Community Programs

TYO offers older teens opportunity to connect to nature and to learn and earn through our Counselor-in-Training Program!

As youth in our programs become older and look to enter into the workforce, TYO provides the opportunity for these older teens to consider the employment fields of conservation through hands-on engaged activities. After a successful pilot program in 2013, TYO decided it was time to expand our Counselor and Counselor-in-Training (CIT) programs. This program connects teens to conservation employment experiences and helps them connect to their surrounding parkland. These leadership opportunities are geared towards teens that have been part of our programs or participated in any of our programs in the past. If they are new to TYO, they can start as a CIT (volunteering) and then be eligible to be a paid Counselors.    These youth lead younger kids as they experience the thrills and joys of connecting to their natural world through physical activity and observations.  This program takes our important life lessons taught during each of our activities and provides job skills that the teens can use to springboard into the adult workforce.  While they are mentoring younger youth on the concepts of looking where they want to go and looking to their future, they are creating a brighter employment future for themselves.

Interested in working in the outdoors? Do you think you can help kids have fun, get physically active and be part of the solution to increasing kids health? Then consider a seasonal Counselor position with TrailsforYouth.Org.  Click the below links for a job description and application and let’s talk about how you can work for TYO, gain valuable skills and help kids be active outdoors!

Job Description

Job Application

nancyMeet Nancy (in the background as the Counselor), she has been part of TYO since 4th grade, she has biked, hiked, camped, kayaked and volunteered. In 2013 Nancy was one of our first paid Counselors and had a blast while learning additional job skills, gathering additional responsibility and meeting the challenges of leading kids and imparting important life messages – plus she had fun!  Email Julie@trailsforyouth.org if you have any questions and we look forward to finding our next Counselors and CIT’s!


Educating our Families and Youth on the joys of being healthy together!

Kids can enjoy fun outdoor activities at the Children’s Health Festival while parents gather information on improving family health.

TrailsforYouth.Org has many community outreach programs and events. These programs are geared at promoting and eduction our community families about the importance of being healthy and providing the opportunities to experience the joy that comes from those efforts.

Our community based programs — classes, spring break camp, bike rodeos, camping trip and a huge family focused health festival — strive to incorporate nature into a healthy life style while providing the opportunity to experience healthy activities outdoors.