Four Manila High School students are working at Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge through the eight week Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) summer program.
Senior Andrew Vassar, juniors Alyssa Hurley and Hunter Hallett and sophomore Kaitlon Johnson make up the summer YCC team. Serving as supervisor is Angela McDowell.
Big Lake Refuge manager is Steven Rimer and Glenn French serves as equipment engineering operator.
It has been good to have the extra, helping hands, Rimer said. The young workers have helped pick up trash, weed eat, and worked where needed. They are presently power washing a fishing/observation peer and an observation blind getting both ready to stain.
"We have learned a lot working here," Alyssa said. "We have learned to do it right or don't do it all."
All four of the young workers said they were happy to have the opportunity to work in the YCC program and hope they can return next year.