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.

Environmental-education programs in Yosemite’s gateway communities inspire youth.

Students celebrate special park service milestones and learn about their public lands

Children and youth explore nature in Yosemite’s popular Junior Ranger Program.

Children and youth explore nature in one of Yosemite’s most popular programs

Underserved youth learn about nature through photography in Yosemite.

Underserved youth explore nature through photography

Underserved youth are introduced to Yosemite through WildLink programs.

Underserved youth learn conservation in Yosemite

UC Merced’s on-campus center connects Yosemite with youth in their own communities.

The on-campus center connects the park with youth in their own communities