Please check out the "Yellowstone Country Guardians"......... A great youth program that I had the privilege of donating a little of my guide time to. It was a joy, tying some flies and interacting with this wonderful group of young adults striving to improve and connect with each other and the natural wonders that surround us.
YCG Vision Statement:
The Yellowstone Country Guardians bring a powerful voice of hope and inclusivity to the lands and communities of Yellowstone Country. We are a place-based organization that inspires people to care for and love this region. Our deep sense of place and rootedness is engrained in the work we do and allows us to bring new and exciting ideas to Yellowstone Country and beyond.
Because we believe the fate of Yellowstone Country rests in the hands of its local communities, we invest in the area’s greatest asset—its youth. No one has more to lose from the despoilment of Yellowstone Country than the youth of this region; thus our youth-based programs enhance students’ connection to Yellowstone Country, empowering them to set the tone for the region’s future.
Through our education and outreach programs, we foster a deep understanding of the wildlands and wildlife found throughout our region. By nurturing our communities’ commitment to Yellowstone Country and animals like the grizzly bear—an umbrella species and indicator (guardian) of health throughout the Yellowstone Ecosystem, and perhaps the most authentic symbol of wildness in all of North America—we help ensure that future generations will have the opportunity to experience the beauty and wonder of this sacred landscape.
We help newcomers to this land connect with long-time residents, thus bridging this cultural gap. Through our community work, we encourage new residents to the area to develop a deep and lasting sense of place, at the same time that we provide a platform for long-time residents to rediscover their love for this region.
By working with the youth of the region through our educational programs, we strive to create curriculum that helps students better understand the importance of fostering the protection of wildlife habitat, open space, and watershed quality.
Through community involvement we help our citizens live in active harmony with wildlife and their surroundings, while remaining a voice for both the people and the land.
Web Site: http://yellowstonecountryguardians.org/