Yosemite School Trips | Expert-led Outdoor Education

School & Group Environmental Science at Yosemite

Immersed in deep valleys, grand meadows, and ancient sequoias, students study human impacts on nature, build confidence, and form new connections with each other and the natural world.

Yosemite 150th anniversary


On October 1, 2015, the park will commemorate the 125th anniversary of the establishment of Yosemite National Park. Find out more about Yosemite's history and commemorative events on the Yosemite anniversary website.


NatureBridge at Yosemite
P.O. Box 487
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
209-379-9510 (fax)


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Driving in Yosemite

Please follow NatureBridge and National Park Service directions. GPS does not work correctly in the Park.

Our Educators

Our staff of highly skilled educators is key to the success of NatureBridge. Equipped with a wealth of experience, education, and training, our educators change lives by creating dynamic programs that foster connections in Yosemite.

The best in our field

Our environmental science educators have years of teaching experience in outdoor and environmental education programs and a contagious enthusiasm for exploring the natural world.

All of our educators have:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Wilderness First Responder certification
  • Passion about teaching, youth, and the environment

Many of our educators:

  • Have traveled or lived abroad, sometimes volunteering for organizations or studying foreign languages.
  • Have worked as national park rangers or as certified classroom teachers.
  • Currently serve as educators, musicians, photographers, philosophers, poets, birders, artists, athletes, and more.

***Upon conditional hiring, all NatureBridge staff are fingerprinted and background checkedProspective staff with records of previous convictions related to the services we provide will not be considered for employment.

Educator Spotlight - Ashley Schmid

Growing up on the East Coast, Ashley’s first visit to California was a trip to Yosemite. Before the end of her first summer in the Sierras she was already calling this place home. Ashley finds so much gratitude in being able to share this special place with students throughout the year as an Environmental Science Educator. She is passionate about cultivating leadership, self-awareness, and a curiosity for natural history in connection to a sense of place. Ashley has been involved with outdoor education as an educator, expedition leader, logistics coordinator, and student in almost half the country and holds five teaching certificates in two states. She held many positions before coming to NatureBridge in Yosemite, including being the lead teacher in a special education classroom. Ashley earned her graduate degree from Rutgers University in Learning, Cognition, and Development and her undergraduate degree from Penn State University in Special Education with an emphasis in Adventure Literature. 

“Without a doubt, [NatureBridge’s] teaching staff is central to the success of environmental science programs. They are a principal motivation behind participating teachers’ decisions to attend. Their content knowledge, passion, and creativity in working with children are outstanding.” — 2000 Stanford Evaluation, Final Report

"From the moment we met our NatureBridge environmental educator until the moment we said our goodbyes, we were learning. Not just about Yosemite, but about ourselves and the world we live in!” — Tracy Nuñez, North Star Academy parent chaperone

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Need-based scholarships are available. Find more funding ideas and download a scholarship application in the Funding Ideas drawer of the Plan Your Program page of our website.  


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