Teens Connect to Yosemite Wilderness through WildLink

Despite living only hours from Yosemite’s spectacular wilderness, California youth don’t often visit the park. This reflects a larger national picture which sees today’s youth spending half the amount of time outdoors than they did 20 years ago.

For many underserved youth Yosemite remains an inaccessible place. Barriers such as access to equipment and transportation, or community perceptions keep them away. Yosemite Conservancy donors have been changing this through ongoing Youth in Yosemite funding for programs like WildLink.

WildLink offers youth that crucial first introduction to Yosemite and opens doors to other youth programs that build on this one.

Students are led on a five-day wilderness expedition where they explore topics including air and water quality, cultural and natural history and environmental conservation and stewardship. Their families and communities are also involved through Family Outreach Visits that are part the preparation for the expedition and Wilderness Ambassador Projects which extend the experience through local stewardship.

With your help we are supporting life-changing programs, connecting youth and their families with new educational and outdoor opportunities.

Partnering with WildLink, Yosemite National Park, NatureBridge and the USDA 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