Project overview: Encourage diverse California high schoolers to learn about and champion the environment via online lessons, community-based projects, and park-focused career exploration. WildLink is a NatureBridge and NPS program.

How your support helps: WildLink, a long-running partnership between NatureBridge and the National Park Service, is dedicated to helping teenagers from traditionally underserved California communities — mostly students of color, who are underrepresented in Yosemite — access, experience, and build lasting relationships with public lands. 

Yosemite Conservancy donors have supported WildLink almost every year since the program launched in 2000. During the past two decades, WildLink has served more than 1,500 students, including through more than 100 outdoor expeditions and 75 stewardship projects. Ten program alumni have gone on to careers in the National Park Service. 

This year: In 2024, your gifts will provide opportunities and experiences for traditionally underrepresented and underresourced student populations to build lasting relationships to Yosemite, wilderness, and public lands.

Learn more about WildLink on the NatureBridge website.

Project partners: Yosemite National Park and NatureBridge

Lissie Kretsch

Wilderness Education Coordinator, Yosemite National Park

Project Notes

"It is our collective opportunity and responsibility to provide programs that continue to bring and connect an accurate representation of California's population to the parks."