Bringing it Back Home: Wilderness Ambassador Program

The Wilderness Ambassador Program provides a variety of leadership training and self-empowerment activities to WildLink participants, giving them tools to change their lives as well as their communities. As Ambassadors, teens complete stewardship and service projects around their neighborhoods; design presentations for their classes and school boards or local community councils; and promote care for Wilderness and public lands by teaming with parks and conservation agencies. By investing in local parks and lands, WildLink Ambassadors influence their families, their neighbors, and their communities' future while becoming role models and leaders among their peers and into their communities.

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Turlock High School students restore a trail in Pacheco State Park.

Get in Touch

Are you a WildLink teacher, group leader or an alumni who has a story to share? Maybe you've recently had a Wilderness adventure of your own or you've taken part in a really special Wilderness Ambassador Project. We want to hear from you! If you have a story to share, contact Elizabeth Gerrits, Wilderness Programs Manager at or 209.372.0218.

WildLink works with a group of exceptional program partners to make these project opportunities for students.

Our Latest Program in 2017-18 School Year

Health Careers Academy WildLink Hike

A beautiful day to explore a local state park and learn from students about their experience with WildLink!

The students of Health Careers Academy planned a day of hiking and exploring Caswell State Park, a park about 20 minutes from most of their homes. While there, the girls demonstrated skills they learned while in Yosemite for their expedition. They showed the group how to pack a backpack, they talked about LNT principles and taught their family and peers about going to the bathroom outdoors. Needless to say most of the parents and classmates were surprised and slightly shocked to experience what the students actually did in the backcountry. While hiking the students also picked up trash along the trails, everyone was surprised by how much liter there was in the park.

In the end the group had a wonderful time exploring their backyard! Most of the group had never been there before and everyone agreed they would return again soon!

Teaching us how to pack a backpack

Having a classmate try on the packed backapck

The Group

The whole group!


Started the day with a team game

WildLink is a proud partner of the National Park Service, National Forest Service, and Nature Bridge.