YAW is a summer program designed for high school students interested in becoming the next generation of conservation leaders. The curriculum focuses on expanding participants' knowledge of Wyoming's wild places through advocacy and stewardship. Along the way students will explore wild places in their own backyards, while working alongside WWA staff and US Forest Service Wilderness Rangers to learn the ins and outs of public land management. From the exploration of what it means to be a public land steward, to finding their voice as leaders who understand how to impact change, YAW is a program focused on student growth and self discovery. The curriculum is rooted in Place-Based Education best practices, and will unfold in an array of outdoor and virtual classrooms. This includes a multi-day backpacking trip into the Gros Ventre Wilderness focused on the hard skills of camping, backcountry navigation and the Leave No Trace ethic. YAW is designed around a flexible curriculum to match student interests and creativity and is also offered to students free of charge thanks to our generous donors and grant support.



  • Submit the following application materials:​

    • A short letter of interest, video, art medium, OR poem expressing why you want to be a part of YAW

    • 1 letter of recommendation from a teacher or community member

    • ​YAW Application (click buttons below to download)

  • Send materials for the Youth Ambassadors for Wilderness program to Peggie dePasquale by either email or snail mail.

    • Email:

    • Mail: PO Box 848, Jackson WY 83001

    • Drop off: 685 S Cache St, Jackson WY 83001

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Donate to YAW and help educate our youth on protecting the many WILD places throughout the state of Wyoming.


  • Community Foundation of Jackson Hole

  • National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance

  • Old Bill's Fun Run 

  • Generous donors like you!

Wyoming Wilderness Association would like to recognize that public wildlands are Native lands, and that more than twenty indigeneous tribes are connected to Wyoming including, the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Lakota, Dakota and Nakota bands), Hinono’ei (Arapaho), Sáhniš (Arikara), Panati (Bannock), Niitsitapi (Blackfeet), Tsistsistas (Cheyenne), Apsaalooké (Crow), A'aninin (Gros Ventre), [Gáuigú (Kiowa), Nimi'ipuu (Nez Perce), Tukudeka (Sheep Eater), Newe (Shoshone) and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute). These tribes were forcibly and often violently removed from the areas where Wyoming’s public wildlands and communities now exist. 

WWA would lastly like to admit that this land acknowledgement, as well as our commitment to engaging Native peoples in our work is far from perfect. We welcome and encourage all feedback and suggestions.

PO Box 6588 (Mailing)

44 S. Main (Physical)

Sheridan, WY 82801


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