Please note: This project is on hold for 2021, due to COVID-19.

Project overview: Launch a partnership with the Eco Club at Los Angeles’ Ánimo Ralph Bunche High School by supporting a weeklong Yosemite field trip centered on outdoor learning and environmental conservation.

How your support helps: Ánimo Ralph Bunche is a Title I charter high school in LA that opened in 2006 to serve students from the city’s Downtown, Central Alameda and Vernon communities. The school’s extracurricular offerings include “Eco Club,” which aims to raise awareness of environmental issues, provide students with opportunities for outdoor recreation, and develop leadership through environmental stewardship.

For the past few years, the Eco Club has partnered with the Sierra Club’s Inspiring Connections Outdoors program to coordinate local outings, including trips in Yosemite. Now, your support can help a group of Eco Club students return to Yosemite for a weeklong educational and service experience. Your gifts will provide critical funding for transportation and field-trip staff, and minimize costs for the students and their families.

Before the trip, the students will get an introduction to Yosemite through an online ranger talk. Throughout their week in Yosemite, they’ll explore the park, learn about the park’s history and significance, and work on stewardship projects with park staff, such as removing social trails and restoring habitat. Afterward they’ll share some of their observations and memories from the trip with fellow Eco Club members and the wider school community.

Project partners: Yosemite National Park, Ánimo Ralph Bunche High School and Sierra Club (Inspiring Connections Outdoors).

Athena Demetry

Vegetation and Ecological Restoration, Yosemite National Park

Project Notes

“Students growing up in our digital age go outdoors less and less and need these opportunities now more than ever. ... Students will spend a week learning about Yosemite’s national and environmental importance, enjoying its magic, and caring for the park through service.”