The Heritage Project | Los Angeles Conservancy
Students enjoy a downtown walking tour. Photo by Carley M. Hildebrand/L.A. Conservancy

The Heritage Project

The Los Angeles Conservancy is pleased to announce the launch of its newest program for high school students in Los Angeles County: The Heritage Project.  Applications are due May 5th.

This three-week summer intensive will take place July 10—July 28, 2023. 

Over three weeks and numerous field trips to historic places and workshops, a cohort of 15 students will learn about those who discovered, embodied, and preserved California’s natural and cultural resources---gaining a deeper understanding of what heritage means and what it takes to protect it.

Students will hear under-told stories from various communities and learn skills to research historic events and figures, including their own personal history. They’ll walk away with a greater appreciation for local, historic, and natural spaces, and why preserving them matters.

The Conservancy is thrilled to partner with organizations and community members across the county to introduce students to significant sites in Los Angeles, including (but not limited to): 

  • Griffith Park and The Autry Museum  
  • Tongva heritage sites  
  • Olvera Street, Chinatown, and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
  • Museum of Latin American Art
  • The L.A. River and Frogtown 
  • Will Rogers State Park 
  • The Ebell and the Wilfandel Club 
  • Historic Central Corridor and California African American Museum
  • Catalina Island  

The Heritage Project takes place July 10 through July 28, 2023, and is open to students who will be in grades 9-12 in the 2023-24 school year. To qualify, students need to be in or entering an accredited high school in L.A. County for fall 2023. There is no cost to participate, and students will receive a $500.00 stipend for expenses.

Applications for The Heritage Project are due May 5, 2023.

The Heritage Project is made possible thanks to the generous support of Libby Motika and Curtis & Jill Scheetz.

If there’s a high schooler in your life that you think would be interested in participating, please help spread the word!