Teens Connect to Yosemite through WildLink

Underserved youth are introduced to Yosemite through WildLink programs.

Despite living just hours from Yosemite’s wilderness, many underserved California youth find the park to be an inaccessible place, due to barriers such as access to equipment and transportation, or community perceptions. Yosemite Conservancy has been helping change this by funding programs such as WildLink.

WildLink offers teens a crucial first introduction to Yosemite and opens doors to other youth programs. It creates lasting connections to the natural world in Yosemite and at home through wilderness- and home-based experiences, empowering teens to better their lives and communities. Students are led on a five-day expedition in the park, where they explore topics including air and water quality, cultural and natural history, and environmental conservation and stewardship. Their families and communities also become involved through outreach visits.

With your help, the Conservancy is supporting life-changing programs that connect youth and families to new educational and outdoor opportunities.

Partnering with WildLink, Yosemite National Park, NatureBridge and the U.S. Forest Service.

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Project Notes

It’s really important to me to see the next generation of protectors. It makes me feel good to see the next generation of people who will be caring for this place in the way that I have cared for it.

Jesse Chakrin
Park Ranger
Yosemite National Park