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.

This year, our fourth annual Discover Washington: Youth Heritage Project will be held at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, July 15-18, 2015. Working once again with the National Park Service and the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, planning is underway for a program aimed at exploring the early settlement of the American West, the process and significance of archeological excavation, and the merits of reconstruction as a method of historic preservation. We’ve also got a campout and a canoe ride planned, so you’ll have plenty of fun while you learn!

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. We invite all high school age students and their teachers to apply to participate in YHP. 

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For any questions or further information, please contact our Communications Coordinator, Jennifer Mortensen via email or at 206-624-9449.