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Summer Field Research Course
Teenagers with a passion for exploration, science, and adventure create their own ecological research project while hiking or backpacking through spectacular wilderness.
Are you ready for a summer learning adventure?
"Without a doubt, my few weeks with NatureBridge were some of the best I've ever had, and I could not imagine any way the program could be better."
NatureBridge's Summer Field Research Course is for high school students and combines academic and personal growth in the spectacular settings of Yosemite, Olympic, and Shenandoah.
- Hike through stunning wilderness or go on a backpacking adventure
- Learn basic camping, wilderness survival, and backpacking skills
- Create an ecological research project
- Build leadership skills alongside new friends
- Learn about ecology and natural history
- Strengthen college applications with hands-on research and presentation experience
What will you discover this summer?
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See examples of student research projects
- How does conductivity affect dragonfly and damselfly populations?
- Is there a relationship between human impact and species richness?
- Influence of tributary pH levels on the Elwha River
- Moss density according to canopy cover
View a photo gallery of Field Research Course highlights.
Stories from the Yosemite Summer Field Research Course
On the Summer Field Research Course, not only did I get to spend two weeks doing something that I loved, but I also got to spend it in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, in an area that most people don’t get to see. Also, this program is essentially like a science class geared to your specific interests, only better. You aren’t stuck in a classroom, and you don’t even really realize that you're learning.
Posted by Helena, December 03, 2012
Laughter. Adventure. Conversations by alpine lakes. And most of all, enthusiasm for both science and backcountry living. This is how I remember my time leading the self-proclaimed “Knee-deepers” on the Summer Field Research Course in Yosemite.
Posted by Lauren Schottenfeld-Glikin, December 04, 2012
“It was fun doing real research and learning by doing things.”—Julian, San Francisco, CA