About Us

About Us

We envision a society transformed by the positive impact of a new generation that understands, celebrates, and protects the natural world.

About Us



NatureBridge connects young people to the wonder and science of the natural world, igniting self-discovery and inspiring stewardship of the planet.

Environmental science in nature’s classroom

NatureBridge provides hands-on environmental science programs for children and teens. Our multi-day programs take place outdoors in the magnificence of nature’s classroom, where students are immersed in the wonder and science of our national parks in Yosemite, Golden Gate, Olympic, Santa Monica Mountains, Channel Islands, and Prince William Forest.

Founded as Yosemite Institute in 1971, today NatureBridge welcomes more than 700 schools and 30,000 students and teachers each year to our six campuses. After more than 40 years of teaching and inspiring students, NatureBridge has provided life-changing experiences for more than 1 million participants and is a national leader in the field of environmental education. 

Providing access for all students

NatureBridge environmental science programs are inclusive. Access for all to transformational science experiences and diversity of participants and educators are core organizational values. We strive to make our programs available to students from all communities and work intentionally to bring students from underserved communities to our programs and to our national parks. Almost 50% of our participating schools receive scholarship support, and more than 30% of our students are from underrepresented communities.

The NatureBridge business model is fueled by a powerful combination of earned and contributed revenue. More than 70% of our revenue comes from the tuition associated with our environmental science programs, and the remaining 30% comes from donations. NatureBridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We rely on generous donations to support our mission, to support scholarships, and to support new curricula development and program extensions into classrooms. 

Making an impact

Our staff of environmental science educators is at the core of our organization. Working with small groups of elementary, middle, and high school students, our educators bring science to life in national parks through engaging environmental science lessons: walks, hikes, scrambles, explorations, and overnight backcountry expeditions to the best spots in each park. Our educators bring diverse backgrounds to NatureBridge, including advanced degrees in science and education, experience with scientific research, classroom teaching, wilderness expeditionary leadership, outdoor education, and a wide range of other professions.

Our educators’ strong skills in environmental science and outdoor education, combined with the magnificent settings of our national park campuses, have strong impacts on the students we serve.

Our Core Values

At NatureBridge, the way we work supports our mission just as much as the work we do. Learn about our core values.

Partner Spotlight

We are proud to work side by side with the National Park Service to strengthen the role education plays in our national parks and the role our national parks play in the lives of our youth.