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Helping kids and teens experience Yosemite’s wonders and create lasting connections with nature.

Yosemite’s future depends on its future champions. Your support can fund programs that inspire the next generation of park-lovers and public lands leaders by helping kids, teens and young adults get outside, explore and learn about the natural world, and participate in stewardship projects.

Current Projects

Adventure Risk Challenge: Empower Future Stewards – 2019
Create transformational outdoor experiences for low-income Central Valley teens through a 40-day academic- and adventure-focused summer course, weekend retreats and mentoring.
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Junior Ranger Programs – 2019
Inspire Yosemite’s future stewards through year-round Junior Ranger activities that encourage kids to explore, learn about and protect the natural world.
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Parks in Focus: Inspire Youth Through Photography – 2019
Provide underserved Bay Area middle school students with inspiring outdoor experiences through five-day Yosemite camping trips focused on photography and stewardship.
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WildLink: Teens Connect to the Natural World – 2019
Engage underserved California youth in public lands through five-day Yosemite expeditions, community outreach and stewardship projects, and NPS-focused career exploration.
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Yosemite Leadership Program: Education & Internships – 2019
Educate and inspire new environmental leaders through interconnected UC Merced–affiliated programs: an on-campus Wilderness Education Center, a two-year academic program and summer internships.
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Through donor-supported youth programs, tens of thousands of children have earned their Junior Ranger badges, middle- and high-school students have immersed in the Yosemite Wilderness on camping and backpacking trips, undergraduates have learned about environmental leadership and completed prestigious internships with park professionals, and young adults have honed trail restoration skills in the ultimate outdoor classroom.

The impact of those programs doesn’t end when a hike, summer course or semester wraps up — many youth-program alumni have gone on to careers in public lands, including in Yosemite.

Areas of Focus

Thanks to supporters, we’ve provided $125 million to Yosemite for more than 640 completed projects. Donor gifts help improve trails, restore habitat, protect wildlife, inspire the next generation of nature-lovers and more. Explore our funding areas to see current and past projects.