The George Melendez Wright Initiative for Young Leaders in Climate Change (YLCC) is funded and sponsored by the National Park Service (NPS) Climate Change Response Program and managed by the University of Washington College of the Environment.


About the National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS) protects and celebrates America’s natural and cultural heritage in over 400 places.These locations include wilderness and natural regions in all the ecosystems of the U.S. and its territories; buildings, sites, and monuments that commemorate our multicultural history;and urban green spaces that support recreation and protect the unique biodiversity of cities. Whether it’s a vast wilderness area, a Civil War battlefield, a unique geological feature, a historic home, or a scenic river, there is a unit of the National Park System in every state and territory of the U.S.

The mission of the National Park Service is to preserve these special places unimpaired for future generations, and to allow for the public to enjoy and learn from them.

Climate change challenges that mission, but it also creates new opportunities for the NPS to help scientists, resource managers, and the general public understand the dynamics and resilience of our natural and cultural systems. The NPS is responding comprehensively to the challenges of climate change by embracing science, adaptation, mitigation, and communication – and by engaging students in our work.