One of our favorite projects at Bandelier National Monument connects young people with their heritage and
the National Park Service. What a great combination!
Last summer, more than 10 Pueblo youth participated in the Bandelier Conservation Corps Preservation Program.
These young men and women from nearby Pueblos spent their summer working with park preservation staff to accomplish
the annual stabilization task list on cultural sites at the Monument.
Superintendent Jason Lott and his staff pulled from a range of resources to create important partnerships that brought the program to Bandelier.
The program was part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's HOPE initiative, or Hands-On Preservation Experience.
The goal of this national program is to give young people the skills necessary to preserve historical sites on public lands.
The Bandelier crew was filled with young people whose ancestors constructed the pueblos on which they worked.
The National Park Service also teamed with the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, a well-respected youth program based in Taos.
RMYC sponsors a variety of programs for 18 to 24 year olds, and they handled the administrative part of the project.