Mount Rainier National Park Site Location for Summer Youth Heritage Program
Fifth year of YHP will Celebrate the NPS Centennial

Seattle, Washington: The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to announce their fifth annual youth heritage event will take place at Mount Rainier National Park, July 13-16, 2016. Discover Washington: Youth Heritage Project will host 48 high school students along with 8 teachers and mentors, representing over 27 communities from throughout the state, including Bellevue, Bellingham, Des Moines, Duvall, Eastsound, Edgewood, Ellensburg, Everett, Lacey, Lakebay, Langley, Longview, Newcastle, Oak Harbor, Olympia, Port Townsend, Puyallup, Renton, Roy, Seabeck, Seattle, Snohomish, Spanaway, Tacoma, University Place, Vancouver, and Wenatchee as well as Anchorage, AK.

Through our partnership with the National Park Service and the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, we are able to again offer Discover Washington: Youth Heritage Project free of charge to students in the region. This year’s program will explore character defining features of cultural landscapes and the Longmire Historic District through programs that consider the adaptive reuse of an existing building; interpretive programs to enhance the visitor experience; and marketing ideas to reach a broader audience. Participants will tour the Longmire Historic District, Paradise Inn, Trail of the Shadows, and Myrtle Falls Trail; learn about identifying cultural landscapes and assessing integrity; and engage in a variety of activities designed to help them develop their own ideas on successful historic preservation strategies.

Park Superintendent Randy King noted, “The National Park Service is celebrating its Centennial Anniversary and it is an honor for us here at Mount Rainier National Park to be part of this extraordinary partnership which brings bright, creative, thoughtful high school students from the Pacific Northwest to connect with their national park. “ He also shared that, “This program speaks to the National Park Service’s Centennial Call to Action to create a new generation of citizen scientists and future stewards of our parks by conducting fun, engaging, and educational discovery activities. Bringing young people together to discuss important issues in innovative ways is highly rewarding and we are so pleased that they will be here sharing their thoughts and ideas with us and the community!”

In celebration of the Centennial, this year’s program is designed to introduce students to a broader scope of cultural resources in our National Parks. In addition to learning about the Rustic Style of “Parkitecture” present throughout the National Parks, participants will have a lesson in sketching to learn a form of field documentation commonly used by early conservationists that advocated for the creation of the National Parks.

The culminating event of the four-day field school is a Town Hall meeting, where students will present the results of their project-based activities. Members of the media and public are invited to attend the Town Hall, held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 at the Community Building at Longmire in Mount Rainier National Park. A trio of distinguished panelists will provide feedback to the students.

“The goal of the program is to instill the next generation of leaders with a sense of our region’s unique story and significant role in our nation’s history,” says Chris Moore, Executive Director of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. “We are thrilled to see the program grow each year and witness so many students interested in gaining hands-on experience to understand how history is represented and interpreted.”

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation would like to especially thank staff from Mount Rainier National Park for their planning and operating partnership, as well as the National Park Service and the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation for their significant financial and programmatic support. Because of these partnerships, we are able to offer this enriching program at no cost to students and teachers.

Discover Washington: Youth Heritage Project works to achieve four primary objectives: connect teachers and youth to historic places and landscapes; engage students in historic preservation and conservation activities; expand tools to support teachers’ educational efforts around the built and natural environments; and excite the next generation of advocates and stewards of our natural and historic resources.

Mission of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, an independent, non-profit organization, is dedicated to saving the places that matter in Washington State and promoting sustainable and economically viable communities through historic preservation. The Trust helps make local preservation work and builds an ethic that preserves Washington’s historic places through advocacy, education, collaboration and stewardship. Founded in 1976, the Washington Trust addresses its mission through the annual Most Endangered Historic Properties List, educational tours of its landmark headquarters, the Stimson-Green Mansion in Seattle, conferences and training workshops, a quarterly members’ newsletter, a small grants fund, and action on legislation and public policy. Visit the Trust website at for more information.