Inspiring the next generation of park stewards starts now – and Yosemite is leading the way. The key events and histories associated with the anniversaries of the Yosemite Grant Act, Wilderness Act and National Park Service serve as valuable but time-sensitive teaching tools to engage youth with the park’s past, and to encourage them to become stewards today and in the future.

This project, which launched in 2013, brings environmental-education programs to schools in Yosemite’s gateway communities, connecting youth to the legacy of national parks at a vital time in their academic progress. In 2014, hundreds of students from the project’s partner schools learned about and celebrated the park, public lands and stewardship through a wide range of activities, including field trips to Yosemite, ranger-led educational programs and the June 30 event commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant.

By establishing strong relationships with local schools, Yosemite is encouraging young people to explore, learn about and develop a deep connection with the park. Your support helps inspire today’s youth to grow into tomorrow’s public lands leaders, creating a long-lasting culture of stewardship.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park, NatureBridge and additional Yosemite gateway youth programs.

Shauna Potocky

Branch Chief of Education

Project Notes

We’re providing programs to help show young people the magic of our national parks; it’s a connection we hope they will carry with them the rest of their lives.