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Yosemite National Park to Participate in Action Research Collaborative (Oct. 2011)

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Date: October 5, 2011

Merced and Fresno Meetings Scheduled to Barriers to Outdoor Activity Participation

Yosemite National Park, in collaboration with Breaking Barriers, will participate in two community forums in Merced and Fresno. These forums are designed to explore socioeconomic and cultural barriers to outdoor activity participation.  

The two forums will take place on:

Tuesday, October 11th - Merced
Boys & Girls Club of Merced County
615 West 15th Street
Youth: 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Will focus on youth)
Community: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Will focus on the larger community)

Tuesday, October 25th - Fresno
Zimmerman Boys & Girls Club
540 North Augusta
Youth: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Will focus on youth)
Community: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Will focus on the larger community)

A pizza dinner and beverages will be provided at both meetings.  

In partnership with several community organizations, the community forums will gather information on common barriers, motivations, and shared ideas concerning youth participation in the outdoors through a facilitated listening session. The information collected will help the partners create effective outreach models, relevant outdoor programming, and a regional Advisory Council.  

Agencies participating in this outreach forum include Yosemite National Park, WildLink, Yosemite Leadership Program, and Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC).

Did You Know?

Merced River Gorge

Descending from Yosemite Valley, the Merced River becomes a continuous cascade in a narrow gorge littered by massive boulders. Dropping 2,000 feet in 14 miles, canyon walls rise steeply from the river and have many seasonal waterfalls cascading down to the river.