As NatureBridge enters its second half century, we draw upon a tradition of educational innovation to keep our programs relevant and impactful.
Equity and Inclusion
NatureBridge began its scholarship program in 1997. Today over 45% of students attending our programs receive scholarship assistance. Even through the COVID-19 pandemic we have continued to develop our equity practices through a partnership with Justice Outside.
Climate Science Education
At NatureBridge, we believe it is imperative students learn about and discuss global climate change. NatureBridge students learn how climate change is already impacting parks from studying fire science in Yosemite to understanding the retreat of glaciers in Olympic National Park and sea level rise in the Marin Headlands. Our programs develop participants’ environmental science and climate literacy, as well as the critical thinking skills necessary to assess the constantly emerging evidence, theories and perspectives related to this complex subject.
NatureBridge is designing a Climate Science Lab to be located at our Golden Gate Campus. The lab will be a first of its kind within the National Park Service and in the field of residential science education. Students will engage in scientific investigation to better understand the causes of and issues related to climate change and about actions they can take in their home and community to help mitigate the impacts of climate change. Knowledge of action strategies can make climate change less overwhelming for children and is a key predictor of positive environmental behavior.
While connecting students with nature in national parks will always be central to our work, NatureBridge recognizes distance learning can strengthen students’ connection to the outdoors. The pandemic provided an opportunity to develop a distance learning program in support of the schools we serve. In the future, distance learning innovation will allow us to reach students who might never have the opportunity to visit a national park due to economic or geographic barriers.