Engage the Class of 2016 in Park Stewardship

Environmental-education programs in Yosemite’s gateway communities inspire youth.

Inspiring the next generation of park stewards starts now. Through this project, environmental-education programs are being brought to schools in Yosemite’s gateway communities, connecting youth to the legacy of national parks at a vital time in their academic progress.

The key events and histories associated with the anniversaries of the Yosemite Grant Act, Wilderness Act and National Park Service serve as teaching tools to engage youth with these important milestones. Hundreds of students from all grades participate in ranger-led education programs that celebrate and recognize the value of public lands. Many youth participants will go on to volunteer in restoration projects, visitor services or events in their communities.

By establishing strong relationships with local schools, Yosemite is building a long-term plan to create relevancy and enhance stewardship of public lands.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park, NatureBridge and additional Yosemite gateway youth programs.

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Project Notes

We’re providing programs to help show young people the magic of our national parks; it’s a connection we hope they will carry with them the rest of their lives.

Shauna Potocky
Branch Chief of Education
Yosemite National Park