25 Years of Service
For 25 years, the Pacific Northwest Trail Association has engaged local youth in a variety of academic, vocational, and volunteer community service programs.
Our highly successful Service Knowledge Youth (SKY) Program was launched during the 2000 season. The SKY program was created in partnership with the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, a federal program though the Departments of Agriculture and Interior.
“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
2017 marks the 25th season of the SKY Quilcene Ranger Corps. The QRC provides local youth, 13 – 15 years of age, with part-time summer employment in service to their community and our public lands.
Our SKY Programs Today
The PNTA operates two SKY programs in Washington. Our Quilcene Ranger Corps maintains trails in the Olympic region of the Pacific Northwest Trail, and our SKY Performance Crew builds and maintains trails in Eastern Washington and the North Cascades.
Our SKY programs offer both paid employment and volunteer community service experiences to local youth, ages 13 – 18 years of age. Students 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 trail stewardship, Leave-No-Trace Ethics, and reap the rewards of personal and group accomplishments in service to our public lands and their local communities.