Alumni Opportunities

I just had an amazing experience in the North Cascades…What do I do next?”


Check out these next-step resources for continued learning & job opportunities!

Remember that your YLA Instructors are great people to use as references.

Continued learning

COVID-19 & Climate Change:

Read this article: “In the face of Coronavirus, Climate Activists Reevaluate their Tactics”

Read this article: "Youth Activists Adapt to Global Pandemic"

Read this article: Here’s what a coronavirus like response to Climate Change Would Look Like

Check out this podcast from Zero Hour: We're Not Slowing Down for Coronavirus.  "We might be quarantined but we're launching a full on digital campaign featuring online workshops, open mics, podcasts and more."

At home environmental education:

Safe Outside DIY Learning, list of activities and resources from e3washington 

"Stuck at home? Now is the perfect time to learn the language of the birds" Article with tools to identify bird songs in your backyard

30 Virtual Field Trips

NOAA Activities to do at home

Natures Notebook, citizen science project tracking seasonal changes in animals and plants

Zinn Education Project: Articles, Books and Lessons Teaching A People’s History

Climate Change:

Read Climate Stories like this one, written by an 18 year old from Minnesota, to learn about how people around the country are experiencing and processing climate change.  

Check out this podcast that explores the power of storytelling through music and spoken word to make change in the world and further the climate movement

TedTalk by Youth Climate Change Activist Lisa Neubauer: Why you should become a Climate  Activist 

Tips for talking about climate change: 

Learn more about how you can get involved in your community with tips from this website: Youth Action Ideas

Sunrise Movement, an organization "building an army of young people to stop climate change and building good jobs in the process."

Zero Hour, an organization "centering the voices of diverse youth in the conversation about climate and environmental justice."

Earth Guardians, an organization that "trains diverse youth to be effective leaders in the environmental, climate and social justice movements across the globe - using art, music, storytelling, on the ground projects, civic engagement and legal action to advance solutions to the critical issues we face as a global community."

High School Job Opportunities

SCA Youth Programs

Are you a high school student who is passionate about conservation? Do you like working as part of a team to get things done? Do you just love being outdoors?

Join an SCA camping or commuting crew and plug yourself into SCA’s nationwide network of young conservationists. SCA offers a range of programs for youth ages 15-19. Whether you want to serve in your local community or explore public lands across the country, SCA has something for you! Learn more here.

Post-High School

City of Bellingham


Bellingham Community Boating Center

Salish Sea Expeditions

Adopt a Stream Foundation

Puyallup Tribe 

The Mountaineers

Volunteer Opportunities


North Cascades National Park

Washington Department of Ecology

Northwest Youth Corps

Washington Trails Association

The Nature Conservancy

Skagit County, Washington

Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group

Skagit Land Trust

King County, Washington

King County Parks & Recreation

Salmon Watchers Program

Mountain to Sound Greenway

Seattle Audubon Society


Whatcom County Parks & Recreation

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association

Northwest Wildlife Rescue & Rehab

Whatcom Land Trust

Clatsop County  (Oregon)

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

Nature Conservancy

1000 Friends of Oregon

Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve

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