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Summer Teen Program in Yosemite National Park Offers Academic Enrichment and Wilderness Adventure

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Date: March 8, 2012

Registration is now open for two week field research course

NatureBridge, the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service, opened registration today for its Summer Field Research Course at its Yosemite campus. The course consists of a two-week backpacking trip where teenage participants create and carry out their own ecological research project and learn about the natural history of the Sierra Nevada.

The course offers the ultimate teen summer adventure, combined with rigorous academic content and a challenging backpacking trip in the Yosemite wilderness.

"Teenagers emerge from the Summer Field Research Course knowing how to think like scientists," said Michael Bilodeau, 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 program runs from July 28 through August 10, 2012. Students interested in the program are encouraged to contact NatureBridge directly at 209-379-9511 extension 33 or yosemitefieldresearch@naturebridge.org. To learn more and to register online, visit the Yosemite Summer Field Research Course website http://www.yosemitefieldresearch.org

About NatureBridge
Founded in 1971 as Yosemite Institute and based in San Francisco, NatureBridge is a leader in residential field science and environmental education for America's youth. Its mission is to inspire personal connections to the natural world and responsible actions to sustain it. A signature partner of the National Park Service, NatureBridge currently operates campuses in Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park in Washington State, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Channel Islands National Park. It collectively serves more than 40,000 participants annually through field science, youth leadership and teacher training programs. NatureBridge partners with a diverse mix of corporate, environmental, education, federal and state organizations also focused on nurturing environmental stewardship, including Clif Bar, Google, Klean Kanteen, National Geographic Education Foundation, National Parks Conservation Association, Oracle and REI. NatureBridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, visit: http://www.naturebridge.org.

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.