In recognition of Latino Conservation Week, Grand Teton National Park is celebrating the work of local young and emerging Hispanic leaders. Grand Teton National Park in collaboration with local education organizations have started a new program, entitled “Rising Educators,” to create opportunities for local Hispanic high school youth to pursue leadership and career development through teaching in their own community.
Local teens ages 16 through 18, lead summer camps around the valley and help young campers explore, play, discover, and learn within Jackson Hole and the Teton Range. Grand Teton National Park and Teton Science Schools kicked off the program in June, conducting place-based training for the youth. With that completed, the participants became Rising Educators, and are assistant educators at summer camps with Jackson Hole Children’s Museum, Coombs Outdoors, Teton County Parks and Recreation, and Teton Science Schools.
Every other Wednesday throughout the summer, the interns come back together for professional development nights to expand on their place-based education skills, build a sense of community among the educators, and explore career paths.