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Yosemite is Our Backyard

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Yosemite is Our Backyard is specifically tailored for the children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of Yosemite area community members. Participants explore Yosemite Valley and Crane Flat with our experienced educators. Days are filled with learning, games, group challenges, exploration and hiking.

We're sorry to share that the summer 2020 session is cancelled due to the impacts and uncertainty of COVID-19. We hope to see you and your family next year!

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Program Details

Tuition includes educator-led instruction Monday-Friday, transportation to Crane Flat on Thursday and dinner at Crane Flat for all participants and parents on Thursday night.

Itinerary week of June 15-19, 2020

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

  • Participants meet each day at 8:45 a.m. at the NatureBridge office (across from the NPS administration building) in Yosemite Valley.
  • Parents pick up their children at the NatureBridge office at 3:45 p.m.

On Thursday, the program includes a cookout and campfire at Crane Flat. Morning drop-off time and location is the same as on other days.

  • In the morning, students will be transported to Crane Flat for a hike to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias and the evening's activities.
  • Parents are invited to join us for the cookout and campfire! Come up to Crane Flat at 5:30 for a yummy dinner and fun campfire!
  • Thursday night pick-up is at NatureBridge's Crane Flat campus at 7:30 p.m.
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Planning Resources

To register, click the "Register Now" button. You will be led to our Eventbrite page. There, you will receive instructions for payment and online registration, as well as parent RSVP information for Thursday night's cookout and campfire.

Packing List, Itinerary, Directions, and Barbeque Info - All the info you need!

Need-based financial aid is available. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, NatureBridge offers need-based financial aid for all of our programs. To apply for financial aid, send an email to with a short description of your family's need.


In order to have adequate supervision for the students, we will need one or two parents to volunteer to help out in each hiking group each day of the program.

If you are able to volunteer for one of our three-day shifts, we are offering half-price tuition for one child.

Volunteer shifts are Monday-Wednesday or Wednesday-Friday. Please note that it may not be possible for parents to be in their own child's group.

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How to

Find Us

NatureBridge at Yosemite
P.O. Box 487
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389