• Career Connection: Jul 8-20, 2012
  • Yosemite-WildLink Bridge 2012
  • Yosemite National Park

Six students spent two weeks in Yosemite exploring the variety of careers that exist here, learning about the lifestyle of a national park resident, giving back to the park through volunteer service, and gaining valuable professional skills.

Students from 2012's "Team Spidey" hailed from Los Angeles, New York, and the Central Valley. They bonded over games of basketball, soccer, and playing cards, as well as through music and shared meals at the Yosemite Lodge.

Highlights for the course included discovering new historical artifacts with Yosemite's fire archaeologist, dismantling inappropriate fire rings in the Wilderness, meeting with the park superintendant and deputy superintendant, going on patrols with Wilderness, Law Enforcement, and Wildlilfe rangers, and sunrise on the last day at Tunnel View.

Bridge w Shelton

Meeting with interpretive ranger Shelton Johnson to learn about his efforts at telling the Buffalo Soldier story to the American public.

Jesus Fire Gear

Trying on firefighter gear with fire archaeologist Jun Kinoshita

Restoring Fire Pit

Removing illegal fire pits and restoring the landscape to a natural state.

Close Up Group Hug Challenge

Working on problem solving and leadership skills in a teambuilding challenge.

Shaq Mountain Perch

On an overnight patrol with wilderness rangers at the Cathedral Lakes.

Playing on the Train

Checking out the social scene and soaking up some local history in El Portal.

Kristin Ramsey and Crew

Getting tips on photo composition from the park videographer Kristin Ramsey

Jed Boat & Crew

On boat patrol at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.

WildLink is a proud partner of the National Park Service, National Forest Service, and Nature Bridge.