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Hiker Headlines: Getting Youth Outside, Fee-Free Day, Firefighting Jobs

Posted by Jessi Loerch at Nov 21, 2019 04:29 PM |
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It's Nov. 21. WTA recently celebrated an exciting milestone in our program to help kids get outside. Next Friday would be a great time to visit a state park — for free. And if you're interested in wildlands firefighting, the Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications. Here's some news you might have missed while out on trail this week.

It's Nov. 21. WTA recently celebrated an exciting milestone in our program to help kids get outside. Next Friday would be a great time to visit a state park — for free. And if you're interested in wildlands firefighting, the Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications.

Here's some news you might have missed while out on trail this week. 

OLT snowshoe workshop.
Andrew Pringle, WTA's Outdoor Leadership Training Instructor & Outreach Coordinator, leads a snowshoeing workshop at Gold Creek. The Outdoor Leadership Training program gives people who work with youth skills to help them get outside. Photo by Britt Lê.

10,000 and counting: WTA’s Outdoor Leadership Training program reached an exciting milestone recently. This fall, we supported our 10,000th outdoor experience. These experiences, led by the 331 graduates of our outdoor leadership training workshops, have been engaging young people with the outdoors and inspiring the next generation of hikers, outdoor leaders and public land stewards since 2014.

Plan to hike: What’s better on the day after Thanksgiving than some time outside? We know the holiday can be busy, so we’re giving you some advance warning. The Friday after Thanksgiving is the last fee-free day for state parks this year. We hope you’ll get outside! And if you do, wherever you go, we’d love to hear about it!

Hot news: If you’re interested in a challenging outdoor job, the Washington Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for wildland firefighters through Dec. 1. No firefighting experience is required for seasonal positions, which last three to four months.


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