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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 – 2020
Help teens from Central Valley communities build confidence and connect with nature, through a 40-day Yosemite course, hiking trips, mentoring and leadership education.
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CCC: Restore Merced Watershed Trails – 2020
Restore trails in the Valley and southern wilderness with support from California Conservation Corps members (ages 18–25), who spend a season learning and working with NPS crews.
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CCC: Restore Tuolumne Watershed Trails – 2020
Improve trails in the Hetch Hetchy area and northern wilderness, while providing young adults from the California Conservation Corps with hands-on experience, employment and education.
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Junior Ranger Programs – 2020
Inspire Yosemite’s future stewards through Junior Ranger activities that encourage kids and families to explore, learn about and protect the natural world.
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Parks in Focus®: Inspire Youth Through Photography – 2020
Provide inspiring outdoor experiences for Bay Area middle school students through five-day Yosemite camping trips focused on photography and stewardship.
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WildLink: Connecting Teens to Nature – 2020
Provide California teenagers with empowering outdoor experiences through five-day Yosemite expeditions, community outreach and stewardship projects, and career exploration.
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Yosemite Leadership Program and Wilderness Education Center – 2020
Educate and inspire new environmental leaders through interconnected UC Merced–affiliated programs.
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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 over $130 million to Yosemite for more than 680 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.