Connecting people to the Diversity of Wilderness
"I learned that nature should be preserved so that other generations can view it just like I am now." ~ Carol, Dinuba, CA
WildLink is an innovative partnership between the Yosemite Institute, Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks, and the USDA Forest Service that engages underserved high school students from California in Sierra wilderness and public lands. WildLink empowers youth to improve their own lives and communities through a series of experiences including:
- Wilderness expeditions
- Leadership trainings
- Family park weekends
- Stewardship projects
- Park internships
WildLink’s holistic programming cultivates participants’ relationship to the natural world with awareness and ownership to build lasting connections between youth, their local communities, and wild places. Through presentations, service, and stewardship projects, participants reach out to their peers and their communities to help ensure California’s diverse citizenry is informed, invested, and committed to the enduring resource of wilderness.
Since 2000, WildLink has opened the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada to the multicultural populations living at its doorstep and demonstrated the relevance and benefits of the outdoors and public lands for all Americans.
To learn more, visit the WildLink Website