Youth in Yosemite

Youth make a difference in Yosemite while experiencing profound personal growth.

Youth in Yosemite

The Youth in Yosemite Programs our donors support transform the lives of young people — and transform the park. For participants, these programs are often a starting point for a lifetime of exploring, appreciating and protecting the natural world in Yosemite and beyond. Youth in Yosemite Programs span the entire range of youth development, from children earning their Junior Ranger badges while learning about the natural world, to young adults restoring backcountry trails and receiving on-the-job-training for future careers.

Watch our Youth in Yosemite video to see the students in action, or read full length poems from Youth in Yosemite participants in the ARC program.

Create transformational outdoor experiences for low-income Central Valley teens through a 40-day academic- and adventure-focused summer course, weekend retreats and mentoring. Photo: Courtesy of ARC

Create transformational outdoor experiences for low-income Central Valley teens through a 40-day academic- and adventure-focused summer course, weekend retreats and mentoring.

Inspire Yosemite’s future stewards through year-round Junior Ranger activities that encourage kids to explore, learn about and protect the natural world. Photo: Yosemite Conservancy/Keith Walklet

Inspire Yosemite’s future stewards through year-round Junior Ranger activities that encourage kids to explore, learn about and protect the natural world.

Provide underserved Bay Area middle school students with inspiring outdoor experiences through five-day Yosemite camping trips focused on photography and stewardship. Photo: Courtesy of Udall Foundation

Provide underserved Bay Area middle school students with inspiring outdoor experiences through five-day Yosemite camping trips focused on photography and stewardship.

Engage underserved California youth in public lands through five-day Yosemite expeditions, community outreach and stewardship projects, and NPS-focused career exploration. Photo: Courtesy of NPS

Engage underserved California youth in public lands through five-day Yosemite expeditions, community outreach and stewardship projects, and NPS-focused career exploration.

Educate and inspire new environmental leaders through interconnected UC Merced–affiliated programs: an on-campus Wilderness Education Center, a two-year academic program and summer internships. Photo: NPS/Jesse Chakrin

Educate and inspire new environmental leaders through interconnected UC Merced–affiliated programs: an on-campus Wilderness Education Center, a two-year academic program and summer internships.