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

intersection of COVID-19 & Climate Change:

"Key Ingredient to surviving coronavirus and climate change; our shared sense of humanity"

"To get COVID Relief, Companies in Canada Will Have to Disclose Climate Impacts."

"Youth Activists Adapt to Global Pandemic"

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:

TEDed Earth School:  Quests and interactive activities for students to celebrate and connect with nature.  Videos vary from the making to smartphones to the nature of medicine. 

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

 Inaturalist app: Free Phone App to help you explore and share your observations of the natural world

30 Virtual Field Trips

NOAA Activities to do at home

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

Climate Change:

"The Rising": Facing climate upheaval on Washington's coast, members of the Quinault tribe take to the sea in the canoes of their ancestors in this 25 minute documentary.

10 Books Climate Activists are Reading Now:  Add some of these to your summer reading list.

Covering Climate Now: Global journalism initiative committed to more and better coverage of the defining story of our time. 

Our Climate Our Future is an award-winning video experience that educates young people on the science of climate change and empowers them to take action.

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."

Increasing representation in the outdoors:

"Becoming Ruby: Inclusion, Bikes and Hand Written Heroes": An 18 minute documentary by Patagonia about Brooklyn Bell, a Bellingham mountain biker, skier and artist.  She is a YLA alumni!

Native Stories: A podcast platform to perpetuate and advance indigenous wisdom through the oral tradition of storytelling.

Environmental Activists of Color: Young Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color at the center of environmental justice movements are often overlooked.  An article about 3 activists of color who deserve their own spotlight.

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


Earth Corps Crew Member: Seattle based position for high school graduates over 18, running from June 15-December 10 2020.

Pacific Education Institute East Sound FieldSTEM Coordinator

Pierce Conservation District Education Specialist 


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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