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NatureBridge Summer Backpacking Programs for Teens in Yosemite and Olympic National Parks Builds Future Scientists and Leaders

Written by Charlie Pankey

Registration is open for summer backpacking programs in Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — February 28, 2019 —NatureBridge, the largest non-profit educational partner of theNational Park Service, leads life-changing backpacking programs for middle and high school students in Yosemite and Olympic National Parks each summer. These one-week and two-week programs offer the perfect mix of backpacking, science and adventure and give participants the opportunity to conduct field science investigations in two of the most iconic national parks in the country.

NatureBridge Summer Backpacking programs are designed to develop future environmental leaders as they take students on a challenging physical and academic journey into spectacular wilderness. Students participate in a multi-day backpacking adventure, conduct hands-on science projects and develop their leadership skills. Supported by a new group of friends, students return home with a deeper connection to nature, empowered to pursue their interest in environmental science. Alumni students have used their NatureBridge summer backpacking experience and research for school capstone projects, college entrance essays and job resumes.

“I learned about flexibility with new people, [I gained] a deeper understanding of the life in the forest, and I also learned that I am stronger than I have ever thought,” wrote India, a 2018 Summer Backpacking participant.

Registration is open for Summer 2019, with programs available in June and July. NatureBridge is excited to expand its summer offerings this year to include trips for middle school students. No backpacking experience is necessary and financial aid is available!

Students and parents who are interested are encouraged to contact Katie Draude, NatureBridge Summer Programs Manager, at 415-598-9832 or kdraude@naturebridge.orgTo learn more about NatureBridge’s Summer Backpacking visit

About NatureBridge

Founded in 1971, NatureBridge provides environmental science programs for students in the world’s best classrooms—our national parks. These residential programs connect students to the wonder and science of nature and inspire the stewards of tomorrow. As the largest non-profit educational partner of the National Park Service, NatureBridge serves more than 35,000 participants each year and offers programs in six national parks: Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Channel Islands National Park, and Prince William Forest Park. For more information,

images courtesy of Katie Draude | NatureBridge Media

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