June 27-30, 2017
2017 Texas Preserve America Youth Summit
Next Generation Stewards
Padre Island National Seashore and Palo Alto National Historic Park



February 2-3, 2017

2017 Colorado Preserve America Youth Summit
Next Generation Stewards: Next Decade Leaders
Saving Colorado’s Special Places; Denver Colorado

More 2017 Dates Coming Soon!

2016 Preserve America Youth Summit Dates

June 7-10, 2016: LBJ National Historical Park, Texas & Austin, Texas
June 21-24, 2016: Colorado National Monument, Fruita, Colorado
July 20-21, 2016: Grant-Kohrs National Historical Park, Montana


The Preserve America Youth Summit is a focused gathering of middle and high school students and cooperating educators and mentors, brought together at an historic place to directly address current preservation challenges. Through multi-day field study programs or smaller one day activities, Youth Summits provide interactive, outcome-driven learning experiences and service opportunities to advance youth engagement and knowledge in cultural heritage history, archaeology, heritage tourism, and historic preservation.

Summits are not just field trips or service projects or history lessons, but provide immersive sensory-based experiences that are multi-disciplinary. Youth gain invaluable experience being treated as “consultants” providing ideas and producing recommendations on critical current issues. This experience empowers youth to learn more about history, culture, and historic preservation, as well as provides specific trade-related skills through service projects.


  • Foster understanding of heritage, history, and historic places
  • Connect youth to places associated with diverse cultures and viewpoints
  • Involve students in historic preservation and service-learning projects
  • Expand tools to support educators’ classroom efforts, while providing meaningful and relevant 21st century learning applications
  • Bolster local preservation and heritage tourism efforts of communities and historic sites
  • Gain youth perspectives on preservation and heritage tourism issues