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Yosemite Institute Summer Field Research Program registration opens

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Date: March 17, 2009

Yosemite Institute, a campus of NatureBridge announced a unique opportunity today for 16-18 year old students to take part in a 2-week long adventure and learning program in Yosemite National Park. The two-week long inquiry-based Field Research Course lets kids earn college credit while learning how to create their own ecological research projects, learn wilderness survival skills, and more.

Participants work in partnership with the National Park Service to answer pertinent questions about the park’s ecology and management. They will spend part of their time working on National Park Service research projects and will then generate and answer their own questions on an eight day backpacking adventure in the Yosemite wilderness. Students that complete the course are given college credit from Columbia College, in Sonora, California.

The course is led by Dr. Adam Burns, Yosemite Institute Field Science Project Manager. He describes the program as, "the perfect antidote to nature deficit disorder, this is student-centered, inquiry-based learning at its most adventurous. These students will explore beyond the basic natural history of the area learn field research skills that can be transferred to high school, college and beyond."

The program runs from July 25 through August 7, 2009. Students interested in the program are encouraged to contact Dr. Burns directly at209 372 9302 Ex.33, visit the Yosemite Institute website at http://www.yni.org/yi/teen/research/index.php to learn more, and to download the registration form at http://www.yni.org/yi/miscfiles/Field_Research_Registration_Form_2009.pdf  

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?

American Indians use traditional ignition methods on a prescribed fire project

The indigenous people of Yosemite Valley have used fire as a tool for thousands of years. Fire was used to encourage the growth of plants used for basket making and to promote the growth of the black oak--a sun loving species--and a staple food source for American Indians from this region.