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NatureBridge Story

In 1971, our mission to connect young people to the wonder and science of the natural world, igniting self-discovery and inspiring stewardship of our planet, was born in Yosemite National Park. In the decades since, NatureBridge has connected more than 1,000,000 kids to our national parks.

When did your journey with NatureBridge begin? What does 50 years of NatureBridge mean to you? What would 50 years of NatureBridge look like in pictures? Help us showcase the transformative history of NatureBridge by sharing your anecdotes, snapshots and stories of growth with us on social media or at communications@naturebridge.org.

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Students, teachers and chaperones discover something new every day at NatureBridge. There is nothing more illustrative of our mission than bringing these stories from the field to life, so we want to hear from you! Do you have a powerful story of transformation? Did you experience the outdoors with an incredible NatureBridge educator?

Write down your story and share it with us! Email us your story at communications@naturebridge.org. Stories may be featured in NatureBridge materials.

You can also share your photos and stories with us by tagging us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter

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Student of the Year

Each year, we honor a NatureBridge alum who experienced profound growth as a result of a NatureBridge program. Do you know a student who was particularly impacted by their NatureBridge experience? Are you that student?

Apply today!

Award & Benefits

  • The Student of the Year will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for two to San Francisco to be honored at NatureBridge's Gala in May (student will address a crowd of ~300 people)
  • Recognition on the NatureBridge website and on social media
  • Gear and NatureBridge swag for outdoor adventures
  • Invitations to special NatureBridge events throughout the year
  • $1,000 scholarship toward the student's school's next NatureBridge program

Application Requirements

  • One-page letter from student nominee on their NatureBridge experience and how it impacted their life
  • One-page letter of recommendation on why the student should be honored as Student of the Year (applicable to teachers, chaperones, parents, etc.)
  • Student must be able to attend NatureBridge's Gala in San Francisco in May
  • Brief video of nominee talking about their NatureBridge experience (encouraged but not required)

Great applications demonstrate how NatureBridge impacted the nominee's life. How and why did they change? What do they do differently? Why was the experience so powerful?

Applications are accepted throughout the year. The winner is announced in February.

Be our next Student of the Year!