Fairbanks Youth for Habitat is a 2 year summer work program for area youth ages 13-15. Groups of 7th and 8th graders spend their first summer in the Beginning Corps exploring natural resources by meeting with professionals, participating in research and working on restoration and green infrastructure projects. The following summer, students return for the Advanced Corps, in which they tackle a large-scale restoration project from concept to completion. 

The 2019 Youth for Habitat application can be found by clicking HERE
If you have any suggestions for projects, research the crews could help out on, would like to donate, or would like more information, contact Katie at katie.fswcd@gmail.com. 

2018 Fairbanks Youth for Habitat was a great success! We had 15 beginner and 14 advanced crew students. These awesome kids worked on stream bank restorations, invasive plant pulls, Chinook Salmon research & more! 

Check out the work they did revegetating Cripple Creek after the channel was re-established

and here, restoring a Chena River stream bank to better, salmon-friendly conditions! 


Beginning Corps Sessions 2016

In 2016, the 3 groups of Beginning Youth for Habitat Corps participated in projects including:

  • Sampling for juvenile salmon in Cripple Creek
  • Removal of invasive weeds from stream banks
  • Dissecting fish for contaminants research
  • Stocking trout in Ballaine Lake
  • Meeting with UAF Curator of Entomology to learn about insects
  • Working with TVWA to install green infrastructure at the Bus Depot in Downtown Fairbanks
  • Streambank restoration at North Pole City Hall
  • Native planting at North Pole Memorial Park 
  • Checking bird boxes with the Songbird Institute
  • Monitoring and mapping spread of invasive aquatic plants in the Chena Slough
  • Watching a baby musk ox training at the Large Animal Research Station
  • Seeding, weeding and harvesting at local gardens and farms. 
Advanced Corps Sessions 2016

The first Advanced Session of 2016 worked with TVWA and a local Chena Riverfront landowner to tackle a stormwater run off issue. This group turned a gravel parking lot into a green space that included a permeable paver patio, picnic tables, rain garden and inviting lawn. Their efforts were recognized by the City of Fairbanks Mayor Eberhart and were featured on the front page of the News Miner. 


 The second Advanced Session worked with Chena Lakes REcreation Area to spread awareness of the aquatic invasive plant, Elodea. They conducted elodea surveys, designed signs and educational materials, and hosted a community event to inform the public of this nuisance species.


Want to be a Fairbanks Youth for Habitat Corps Member?

Applications for the 2019 sessions will be distributed to area middle schools in March. 


The Fairbanks Youth for Habitat 2015 Advanced Corps group was recognized for their hard work with this national award from the EPA. Way to go, kids!