Growing the Next Generation of Wilderness Leaders

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Kate Seymour (photo by Judy Hagerott)
Kate Seymour (photo by Judy Hagerott)

The Young Ambassadors for Wilderness otherwise known as YAW is in its second year and participation has doubled from last. A statewide leadership program to develop the next generation of wilderness leaders, Kate Seymour directs the program and explains.

A part of the Wyoming Wilderness Association, YAW is a 10-month curriculum geared to educating youth ages 12-18, about Wyoming’s wild places. Part of the program is classroom work, linking students from around the state via computer, but according to Seymour, the majority of the learning is done in the field.

The classes are wilderness themed, and include hydrology, birding and wildlife biology. Disconnecting kids from technology and connecting them to the outdoors, YAW concentrates on youth.

YAW participants are chosen through an application process.

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