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Local Youths Support Park’s Summer Program

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park

National Park News

"What’s next?"

This is the most common question that park staff at Horseshoe Bend hear each weekday from Tayler Colley, Brooke Folds, and Justin Stroud, all of Dadeville, Alabama. These three youths, students at Dadeville High School, were selected for the 2007 Youth Conservation Corps program sponsored by the NPS.

Brooke, Justin, and Tayler received information via their guidance counselor about the program and began their eight week summer employment on June 4th. So far, they have picked up trash, painted fences, performed word processing and filing, scanned slides, conducted visitor observations, prepared an accessibility survey, and removed invasive plants.

Near the end of July, they will assist with leading the first Kid’s Creek Culture Camp for children who want to explore this special place and learn more about history and culture.

"I’ve learned that a park superintendent spends a LOT of time on a computer," says Tayler. "There’s a lot more going on behind the scenes here than people would think," adds Brooke. 

The crew members are paid minimum wages for eight 40-hour work weeks and go on field trips to Fort Toulouse, Cheaha State Park, and Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site so that they can see different type of public places managed by different agencies. They’ll also be trained in water safety and canoe the Tallapoosa through the park.

Horseshoe Bend has participated in the Youth Conservation Corps for over 20 years. Superintendent Marianne Mills invites any past YCC-ers from the park to contact her at 11288 Horseshoe Bend Road; Daviston, Alabama 36256 to share any memories of working at the park and any photos they may have of their YCC experience.

To learn more about the YCC program, visit YCC participants must be between the ages of 15 and 18, complete an application and physical, and be recommended by their school counselor. Horseshoe Bend recruits from Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City, Dadeville High School, Horseshoe Bend School in New Site, and Edward Bell School in Camp Hill. For more information about Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, visit online at   


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