Summer Field Research

Yosemite Summer Field Research Course

Teenagers with a passion for exploration, science, and adventure create their own ecological research project while backpacking in the spectacular Yosemite wilderness.

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P.O. Box 487
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
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The Yosemite Summer Field Research Course is for high school students with a passion for exploration, science, and 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." — Yosemite Summer Field Research Course participant, Enrichment Alley

On the Field Research Course you will:

  • Go on a backpacking adventure in Yosemite National Park
  • Learn wilderness survival and backpacking skills
  • Learn about the ecology and natural history of the Sierra Nevada
  • Create your own research project and collect data in the field
  • Present your research findings
  • Make new friends from all over the country
  • Strengthen your college application with hands-on research experience


What will you discover this summer?

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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


Want more info? Please complete our information request formcall 415-754-9022, or email

Want more info?

Please fill out our information request form, call
415-754-9022, or email

The Summer Field Research Course is also offered in 
Olympic National Park - find out more!

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