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Yosemite Conservancy to fund youth programs

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An innovative program that encourages underserved children to care for the outdoors using photography as a teaching tool and another that encourages teenagers to seek careers as environmental stewards though hands-on internships are among nine new and established Youth in Yosemite programs that will benefit from $1.3 million provided by Yosemite Conservancy.

“Building the next generation of park stewards is the goal of Youth in Yosemite programs,” said Mike Tollefson, president of the Yosemite Conservancy. “For some, these programs make it possible for participants to experience their first trip to the park or their first hike, and for others the programs affect educational, career and life choices. Providing funding for these programs opens a whole new world for young people of all ages.”

The National Park Service and several nonprofit organizations conduct the programs, which involve children ages 7 to the early 20s and often involve underserved populations.

“Participants in Youth in Yosemite learn to love and care for the outdoors. Kids might learn about owls, meadows and rock formations, while older participants lend a much-needed hand to park projects ranging from trail repair and wilderness restoration to museum archiving,” said Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher. “These are life-changing experiences.”...


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