Youth Groups & Scout Troops

Boy scout marks each oak tree planted with a hand-held Garmin GPS unit

The San Diego National Wildlife Refuge nurtures projects and partnerships with local youth groups and scout troops.  Youth groups are a great and organized way of getting work done on-the-ground on the Refuge, and gets kids inspired to learn about careers with public lands.

The refuge surrounds communities in East County San Diego filled with schools, churches, boy and girl scout troops, and outdoors clubs that have interest in designing projects that directly benefit the Refuge.  Some of the activities done in the past have been projects in construction, maintenance, signage, and more. 

The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a 8-10 week Summer internship that employs six local high school students aged 15-18 years old, chosen by the Refuge Manager. Environmental awareness is an integral aspect of the YCC program, with projects embracing both work and environmental learning goals.


If you are interested in coordinating or assisting with a project such as an Eagle Scout or Girl Scout Gold Award, please contact the Refuge Manager at (619) 468-9245.