Despite living only hours from Yosemite’s wilderness, many California youth don’t often visit the park. This reflects a larger national picture, which sees today’s youth spending half the amount of time outdoors than youth did 20 years ago.

For many underserved youth, Yosemite remains an inaccessible place. Barriers such as access to equipment and transportation, or community perceptions keep them away. Yosemite Conservancy has been changing this through ongoing Youth in Yosemite funding for programs such as WildLink.

WildLink offers youth that crucial first introduction to Yosemite and opens doors to other youth programs. Students are led on a five-day wilderness expedition, where they explore topics including air and water quality, cultural and natural history, and environmental conservation and stewardship. Their families and communities also become involved through outreach visits.

With your help, we are supporting life-changing programs, and connecting youth and families to new educational and outdoor opportunities.

Partnering with WildLink, Yosemite National Park, NatureBridge and the USDA Forest Service.


Jesse Chakrin

Park Ranger

Project Notes

It’s really important to me to see the next generation of protectors. It makes me feel good to see the next generation of people who will be caring for this place in the way that I have cared for it.