Please note that while Yosemite remains open during the federal government shutdown, services and facilities are very limited, and certain areas of the park are closed. For more information, please refer to the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior: visit and

As the impact of the government shutdown continues to be felt, Yosemite Conservancy remains committed to supporting Yosemite National Park.

Click here for more information on the availability of Yosemite Conservancy programs and services during the shutdown.

Teens Connect to Yosemite through WildLink

Teens Connect to Yosemite through WildLink

For many underserved youth living in communities at Yosemite’s doorstep, opportunities to experience wilderness are few and far between. Conservancy funding helps support the WildLink program, where teens explore topics such as air and water quality, cultural and natural history, and environmental conservation and stewardship, all while backpacking in Yosemite. Through these trips, students learn practical skills and form lifelong bonds with nature.

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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.