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Youth in the Great Outdoors






Secretary Jewell has launched an ambitious initiative to inspire millions of young people to play, learn, serve and work outdoors.

For the health of our economy and our nation’s public lands, it’s critical that we work now to establish meaningful and deep connections between young people – from every background and every community – and America’s great outdoors.

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Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks

This Week at Interior May 23,2014

FRI, MAY 23, 2014, 11:23 AM EST

President Obama designates half a million acres in New Mexico for the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument; for the first time in decades the fresh water of the Colorado River has reunited with the salt waters of the Sea of Cortez Watch Video >


Jewell and youth high five

Obama Administration Announces $6.7 Million to Hire Young People to Work on Public Lands Across the Nation

THU, MAY 22, 2014, 02:27 PM EST

The grants, the latest in the Obama Administration’s efforts to develop a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) and expand employment opportunities for young people and veterans, will provide jobs resulting in paid conservation work experiences. Read More >


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This Week at Interior May 2, 2014

FRI, MAY 2, 2014, 04:32 PM EST

An agreement is signed with the National League of Cities and the YMCA to get young people involved with nature; first glimpses of the stunning images from the 2013 Share the Experience photo contest; more. Watch Video >


Secretary Jewell walks a trail with students

Interior Department, National League of Cities and YMCA of the USA Join Forces to Connect Young People to the Outdoors

MON, APRIL 28, 2014, 12:01 PM EST

The National League of Cities, YMCA of the USA, and DOI today signed an agreement to coordinate efforts to bridge the gap between the young and the outdoors by creating meaningful connections to nature through four pillars: play, learn, serve & work. Read More >