Youth Outdoor Network

The Youth Outdoor Network provides high school youth with an opportunity to understand and enter into the natural resource sector job market.

Young people receive tailored learning opportunities to encourage their interests and provide them with chances to ‘test’ jobs at a young age in hopes of inspiring their future career paths. The Youth Outdoor Network provides networking opportunities between students and professionals in the natural resource sector and provides exciting outdoor field trips that incorporate hands-on learning experiences.

The Nature Connection works in conjunction with the US Forest Service, the Western Slope Conservation Center, the Delta and Montrose County School Districts, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management and many other partners to create a ‘Youth Outdoor Network’ within high schools in Hotchkiss, Paonia, Delta, Cedaredge, and Olathe.

Summer Internship Opportunities

Colorado Parks & Wildlife Info Sheet

How to Create a Government Resume

A How-To Guide For Getting a Job in the Natural Resource Sector

Fire Fighting Course Info

Job Sources Database

Service Opportunities

Examples of Opportunities in Natural Resources

How to Get Started as a River Guide

Want to learn more? Get in touch.

Priscilla Williams

TNC YON Coordinator

Jim Frazier

Paonia High School Liaison

Sarah Marshall

Hotchkiss High School Liaison

Kevin Dunbar

Cedaredge High School Liaison

Ben Graves

Delta High School Liaison

Aaron Wilcox

Olathe High School Liaison

The Nature Connection would like to thank Partners in the Outdoors and Colorado Parks and Recreation Association in partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife as well as GOCO (Great Outdoors Colorado) for their grant support of this project. We would also like to thank our partners for their assistance.