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Yosemite/Wilderness Opportunities

posted Feb 11, 2014, 4:08 PM by District Office   [ updated May 7, 2016, 10:25 AM ]
We live in an amazing area and have partnered with some very generous organizations to provide awesome opportunities for our HS students to get out into the wilderness. Please take a minute to learn about possible adventures for our students.  NO experience is necessary...Click on links to find out more detailed information and If you are interested shoot me an email and we will get more information to you

First is Wildlink-

WHAT: A co-ed week long backpacking trip into Yosemite, completely free for the first 11 ESUSD students to sign up.


WHEN: June 12-17, 2016


WHY:  During a five-day backpacking expedition, students learn about the natural world first-hand, challenge themselves, and gain an understanding and appreciation for wild places.


WHO is eligible to attend: HS students who will be 9th-12th graders next year 16/17. Liz Roripaugh science teacher at LVHS will chaperone.


INFO: Katie Wallace from Wildlink will host an informational meeting for students and parents on Tuesday May 24th at LVHS at 3:15 and at CHS at 5:30. 

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE ENROLLMENT PACKET BELOW. Some of the images are not loading correctly. I will update soon.

Second is the Armstrong Scholars Program -
an all female, two-week long backpacking trip in Yosemite that is focused on personal growth, adventure, and discovery.  This trip is in honor of the late Joie Armstrong and has been running since 2000.  It has a whole culture and community around it, and we have had several WildLink alumni attend in the past.  It is fully scholarshipped, except for $150 (the program costs about $1500 per student to run).  If the $150 is still too much of a hardship, we can usually work something out.

Last is the Field Research Course -
 a coed, two-week long backpacking trip in Yosemite in which students create their own scientific research project, including coming up with a question, creating methods, collecting data, analyzing results, and presenting the results to the general public and National Park Service scientists.  This program is great for students who are considering careers in science (and it looks great on a college application).  The past two years, we have not used up all of our scholarship funding due to lack of applications, so we highly encourage students to apply!

Feel free contact Katie Wallace Wilderness Programs Manager for more information.

209-372-0218 (office)

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May 7, 2016, 10:20 AM
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