Summer Youth Practicum

The Native American Environmental Awareness Summer Youth Practicum (SYP) is designed to provide Native American students (incoming 10th – 12th grade) an opportunity to gain hands-on and in-lecture experience in the interdisciplinary components of natural resource management and Indigenous knowledge. One of the goals of the NAFWS is to educate Native American youth to understand the importance of professional natural resource management and the interconnectedness to culture, as well encourage them to continue their education and pursue careers in the natural resource fields.


is planned and implemented by our national office and the education coordinator. This week long program is in the beautiful and mountainous Estes Park, Colorado. Students from the continental U.S. are encouraged to apply.



are planned and implemented by the NAFWS regions with the aid of the national office. The week long programs are located in various locations and depend on the region. Regional SYP’s are opened to students that are residents of the specific region.

The 2022 National SYP dates: Saturday, July 9 – Saturday, July 16, 2022.

Location: YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado and Colorado State University Mountain Campus.

Cost: FREE! NAFWS will cover students travel (airfare, roundtrip mileage to their closest airport), food during the program and lodging. However, luggage fees for flights will be through a reimbursement process.

Applications are open, and are due Monday, April 4, 2022 at 10 PM Mountain Time. We will award a $150 prize to the Best Student Application (based on essay). 

We are currently in the planning process for the 2022 SW Regional SYP.

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Great times at the 2021 National SYP

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In Recognition of Their Support

Native American Fish and Wildlife Society would like to thank those organizations that provided us with support over the years. With them we grew an effective national communications network for the exchange of information and management techniques related to self-determined tribal fish and wildlife management.

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