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Summer Backpacking Program for Teens in Yosemite National Park offers Academic Enrichment and Wilderness Adventure

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Date: March 1, 2011

Registration is now open for Yosemite Institute’s Two Week Long Summer Field Research Course

NatureBridge, the largest non-profit education partner of the National Park Service, opened registration today for its Summer Field Research Course for teens at its Yosemite Institute location. The course consists of a two-week backpacking trip on which teenage participants learn about the natural history of the Sierra Nevada and earn college credit by creating and carrying out their own ecological research project.

Course Director Dr. Adam Burns describes the course as the ultimate teen summer adventure, combining rigorous academic content with a challenging backpacking trip in the Yosemite wilderness. According to Burns, “teenagers emerge from the Summer Field Research Course knowing how to think like scientists. The course is student-centered, inquiry-based learning at its most adventurous. Students learn field research skills that can be transferred to high school, college, and beyond.”

The program runs from July 30th through August 12th, 2011. Students interested in the program are encouraged to contact Dr. Burns directly at 209 379 9511 ext. 33 or aburns@naturebridge.org. To learn more and to register online, visit the Field Research Course website http://www.yosemitefieldresearch.org/.

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

Did You Know?

Wawona Covered Bridge

Built to connect human developments on both sides of the South Fork Merced River, the Wawona Covered Bridge is one of few covered bridges in the region. Built in 1868 by Yosemite’s first guardian, Galen Clark, the Wawona Covered Bridge boasts state significance within transportation, entertainment, and recreation contexts.