Students exploring Washington's historic and cultural resources
Youth Heritage Project 2023
Manhattan Project National Historical Park, Hanford Site: July 18-21
All high-school age students are invited to get hands-on with history this summer at the Hanford Site near the Tri-Cities in central Washington!
Are you ready for an adventure that combines history, science, and the great outdoors? Look no further than the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation’s Youth Heritage Project! This summer, join us at the Hanford Site, a decommissioned nuclear production complex with a rich history connected to the Manhattan Project, now a national historical park.
Students will have the chance to learn about the contributions and perspectives of the Tribal Nations who have called this area home since time immemorial and the workers who helped build the world’s first plutonium production facilities. They will explore the complex legacies of the project that ushered in the nuclear age to gain a deeper understanding of the complexities and ethical issues surrounding nuclear science and technology.
Learn about efforts to co-steward the stories of the Hanford Site this summer with experiential activities and new friends while giving back to the community through a project proposal at the conclusion of the jam-packed week. Come discover Hanford with us!
This program is FREE OF COST for those accepted. We are also seeking adult educators and professionals to serve as teacher-mentors for the program.
The application deadline is at 11:59 PM PST on Monday, May 15, 2023.
What is Youth Heritage Project?
Youth Heritage Project (YHP) is a FREE overnight summer program for high-school students, focused on the history, culture, and nature of Washington’s special places.
Each year, YHP students visit a new location for fun and engaging place-based activities, learning about how different histories and resources shape the community. Through scavenger hunts, hikes, site visits, boat trips, museums, tours, and more, participants explore how remembering, preserving, and sharing stories from the past can help shape the future. Then, YHP students are paired with local organizations to address real-world issues in the community for the flagship student project presentation day at the conclusion of the camp.
YHP helps high school students learn how to shape their communities through participation and activism, inspiring the next generation of leaders to get involved with the places that matter to them.
The location and study topics for YHP change annually, and any high school-age students may apply. Questions about YHP? Please contact us by email or call us at 206-624-9449.