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NatureBridge Summer Backpacking Program For Teens

YOSEMITE — NatureBridge, the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service, leads life-changing backpacking programs for high school students in Yosemite and Olympic National Parks each summer.

These one-week and two-week programs offer the perfect mix of backpacking, science, and adventure and give participants the opportunity to conduct field science investigations in two of the most iconic national parks in the country.

While backpacking with NatureBridge, students design their own environmental science project, strengthen their leadership skills, and form friendships with peers from all different backgrounds. Students have used their NatureBridge summer backpacking experience and research for high school capstone projects, college entrance essays, and job resumes.

This challenging and fun adventure has been one of the most meaningful and rewarding high school experiences for many participants.

NatureBridge Backpacking in Yosemite – photo NatureBridge

“By gaining a stronger relationship with nature and discovering a deeper part of myself, I now see the influence of my actions and the amount of power that I have in creating change,” wrote Marisa, 2017 participant. “This experience gave me an incredible sense of bravery to be the person that I want to be and that I know I am.”

For Summer 2018, students may choose from two-week sessions in Yosemite National Park (June 24 – July 7 or July 15 – July 28), and one-week and two-week sessions in Olympic National Park (July 15 – July 21 or July 22 – Aug. 3, respectively).

No backpacking experience is necessary and financial aid is available.

Students and parents who are interested are encouraged to contact Katie Draude, NatureBridge Summer Programs Manager, at 415-598-9832 or kdraude@naturebridge.org.

To learn more about NatureBridge’s Summer Backpacking visit naturebridge.org/summerbackpacking.

About NatureBridge

Founded in 1971, NatureBridge provides environmental science programs for students in the world’s best classrooms—our national parks. These residential programs connect students to the wonder and science of nature and inspire the stewards of tomorrow. As the largest residential education partner of the National Park Service, NatureBridge serves more than 30,000 participants each year and offers programs in six national parks: Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Channel Islands National Park, and Prince William Forest Park. For more information, visit naturebridge.org. NatureBridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has a diverse group of partners, including Klean Kanteen, National Geographic Society–Education Department, National Parks Conservation Association, Oracle, and REI. For more information, visit: naturebridge.org.

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