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Attention Future Scientists: Get Your Backpack On!

NatureBridge, the largest non-profit educational partner of the National Park Service, leads life-changing backpacking programs for middle and high school students in Yosemite and Olympic National Parks each summer.

These one-week and two-week programs offer the perfect mix of backpacking, science and adventure and give participants the opportunity to conduct field science investigations in two of the most iconic national parks in the country.

NatureBridge Summer Backpacking programs are designed to develop future environmental leaders as they take students on a challenging physical and academic journey into spectacular wilderness. Students participate in a multi-day backpacking adventure, conduct hands-on science projects and develop their leadership skills. Supported by a new group of friends, students return home with a deeper connection to nature, empowered to pursue their interest in environmental science. Alumni students have used their NatureBridge summer backpacking experience and research for school capstone projects, college entrance essays and job resumes.

“I learned about flexibility with new people, [I gained] a deeper understanding of the life in the forest, and I also learned that I am stronger than I have ever thought,” wrote India, a 2018 Summer Backpacking participant.

Registration is open for Summer 2019, with programs available in June and July. NatureBridge is excited to expand its summer offerings this year to include trips for middle school students. No backpacking experience is necessary and financial aid is available!

Students and parents who are interested are encouraged to contact Katie Draude, NatureBridge Summer Programs Manager, at 415-598-9832 or, [email protected]. To learn more about NatureBridge’s Summer Backpacking visit online at:

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