In 2019, Parks & Trails Council launched a grant program designed as a partnership with friends groups to engage youth in parks and trails. In this first year of the program we began working with eight friends groups who identified innovative ways to engage youth and began planning events for fall 2019 and spring 2020. While the fall events were successfully completed, the pandemic, which led to strict social-distancing protocols in March, prevented the spring plans from happening. Nonetheless, these groups adapted their plans to meet the moment. See below for a description about each of the projects funded under P&TC’s friends group grant program.