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NatureBridge Summer Teen Program in Yosemite National Park Builds Future Scientists and Leaders

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Date: February 13, 2013

NatureBridge, the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service, opened registration for the Summer Field Research Course at its Yosemite campus. This two-week immersive backcountry expedition will give participants the opportunity to conduct rigorous field science investigations in one of the most iconic national parks in the country.

The course offers the ultimate teen summer science adventure. Students will work with scientists and produce their own ecological research project, which will empower them to make informed decisions about the Sierra Nevada ecosystem. Using cutting-edge technology, participants have endless possibilities to study the natural world and to inspire responsible actions to sustain it.

"Teenagers emerge from the Summer Field Research Course knowing how to think like scientists," said Scott Borden, course director. "The course is student-centered, inquiry-based learning at its most adventurous. Students learn field research skills that can transfer to high school, college and beyond."

In Yosemite, students may choose from two sessions in the summer of 2013: June 30 through July 13 or July 27 through August 9. Students interested in the program are encouraged to contact NatureBridge directly at 209-379-9511 extension 19 oryosemitefieldresearch@ naturebridge.org.

The Summer Field Research Course is also offered in Olympic National Park and will take place July 14 through 26. Please contact 206-382-6212 extension 13 orolympicfieldresearch@ naturebridge.org with any questions.

To learn more about NatureBridge's Summer Field Research programs and to register online, visitnaturebridge.org/ summerfieldresearch.

About NatureBridge
Founded in 1971, NatureBridge provides environmental field science education for students in the world's best classrooms-our national parks. Through residential education programs, NatureBridge connects students to the wonder and science of nature and inspires the stewards of tomorrow. As the largest residential education partner of theNational Park Service, the organization serves more than 30,000 students each year and offers programs in six national parks: Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Channel Islands National Park, and Prince William Forest Park. NatureBridge also offers professional development opportunities for teachers and family and youth programs. NatureBridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has a diverse group of partners, includingClif Bar,Google,Klean Kanteen,National Geographic Education Foundation,National Parks Conservation Association,OracleandREI.For more information, visitwww.naturebridge.org.

Did You Know?

Cars and campers in a meadow in Yosemite Valley.

Unrestricted camping is no longer allowed in Yosemite Valley because of damage it causes. The placement of campgrounds and campsites has changed over the past 75 years in response to a growing understanding of river dynamics, geologic hazards, and the park's natural and cultural resources.