Healthy trails help ensure a healthy park. Overused or damaged trails can cause vegetation loss, erosion and poor water quality. Conservancy donors have helped fund the California Conservation Corps (CCC) program in Yosemite for many years, enabling diverse young adults (ages 18–25) to spend a season restoring trails, learning about environmental stewardship, and developing work and life skills.

The 2017 Tuolumne River Watershed CCC crew worked on dozens of miles of trails, from Hetch Hetchy to Mount Gibson and Virginia Canyon.  Working alongside Yosemite experts, crew members honed restoration skills, such as building stone steps and laying tread; learned how high-quality trails protect natural resources and provide safe wilderness access; and built a foundation for success in future careers.

Your support funded important improvements on Yosemite’s beloved trails while helping to shape the next generation of park stewards. Read our blog post about the 2017 CCC crews to meet some of the young people who participated in the program!

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park and California Conservation Corps.


Participant, California Conservation Corps

Project Notes

This is a unique opportunity for the young men and women of this country to step up and learn firsthand the importance of the national park system. Giving them your support enables a new generation to experience, grow and shape the future of Yosemite.