Stewards Youth Corps program builds future leaders and provides rural youth with skills that will enable them to find meaningful work and become positive influences in their communities.

Help us expand our program and inspire even more youth! There is simply no better investment we can make in the future of conservation and a positive future for young people. Please contribute today.

To learn more about our Forest Stewards Youth Corps Program and our 2016 successes, please review our program overview.