• Expedition: Apr 16-21, 2001
  • Sanger and Turlock High Schools
  • Hetch Hetchy

Expedition VI consisted of 11 students from Sanger and Turlock High Schools. These students were pioneers for WildLink in the famous Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, a site of great political turmoil early last century. They arrived in Yosemite on April 16 and stayed until April 21 (their expedition ran simultaneously with expedition V). The group spent their first two nights in Yosemite at the Crane Flat campus of the Yosemite Institute. The group completed a long 7 mile hike to Rancheria Flat. They spent 3 days and 2 nights backpacking. Due to inclement weather, they hiked out a day early and stayed in a cabin at Hetch Hetchy on their last evening. While in Yosemite they:

  • collected vital baseline hydrology data using GLOBE protocols
  • performed an Ozone test to see how much ground level ozone is present at Hetch Hetchy; students at Turlock High School ran the same experiment at the same time in Turlock
  • learned about the historical significance of Hetch Hetchy and the environmental and social impacts of the dam's construction
  • learned about the flora and fauna of Hetch Hetchy
  • met other students from diverse cultural backgrounds from their high school and the other school
  • chronicled their thoughts, revelations, and experiences for their peers at school and around the world as well as for land managers, teachers, and environmentalists

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