26 Years of Service
For 26 years, the Pacific Northwest Trail Association has engaged local youth in a variety of academic, vocational, and volunteer community service programs.
Today, we administer youth programs which engage local youth in service to our public lands. As PNTA Trail Crew Members, young people across the Northwest learn trail stewardship skills while working to maintain the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail.
“I didn’t think I was capable of moving a 1,000 pound boulder, but we all worked together, and we did it!” -Tasha S, QRC 2002
“I learned the importance of trails in our community and how to take care of them.”
– Emily K, QRC 2002
2018 marks the 26th season of the Quilcene Ranger Corps Program. The QRC provides opportunities for local volunteers to work in service to their communities and our public lands.
Our Youth Programs Today
The PNTA operates two Youth Programs in Washington. Our Quilcene Ranger Corps maintains trails in the Olympic region of the Pacific Northwest Trail, and our Performance Crews build and maintain trails in Eastern Washington and the North Cascades.
Our Youth Programs provide opportunities to local youth to work in service to the Pacific Northwest Trail. Over the course of the season, they are introduced to trail stewardship and a variety of career paths in: forestry, environmental stewardship, and other related fields.
Beyond learning to perform trail maintenance and construction techniques to U.S. Forest Service Standards, students also learn about Leave-No-Trace Ethics, teamwork, and enjoy the satisfaction of serving our public lands and their local communities.