NatureBridge is a nonprofit environmental education organization that has been teaching and inspiring students in national parks since 1971. Our hands-on, experiential programs connect people to nature, science, and each other.
During the school year, NatureBridge provides multi-day environmental science programs for grades 4-12 in six national park locations: Yosemite, Olympic, Santa Monica Mountains, Channel Islands, Golden Gate, and Prince William Forest. We work with over 700 schools and 30,000 students each year.
We've seen first-hand the positive impacts our immersive programs and time spent in nature can have on students and value the ability to offer these opportunities year-round through our summer programming.
In the summer months, NatureBridge offers a variety of programs including a day camp, Coastal Camp, for grades K-9 and the Summer Backpacking program for high school students. The Summer Backpacking program (formerly the Summer Field Research Course) started in 2006 in Yosemite. It has since grown in size and location, adding the Olympic National Park location in 2013. Over 350 students have participated in the Summer Backpacking program and we look forward to growing that number each year!
"National Parks are our best classrooms. There is no place better for children to learn about environmental science and study human impacts on our environment. Together, science and inspiration combine to create a desire to protect and preserve our national parks for future generations. That’s the key to what NatureBridge does. They take students from science to stewardship. That’s what makes this work so important.” — Jon Jarvis, Former Director of the National Park Service