Youth Programs

School Year Programs

Heart and Sole

Heart and Sole is offered for girls and non-binary youth at Blatchley Middle School. It is hosted by the Youth Advocates of Sitka Spotlight Program and Sitka Trail Works is honored to support through coaching. This program is a continuation of the elementary school “Girls on the Run” and promotes healthy active lifestyles through running and discussions with peers on topics ranging from managing stress to body positivity. Reach out to to learn more and sign up!

4H and Sitka Trail Works Hiking Club

Join STW and 4H for an after-school hiking club! Students aged 8-12 can join staff once monthly for a hike on a local trail, no matter the weather. This program is run through 4H and requires a sign up, fill out this form to learn more!

Pacific High School Enrichment Class

Sitka Trail Works offers a Friday enrichment class for Pacific High School students focused on local trail maintenance and outdoor survival skills. Every Friday, students go into the field and work on different projects that help improve local trails, or learn a new skill that are useful in the backcountry. Past topics include knot tying, avalanche awareness, and more!

Intergenerational Walking Club

Offered in partnership with SAIL and STA, the Intergenerational Walking Club pairs elders from the community with Mt. Edgecumbe High School students on bi-weekly walks around Sitka. Transportation is available through SAIL. Reach out to for our full schedule of events and to learn more!

Past Summer Programs

2023 Lingít Aaní Trail Works Camp

Following a pilot week in 2022, Sitka Trail Works launched a 6 week summer program in 2023 in partnership with the Sitka Tribe of Alaska. Learn more about our summer in this story map created by Cultural Coordinator Kushxeet Sienna Reid. In 2023 camp was aimed towards middle schoolers, but stay tuned for what age groups we will be serving in 2024!

2023 Summer Internship Experience

In 2023 we hired two 16 year old interns through the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida’s Youth Employment Services Program. The interns completed ten weeks with Sitka Trail Works that included a week long training period including bear safety, marine first aid, tool safety, trail maintenance, leadership and communication. The Interns then helped lead the Lingít Aaní Trail Works Camp. After camp concluded, interns and other program staff did a two-week trail crew experience working on sites like Medvejie Lake and the Cross Trail. Are you interested in an internship with Sitka Trail Works? Reach out to to learn more!

Thank you to the sponsors of our Youth Program!

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