Keep it Wild with Student Conservation Association

An SCA crew works together to clear debris from trails and restore wilderness character to the backcountry.

Each year, a crew of college interns works alongside National Park Service teams during a 35-day program in the wilderness to remove invasive plants, restore abandoned or “social” trails, and remove inappropriate campsites. SCA crews generally survey more than 15 square miles (9,600 acres), walking more than 40 miles in about 30 days. Thanks to their work, natural processes have been restored and ecosystems preserved.

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Youth in Yosemite

Conservancy-funded Youth in Yosemite Programs connect young people to nature while changing lives. These programs span the range of youth development and open up new educational, career and life choices for many.