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Nature Bridge

Tuolumne Grove Nature TrailNature Bridge is a campus of the largest educational partner of the National Park Service.

For almost 40 years, NatureBridge has provided hands-on educational adventures in the world’s greatest classroom: Yosemite National Park. In our customized multi-day programs, students build leadership and interpersonal skills as they work through high-energy academic curriculum in the sciences and social studies. For individual teenagers, Yosemite Institute also offers the Summer Field Research Course. While backpacking the Yosemite wilderness, participating students earn college credit for designing an ecological research course!

NatureBridge fosters environmental literacy to sustain the planet. Through hands-on environmental science programs in nature’s classroom, they bring science to life for more than 30,000 children and teens each year.

NatureBridge environmental science programs in Yosemite National Park offer students in grades K-12 the opportunity to learn hands-on science in one of the world’s most stunning geologic wonders.  They offer two- to five-day residential outdoor science programs are led by experienced educators and customized to enhance your school’s curriculum.

  • A classroom like no other: Students hike through the dramatic landscapes of Yosemite, explore ancient groves of giant sequoias, ski across snowy meadows, and challenge themselves to reach the tops of waterfalls.
  • Inquiry-based learning: Students explore the geologic history of the Sierra Nevada; engage in field research projects, such as macroinvertebrate biomonitoring; and discover how the environment has supported humans, from the early Miwok to the present.
  • Inspired to action: Students are empowered to see how their actions impact their community and the world around them through service learning projects, such as removing invasive species that threaten biodiversity in the Park.

Bring your class!

Contact NatureBridge, email, or call Madeleine Patton at 209-379-9511 ext 25.

To find out more about NatureBridge, contact 209-379-9511  or visit

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