Get Your Teens Registered Now For Yosemite Institute's Two-Week Field Research Course

Yosemite's backcountry is the classroom for the Yosemite Institute's two-week summer field research course. Kurt Repanshek photo.

Now is the time to register your teen for the Yosemite Institute's two-week summer field research course in Yosemite National Park.

NatureBridge, the largest non-profit education partner of the National Park Service, is taking registrations for the field course, which consists of a two-week backpacking trip. During that time teens learn about the natural history of the Sierra Nevada and earn college credit by creating and carrying out their own ecological research project.

Course Director Dr. Adam Burns describes the course as the ultimate teen summer adventure, combining rigorous academic content with a challenging backpacking trip in the Yosemite wilderness.

“Teenagers emerge from the Summer Field Research Course knowing how to think like scientists," said Dr. Burns. "The course is student-centered, inquiry-based learning at its most adventurous. Students learn field research skills that can be transferred to high school, college, and beyond.”

The program runs from July 30th through August 12th, 2011. Students interested in the program are encouraged to contact Dr. Burns directly at 209-379-9511 ext. 33 or . To learn more and to register online, visit the Field Research Course website http://www.yosemitefieldresearch.org/.

About Yosemite Institute

Yosemite Institute is a campus of NatureBridge, the largest residential education partner of the National Park Service. It is committed to educating the next generation of environmental stewards. For almost four decades their field science education programs in Yosemite National Park have been connecting youth from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to nature and inspiring them to service. They use core science education to inspire future generations to lifelong environmental stewardship. Their inquiry-based programs ensure that students return to their home communities with a broadened view of the world and the tools to make positive impacts in their neighborhoods.