NatureBridge 40th Anniversary Gala

Honoring our past, celebrating our impact, and looking to our future!


We celebrated our 40th Anniversary Gala on May 17, 2012 in San Francisco. Celebrate with us and explore videos, photos, and blog posts.


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40 years: An evening of natural wonder and celebration

What an incredible night! Inspiring, emotional, and lots of fun best describe our 40th birthday bash! I was thrilled to see so many friends from the past, present, and future of NatureBridge gather to celebrate 40 years and 1 million lives changed!
Posted by Susan Smartt, May 22, 2012

Seeking sense of place: NatureBridge experience leads to National Park Service career

At sixteen, I had never encountered nature’s grandeur in the scale I witnessed as our bus pulled into Yosemite National Park at the beginning of my NatureBridge program. I was snapping pictures through the window before the bus had even delivered us to our destination.  They are terrible photos, but I enjoy them to this day as a reminder of my excitement and awe.
Posted by Jeremiah Hockett, May 18, 2012


An evening of natural wonder

The evening began with a special NatureBridge-hosted visit to the national parks where our students learn, play, and grow. While enjoying delectable, sustainable hors d'oeuvres and specialty cocktails, guests had their “National Parks Passport” stamped at each campus.

The reception was followed by an exquisite dinner and the inspiration of special guest, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg and NatureBridge staff, students, and alumni. After dinner, guests glimpsed the future of NatureBridge and enjoyed delectable desserts.



NatureBridge thanks the following generous sponsors for supporting our worthy mission.



Matthew A. Baxter, Jr.

Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc.

Sutter Health


Valerie and Bill Anders

David G. and Maureen E. Brown

Stephen H. Lockhart
& Karen Bals

Pisces Foundation

William S. Price, III

Chris and Hank Shea

Kaiser Permanente

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Yosemite Conservancy


NatureBridge 40th Anniversary Gala


Nature's wonder: Photos by Louie Schwartzberg


Honorary Committee

Valerie and Bill Anders
Emeritus and founding Board members

Hon. Barbara Boxer

Heidi Brown
Former Board chair 2003-2007

Linda and Neill Brownstein
Former Board chair 1996-2003

Mark Buell

Laurie Dachs

Hon. Dianne Feinstein

Randi Fisher

Jay Flood
Former Board chair 1985-1995

Hon. Kamala D. Harris

Ronnie Lott

Hon. William A. Newsom

Hon. Gavin Newsom

Jack Walston
Former Board chair 1972-1975

Hon. Zev Yaroslavsky


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