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    The Big Oak Flat Road between Crane Flat and the El Portal Road is temporarily closed. There is no access to Yosemite Valley via the Big Oak Flat Road or Highway 120. Tioga Road is open and accessible via Big Oak Flat and Tioga Pass Entrances. More »

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Yosemite Institute Winter Group Program openings

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Date: July 30, 2010

 

Residential Youth Education Programs in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Institute, a campus of NatureBridge, is announcing a unique opportunity for school groups seeking a winter program that combines academic study with physical challenges, team building, and leadership development in the outdoors.

Program dates are available for groups of 12 to 160 participants in December 2010 and January 2011. Interested teachers and youth group leaders are encouraged to contact Rachel Dunn at 209.379.9511 ext.11 or rdunn@naturebridge.org. To learn more, visit our websitewww.yosemiteinstitute.org/yoswinter.

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?

Sierra Sweet Bay

In Wawona and downstream, the South Fork Merced River provides habitat for a rare plant, the Sierra sweet bay (Myrica hartwegii). This special status shrub is found in only five Sierra Nevada counties. In Yosemite, it occurs exclusively on sand bars and river banks along the South Fork Merced River downstream from Wawona and on Big Creek.