Immerse yourself in backpacking, in environmental science, and in the wonder of exploring Olympic or Yosemite National Park this summer on a one-week or two-week backpacking program with NatureBridge. These challenging and fun adventures will likely be one of your most meaningful and rewarding experiences.
While backpacking with NatureBridge, you will:
- Explore the stunning wilderness of a national park.
- Use science to gain a deeper understanding of your surroundings.
- Develop your leadership skills.
- Live simply, bringing only what will fit in your backpack.
- Create long-lasting friendships with people from all different backgrounds.
- Have FUN!
No backpacking experience is necessary and financial aid is available!
Olympic Science Expedition and Yosemite Science Expedition: These two-week programs provide the perfect mix of backpacking, science, and adventure. High School students design and implement their own environmental science research project while backpacking across the stunning landscape of a national park. In addition to having an incredibly fun and meaningful experience, students have used the research from these trips for high school capstone projects, college entrance essays, and job resumes.
Olympic Science Adventure and Yosemite Science Adventure: Students experience the best that Olympic or Yosemite National Park has to offer on this one-week program for high school students. While backpacking for 5 days through national park wilderness, students will learn the basics of backcountry travel, engage in ecological research, and form new friendships. Great for those who are new to backpacking and those who already love backpacking but have only have a week to spare this summer!
Olympic Science Adventure: Middle School! and Yosemite Science Adventure: Middle School!: Due to the large number of inquiries about a backpacking program for middle school students last year, we decided to add a middle school backpacking program to Summer 2019! Middle School students experience the best that Olympic or Yosemite National Park has to offer on this one-week program. While backpacking for 4 days through national park wilderness, students will learn the basics of backcountry travel, engage in ecological research, and form new friendships. Great for those who are new to backpacking and those who already love backpacking but have only have a week to spare this summer!
Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
Register now for NatureBridge Summer Backpacking! The link will re-direct you to the NatureBridge EventBrite registration page where you can choose and easily register for the session of your choice. Congratulations on choosing the summer adventure of a lifetime!
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My name is Makenna, and I’m from Burlingame, California. My favorite part of the program was how everyone will accept you no matter what you look like or how disheveled you are. You don’t have to worry about people liking you or technology, just being in the moment and experiencing it all... Everyone is able to integrate into this program and we all come from different backgrounds and areas and work as a team backpacking and doing science. I really respected how this program allowed us to work as young adults and not being spoon fed everything, we all learned and learned from each other... I would say throw away all your expectations because it is not something you can prepare for and explain. It is way more about the experience and living it… be it challenges you can overcome, staff, friendships, scenery- this trip has it all!
I call it the best opportunity of my life so far… This trip showed me all the things we neglect in daily life.
I feel that this experience has really opened me to a different way of science. It’s no longer just in the labs, and I’ve grown ever eager to learn about the many amazing environments. It’s also taught me a lot about people, and I’ve developed better people skills from this trip.
The Summer Backpacking program will be an experience you will never forget, it will change how you view everything, even your hometown and push you to experience more backpacking and getting outside.
This experience gave me an incredible sense of bravery to be the person that I want to be and that I know I am.