Yosemite School Programs | Outdoor Adventure

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
209-379-9511
209-379-9510 (fax)
yosemite@naturebridge.org
 

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Driving in Yosemite

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

Your NatureBridge Program

Ready to plan your trip? We’ve put together the resources you need to streamline the planning process. Please look over the contents below. If you need additional information, please call or e-mail as directed in the sections below.

Logistical Overview

Watch this short video to prepare for your NatureBridge trip to Yosemite.

Group Coordinator Manual and Logistical Checklist: this overview of our programs in Yosemite offers information on paperwork, frequently asked questions, contact information, and a checklist to help you you plan and organize your program with us from the first step to arrival day.

NatureBridge Presentation: are you holding a parent or school meeting to provide more information about your NatureBridge trip? We created a presentation you can use along with notes to guide the way. The presentation is available in both English and Spanish. Contact the Yosemite Outreach and Enrollment team (yosemitereservations@naturebridge.org) for a downloadable PowerPoint or GoogleSlides presentation. 

Required Forms

We recommend using the latest version of Adobe Reader (download free) to electronically fill out the following planning forms.

Have questions about any of these forms?  Contact the Yosemite Operations team at yoseoperationsmanager@naturebridge.org or yosemiteopssupport@naturebridge.org or by phone at 209-379-9511 ext 12 or 13.

Next steps: Are you looking for information to share with your students and parents? Find more in "Information for Students & Families."

Participant Registration Form (English) (Spanish): all students and adults must complete and sign this form to participate in our programs.

Student Contract (Spanish):  this is the contract your student will sign agreeing to campus behavior guidelines.

Environmental Science Clothing, Equipment List, & Student Contract (English)

Environmental Science Clothing and Equipment List (Spanish)

Day Only Program Equipment

Backpacking Equipment List (Spanish)

Participants can purchase items from the NatureBridge store online. T-shirts, hoodies, baseball caps, beanies, bandannas, and Klean Kanteen stainless steel water bottles are available for purchase as souvenirs of their time with NatureBridge in Yosemite. All proceeds support the NatureBridge scholarship program!

Thank you for volunteering to be a chaperone!  Your positive attitude and willingness to participate are of great importance to both students and NatureBridge staff.

Chaperone Manual:  This lays out the trip and discusses the chaperone’s role in program success. All chaperones need to read this before attending.

Participant Registration Form (English) (Spanish Version): all students and adults must complete and sign this form to participate in our program.

If you decide to participate as a chaperone on one of our programs, you can expect:

  • To hike 5-7 miles a day with an elevation gain of up to 2,000 feet.
  • To participate as a positive role model during the program. You will be in charge of 24 hour supervision and discipline for students in your care.
  • To be in a different trail group than your son/daughter. In our 40 years of experience, we have found that students engage more freely with their group members without a parent present.
  • To possibly not participate in day programs each day. No more than two adults are allowed to hike with each field group.

Working together

Fundraising can be a fun and creative group activity. When students work together to raise funds for an exciting goal, the process becomes a fulfilling endeavor. Many schools provide their students with the opportunity to raise their own tuition or funds for transportation to campus.
Community investment in students and schools increases when local businesses, civic groups, and families have an opportunity to participate and engage in the fundraising process.

Funding Ideas

View our page of fundraising ideas to get your creative juices flowing.  If you have a creative idea or a success story you would like to share with other teachers, please send us your idea.

Grants

View our page of grant opportunities and writing tips to get you started.  If you have a success store you would like to share with other teachers, please send us your idea.

NatureBridge Scholarships

NatureBridge is committed to reaching students in all the communities we serve. Thanks to the generosity of donors, NatureBridge offers scholarships to approximately 35 percent of our schools.  Scholarships are awarded based on the free and reduced lunch rate of a school (or private-school equivalent) and/or other supplemental information to support need.

If you believe your school or group may qualify for a scholarship, please fill out and submit a scholarship application form to Madeleine Patton or fax it to 209-379-9510.

Plan next year’s trip

Please contact our Reservations Coordinator at yosemitereservations@naturebridge.org or call 209-379-9511 ext 25 to reserve time for your next visit.

Stewardship

Stewardship doesn't end in Yosemite! One of our passions as educators is giving students the resources to make a difference in their home communities. Using what they have learned about stewardship and fragile ecosystems in Yosemite, students are better prepared to engage in stewardship opportunities at home. Below is a link to a list of stewardship organizations in many of our student's home communities. Give back to the place that has given you so much!

Coastal/Waterways Cleanup:

  • The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. If you live near a beach, there is most likely a chapter nearby ready to work with you!
  • Adopt-A-Beach is a program by the California Coastal Commission that can help your group do a waterway cleanup any day you choose! Adopt a beach or coastline with your school group and make a difference every day!

San Francisco

  • Save The Bay is the largest regional organization working to protect, restore and celebrate San Francisco Bay. As its leading champion since 1961, Save The Bay protects the Bay from pollution and inappropriate shoreline development, making it cleaner and healthier for people and wildlife. Come join this organization in making the San Francisco Bay a more beautiful place!
  • Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. This regional chapter is a great resource for meeting up with people interested in getting outdoors and engaging in environmental stewardship.

Marin County

  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area VIP Program. One of the world's largest urban national parks, Golden Gate National Recreation Area hugs the California coastline for nearly 60 miles in and around San Francisco. Be a part of their Volunteer in Parks Progam (VIP) to help maintain this park's beauty.

Berkeley and the East Bay

  • The EarthTeam's mission is to create a new generation of environmental stewards and leaders by introducing into the classroom and the community environmental experiences that inspire dedication to a healthy environment. This is a great source of information about various volunteer organizations in the Bay Area!
  • Friends of Five Creeks is an all-volunteer group working hands-on for clean water and healthy watersheds. They protect and restore natural areas that welcome both wildlife and people on the urbanized east side of San Francisco Bay.
  • East Bay Regional Parks. The various natural and cultural resources of the East Bay Regional Park District, including rare plants and animals, valley grasslands and chaparral-covered hills, ancient pictographs and bedrock mortars, and panoramic vistas, are a public treasure. Contact the district to help clean up and protect these parks for future generations.

San Jose/Palo Alto Area

  • Acterra was formed in 2000 by the merger of two of the region's most respected and effective environmental organizations: the Peninsula Conservation Center Foundation (founded in 1970) and Bay Area Action (formed in 1990). Its mission is to bring people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet. Contact them for information on volunteering in the South Bay area.
  • The Friends of Edgewood Natural Preserve exists to protect and celebrate Edgewood as a unique treasure by promoting exemplary stewardship, and by reaching out with informative public programs. This volunteer-driven organization believes in and fosters the values of environmental stewardship.
  • Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter. A great resource for meeting up with people interested in getting outdoors and engaging in environmental stewardship.

Los Angeles Area

  • Friends of Ballona Wetlands’ mission is to champion the restoration and protection of the Ballona Wetlands, involving and educating the public as advocates and stewards. Contact them for information on how to get involved in restoring your local wetlands!
  • The Los Angeles Audubon Society welcomes volunteers for their programs, events, and administrative efforts. They offer a range of opportunities, from the office to the field. Help restore native habitat and make a difference in the lives of humans and native animals alike!
  • Sierra Club Angeles Chapter A great resource for meeting up with people interested in getting outdoors and engaging in environmental stewardship.

Sacramento Area

Or contact us at:
209-336-0089
 

Scholarships

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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