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August 2016

50th Anniversary Mini-Grants Support Wilderness Education Programs

Applications Now Accepted for National Wilderness Education and Interpretation Specialist Position

The Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center is hiring a new educator/interpreter to coordinate a variety of learning, visitor and public engagement programs on the relevancy of wild lands. Applications are being accepted until September 9 by both government employees and U.S. citizens.
Last fall, four organizations received left-over 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act funds to conduct experiential wilderness youth programs.

During the 2016 season so far, 52 students have embarked on 8-day backpacking and canoe camping trips as part of the North Cascades Institute's Youth Leadership Adventures program. Collectively, these students have spent more than 8,000 hours in the wilderness. The vast majority of participants had never hiked on a trail or paddled a canoe, and their experiences in the wilderness have pushed them to understand their physical and emotional strength.

Students like this one work together with rangers to complete important stewardship work, such as removing downed trees blocking trails, rebuilding tent pads at heavily-trafficked backcountry campsites, and cleaning out fire pits.


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A student conducting invasive plant inventory using a GPS unit is a public wilderness information website formed in 1996 through a collaborative partnership between the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute--the federal government's wilderness training and research arms, respectively--and the College of Forestry and Conservation's Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana.

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