Despite living just hours from Yosemite, many underserved California youth find the park to be inaccessible, due to barriers such as limited access to equipment and transportation, or community perceptions. By funding programs such as WildLink, your support helps remove these barriers and connect young people to the park.

WildLink offers teens a crucial first introduction to Yosemite and opens doors to other opportunities. The program provides students with lasting connections to the natural world through wilderness- and home-based experiences, empowering them to transform their lives and become stewards in Yosemite and in their own communities.

In addition to exploring the park through a five-day expedition, where they learn about topics including air and water quality, cultural and natural history, and environmental conservation and stewardship, participants serve as “wilderness ambassadors” by completing community-based service projects at home. In 2014, for example, WildLink students cleaned up a riverbed in their town, volunteered at a festival focused on celebrating and protecting birds, organized and led day hikes for family and friends in their local wilderness areas, and more. 

With your help, the Conservancy is supporting life-changing programs that connect youth and families to new educational and outdoor opportunities.

Partnering with WildLink, Yosemite National Park, NatureBridge and the U.S. 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.