Summer Backpacking for Teens | Summer Field Research

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." — Summer Field Research Course participant, Enrichment Alley

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


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Stories from the Yosemite Summer Field Research Course

Summer Field Research: How to stay warm in a sleeping bag

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

High schoolers become research scientists on the trail

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


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“It was fun doing real research and learning by doing things.”—Julian, San Francisco, CA

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