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2011 Annual Report
40 years. 1 million lives changed.
Forty years ago, a high school teacher’s vision came to life as he immersed students in the deep valleys, grand meadows, and giant sequoias of Yosemite National Park. He knew the best way to bring science to life was to allow his students to see, touch, learn from, and truly experience nature firsthand.
From this vision came the birth of NatureBridge, and 40 years later we are proud to celebrate 1 million lives changed. This past year, we reached 40,000 students and adults in five national parks!
“What other classroom lets you live
Sindhu Gnanasambandan first experienced NatureBridge on her eighth grade class trip to Yosemite. Her field science educator recommended that she apply for the Armstrong Scholars Program, and two years later, Sindhu spent 12 days backpacking in the Yosemite wilderness with 11 other girls. The following summer, she participated in NatureBridge’s two-week Yosemite Summer Field Research Course.
“What struck me most is the strong sense of community. Dynamic, talented, fun, and supportive leaders model selflessness, consideration for others, and teamwork. All this is set in the gorgeous backdrop of Yosemite, which inspires an understanding of the world beyond oneself. I learned to embrace my surroundings so that I could grow and learn. Being in the natural world calmed, centered, and focused me in a way I wish others could experience.”
Download our 2011 Annual Report to read more.