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Date: May 24, 2010

A week long educational day camp for local children

Yosemite Institute, a campus of NatureBridge, is hosting a week-long summer program for local youth that combines physical challenges, team building activities, and adventures in Yosemite.

Yosemite Is Our Backyard offers an educational day camp experience for 7-9 and 10-12 year olds. They will learn the secrets of Yosemite and go on day hiking adventures throughout Yosemite Valley with a skilled educational staff. The program also includes one evening cookout and campfire for 7-9 year olds and an overnight at the Historic Merced Grove Ranger Cabin for the 10-12 year olds. Learning adventures will begin each day at 8:45 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. The days begin and end in Yosemite Valley. Tuition is $175. Volunteer as a parent-chaperone for the full week and your child will attend at no cost or volunteer for 2-3 days and your child will attend for half-price.

Program dates are from June 14-18th. Please contact Dena Staggs at 209.379,9511 ext.25 or dstaggs@naturebridge.org for signups.

About Yosemite Institute
Yosemite Institute, a campus of NatureBridge, is committed to educating the next generation of environmental stewards. For almost four decades our field science education programs in Yosemite National Park have been connecting kids from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to nature and inspiring them to service. We use core science education to inspire future generations to lifelong environmental stewardship. Our inquiry-based programs ensure that our students return to their home communities with a broadened view of the world and the tools to make positive impacts in their neighborhoods.  www.yosemiteinstitute.org

Did You Know?

Tuolumne River

In 1984, 83 miles of the Tuolumne River were added to the Wild and Scenic Rivers System by Congress with an amendment to the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. This included 54 miles of the river within Yosemite National Park.