Despite living near Yosemite, many young Californians lack access to the park, facing barriers related to transportation, income or community perceptions. WildLink breaks down those walls to give underserved teens the chance to experience and learn from the wilderness.

During five-day backpacking expeditions, WildLink participants learn outdoor skills, help with ecological restoration and meet with park professionals. Later, they share what they’ve learned about the value of public lands through community-based stewardship projects and presentations, and through WildLink’s family weekends in Yosemite. After the academic-year program, a select group of alumni spends two weeks exploring careers in Yosemite. Graduates of WildLink, a longtime Conservancy grantee, have gone on to work in the National Park Service.

Your gift supports life-changing programs that connect youth to nature in a national park — and in their own neighborhoods.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park and NatureBridge

Lissie Kretsch

Wilderness Education Coordinator, Yosemite National Park

Project Notes

It has never been more relevant for our agency and its partners to share the value of public lands with both younger and more diverse populations.