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NatureBridge Announces Wells Fargo Scholarships for Teens in California’s Central Valley

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Date: April 9, 2013

Summer Field Research Course in Yosemite National Park Builds Future Scientists and Leaders


With a $10,000 grant from the Northern and Central California Region of the Wells Fargo Foundation, NatureBridge is proud to offer scholarship funding for high school students in California's Central Valley for a two-week backcountry science expedition in Yosemite National Park.

NatureBridge's Summer Field Research Course gives teens the opportunity to conduct rigorous field science investigations among the deep valleys and giant sequoias in one of the most iconic national parks in the country.

Students will work with NatureBridge field science educators and produce their own ecological research project, which will empower them to make informed decisions about the Sierra Nevada ecosystem. During the course, participants have endless possibilities to study the natural world and to inspire responsible actions to sustain it.

High school students from Fresno, Kern, Merced, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus Counties can apply to be a Wells Fargo Scholar. Interested participants have the chance to receive a full or partial scholarship based on the strength of their application, a recommendation from a supportive educator or community leader, and the individual's financial need.

"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."

 The 2013 Field Research Course will be held June 30 through July 13. Students, teachers, or community leaders interested in the program are encouraged to contact NatureBridge directly at 209-379-9511 extension 19 or yosemitefieldresearch@naturebridge.org.

NatureBridge is the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service. To learn more about the Yosemite Summer Field Research Course and the Wells Fargo Scholarship program visit naturebridge.org/wellsfargoscholars. The Wells Fargo Scholars project is one of multiple NatureBridge programs generously supported by a $75,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation.

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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 the National 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, including

Wells Fargo, Clif Bar, Google,Klean Kanteen, National Geographic Education Foundation, National Parks Conservation Association, Oracle and REI. For more information, visit www.naturebridge.org.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.3 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com and wachovia.com), and other distribution channels across North America and internationally. We want to help all of our customers succeed financially and create long-term economic growth and quality of life for everyone in our communities. In 2011, the Company invested $213.5 million in grants in 19,000 nonprofits, and team members contributed more than 1.5 million volunteer hours around the country. For more information, please visit: www.wellsfargo.com/about/csr.


About Yosemite National Park  

Yosemite National Park is located in the Central Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in California. The park is home to many waterfalls, including Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in North America. Other iconic features include Half Dome, El Capitan, and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. The park receives approximately 4 million visitors and generates about $380 million dollars to the local economies. Yosemite National Park is open year-round. Please visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/yose and "like" us on Facebook!

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The Merced River flowing serenely through Yosemite Valley

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