Students enjoying a hike in Yosemite Valley

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 with our experienced educators. Days are filled with learning, games, group challenges, exploration and hiking. NatureBridge will not be offering this program for summer 2023. 

Program Details

Tuition includes educator-led instruction Monday-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.
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Planning Resources

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.

Join us in Yosemite!


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


Erika Miranda