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NPF: A Lasting Impression at Florissant Fossil Beds

With help from the National Park Foundation’s "America's Best Idea" program, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument partnered with local military bases to bring youth (ages 13-17) to the park from nearby Colorado Springs, Colorado for a unique experience.

By serving on a trail crew, building walkways, installing benches, and participating in many other group activities, the teens learned how to work as a team while taking an active role in enhancing the park. National Park Service Ranger, Mike McClain explained, “We couldn’t do what we do without them.” He went on to say that it would probably take the two or three rangers in the park nearly the entire summer to do what the participants of this program can accomplish in the one week they’re in the park.

Park: Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument | Visit this park
Category: Making a Difference

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