To ensure the well-being of our employees and the public, we are canceling or postponing many programs, events and operations. For details on our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, click here. Yosemite National Park is closed to all park visitors until further notice. See the Yosemite National Park site and the NPS Public Health Update for more information.

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Every year, our donors support multiple youth programs in the park. While each program’s official timeline might end with a presentation, a photo exhibit, or the last day of a summer backpacking trip, the impacts of those experiences often reverberate well into the future.

Park ranger Jessica Rivas, a former youth program participant, is living proof that Youth in Yosemite Programs can inspire careers and shape lives.. We introduced our readers to Jessica in 2016, when she wrote about meeting President Obama during his visit to the park, and about working at the UC Merced Wilderness Education Center. In 2017, she starred in the inaugural episode of Park Champions, a mini-documentary series from Parks Project and Compass Coalition. Watch to find out what makes her a park champion!



Video credit: Park Champions // Yosemite National Park from Compass Coalition on Vimeo.