Discover Washington: Youth Heritage Project (YHP) is an annual 4-day (overnight) interactive field school that engages high school students and teachers by connecting them to historic, cultural, and natural resources. YHP is designed to introduce historic preservation to a younger generation - future leaders that will work to save the places that matter. Through grant funding, we are pleased to be able to offer YHP free of cost to all accepted applicants.

The application period for YHP 2016 at Mount Rainier National Park has ended. We will be notifying all applicants of their status by June 8. Please contact us with any questions!

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This year, our fifth annual Discover Washington: Youth Heritage Project will be held at Mount Rainier National Park, July 13-16, 2016. Working once again with the National Park Service and the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, we are crafting a program through which participants will learn about the history of Mount Rainier, including the cultural or traditional uses of the land before it became a national park; analyze planning strategies for historic districts within national parks with a focus on the Longmire Historic District; explore the importance of national parks and why they were established; and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Students can earn service hours while having fun, as simple as that - we’ll sign off on 10 service hours for any student who participates. We want students and teachers to get excited about historic places. We are passionate about preservation; we want to share our knowledge with you and hear what you have to say. 

For any questions or further information, please contact our Preservation Services Coordinator, Jennifer Mortensen via email or at 206-624-9449. Thank you to our program partners for allowing us to offer YHP at no cost to our participants: