• Expedition: Oct 28 - Nov 2, 2001
  • Kingsburg, Reseda, and Turlock High Schools
  • Yosemite National Park

On October 28, 2001, 11 students from Kingsburg, Reseda, and Turlock High Schools arrived in Curry Village prepared and excited for the first WildLink Expedition of the year. EXPEDITION I students came to Yosemite full of expectation--of new friendships, wilderness challenges, and even black bears!

EXPEDITION I stayed in Yosemite from October 28 to November 2, 2001. With their unique combination of energy, motivation, and humor, these students left behind their fear of the unfamiliar and gained a new appreciation for what they never knew they had! Expedition I stayed in Curry Village for two nights, embarking on their 4 day, 3 night backpacking trip in Hetch Hetchy in the midst of a winter storm. Despite the weather, the group hiked 6 miles to Rancheria Falls, and spent the next two days camping amidst sunshine, rainbows and waterfalls. While in Yosemite they:

  • met new people from diverse backgrounds and different high schools
  • explored wilderness and diversity with Interpretive Park Ranger Shelton Johnson
  • collected hydrology data for the GLOBE program at Rancheria Creek
  • conducted stream macroinvertebrate and habitat surveys, providing data for the Resource Management Division of Yosemite National Park
  • learned how to backpack using Leave No Trace principles
WildLink is a proud partner of the National Park Service, National Forest Service, and Nature Bridge.