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Vanna Barcelos first fell in love with Yosemite while backpacking, rock-climbing, writing, and learning about the natural world during a 40-day Adventure Risk Challenge summer course. Photo: Adventure Risk Challenge

Will Fassett, associate director of Adventure Risk Challenge, shares the story of a student who found her passion for public lands through donor-supported youth programs in Yosemite.

The title screen of "Park Champions: Yosemite National Park," a video featuring Yosemite ranger Jessica Rivas. Image courtesy of Parks Project and Compass Coalition.

Meet Jessica Rivas: Youth in Yosemite program alum, park ranger, and star of the inaugural "Park Champions" episode from Parks Project and Compass Coalition.

Portraits of the 2017 California Conservation Corps crew members who spent a season living, working and learning on Yosemite's trails. Credit: © Yosemite Conservancy/Ryan Kelly
Thanks to Yosemite's California Conservation Corps trail restoration program, long supported by Conservancy donors, another group of 18- to 25-year-olds got to spend several months living and working in the park this year. The two CCC crews wrapped up their season in September, feeling accomplished, adventurous, and ready to take on new experiences.
Parks in Focus participants pull invasive plants from a meadow in Yosemite Valley, with help from their trip leader and a Yosemite Leadership Program intern. Photo: © Yosemite Conservancy/Ryan Kelly

From fourth-graders and middle-schoolers to college students and young alums, youth programs in Yosemite are helping new generations put down roots in the natural world.