Serving over 40,000 participants annually, NatureBridge is the largest nonprofit residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service. Since 1971, NatureBridge has introduced almost one million students to national parks through field science education programs for schools and youth leadership programs.
National Park Service
The National Park Service is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior which manages the 392 units of the National Park System. The NPS also helps administer dozens of affiliated sites, the National Register of Historic Places, National Heritage Areas, National Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Historic Landmarks, and National Trails.
Established through the “Organic Act” on August 25, 1916, the fundamental purpose of the NPS “is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”
USDA Forest Service
The United States Forest Service is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture that administers the nation's 155 national forests and 20 national grasslands, which encompass 193 million acres (780,000 km2).
The mission of the Forest Service is "To sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations." Its motto is "Caring for the land and serving people."
Sequoia Natural History Association
Sequoia Natural History Association (SNHA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting education, interpretation, research and the natural and historic preservation of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Devils Postpile National Monument and Lake Kaweah. SNHA is committed to enriching the experiences of visitors and promoting public awareness of the significance of public lands through educational programs, publications and financial support.
Carhart Wilderness Education Center
The Arthur Carhart Wilderness Training Center is a United States federal government inter-agency training center devoted to training federal and state land managers who have wilderness management responsibilities; however, they have also developed school curricula on wilderness for primary and secondary education levels. Their staff of 8 people are representatives from the 4 federal wilderness land managing agencies, which are the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service.
The American Alpine Club
Founded in 1902, The American Alpine Club is dedicated to promoting climbing knowledge, conserving mountain environments, and serving the American climbing community.
Sierra Nevada Wilderness Education Project
The wilderness managers from central Sierra National Parks, Forests and later the Bureau of Land Management Resource Areas realize that effective education is one of the keys to a successful wilderness management program, but it's also the first thing to be cut when the budgets go on their annual roller-coaster rides; their solution -- an interagency approach to wilderness education. The SNWEP implements three established and successful target programs. Two of these programs, Project Leave No Trace and Wilderness Riders target existing visitors, while WildLink targets culturally diverse high school students throughout California.
The goal of The Yosemite Conservancy is to help keep Yosemite National Park's beauty alive, now and for future generations. They provides private funding for projects in the park that government funds just can't cover. Fund grants are given for managing wildlife, restoring habitat, repairing trails, providing new educational exhibits, and for WildLink!
University of California, Merced
Founded in 1976, the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP or UC Scholar Program as it is known in California's Central Valley) is for students who have the potential for college, they just need a little help getting ready. From middle-school on, students who otherwise might not have the opportunity to prepare for college work with UC counselors. In challenging, rewarding academic programs they gain that extra academic edge which many students in private schools take for granted. Students who are smart, hard-working and determined to succeed, but whose families and school systems don't have the resources to groom students for the rigors of admission to top universities find that EAOP helps them reach their goal. The University of California's Office of the President and University of California, Merced are assisting WildLink by providing partial scholarships for EAOP/UC Scholar student Expedition members and in identifying students for the expeditions.
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