In 1971, a high school teacher named Don Rees assembled a group of 50 high school students in Yosemite for a week-long adventure. That trip inspired the founding of NatureBridge, formerly Yosemite Institute, and nearly five decades of overnight environmental education in our national parks.
The largest non-profit educational partner of the National Park Service, NatureBridge today serves over 35,000 students and 700 schools each year in national parks across the country: Yosemite National Park and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California; Olympic National Park in Washington; and Prince William Forest Park in Virginia.
Our mission is to connect young people to the wonder and science of the natural world, igniting self-discovery and inspiring stewardship of our planet. Since our inception, we’ve provided life-changing experiences for more than one million students. We award $1.2 million in scholarship support each year to almost 50 percent of participating schools.
The Wilderness Programs Manager is responsible for managing and coordinating wilderness programs, operated by NatureBridge in Yosemite, including environmental science backcountry programs, Merced Grove Cabin trips, and also supports extended summer backcountry programming including NatureBridge Summer Backpacking, ALCOA Scholars, and Armstrong Scholars expeditions. The Wilderness Progr