Bringing it Back Home: Wilderness Ambassador Program

The Wilderness Ambassador Program provides a variety of leadership training and self-empowerment activities to WildLink participants, giving them tools to change their lives as well as their communities. As Ambassadors, teens complete stewardship and service projects around their neighborhoods; design presentations for their classes and school boards or local community councils; and promote care for Wilderness and public lands by teaming with parks and conservation agencies. By investing in local parks and lands, WildLink Ambassadors influence their families, their neighbors, and their communities' future while becoming role models and leaders among their peers and into their communities.

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Turlock High School students restore a trail in Pacheco State Park.

Get in Touch

Are you a WildLink teacher, group leader or an alumni who has a story to share? Maybe you've recently had a Wilderness adventure of your own or you've taken part in a really special Wilderness Ambassador Project. We want to hear from you! If you have a story to share, contact Elizabeth Gerrits, Wilderness Programs Manager at or 209.372.0218.

WildLink works with a group of exceptional program partners to make these project opportunities for students.

Our Latest Program in 2018-19 School Year

Kingsburg Wilderness Ambassador Project 03/2019

Several months had passed since their WildLink expedition, and Kingsburg students decided they wanted to get back into the wild for their Wilderness Ambassador Project.

Kingsburg teachers, WildLink alumni, and their families and friends headed to Oakhurst for a hike. Light rain made the colors in the forest seem exceptionally vibrant as the group spent the afternoon hiking on the Cedar Creek Trail. There were many downed trees along the way from recent snow storms in the Sierra Nevada mountains, so at times the hike turned into an adventurous scramble over trees and branches. The group finally ended up at a beautiful waterfall. They even practiced a bit of stewardship by working together to move some logs off the trail. After admiring the immense amount of water coming down the falls that is characteristic of Spring in the mountains, they headed back and had lunch. As is the case for many WildLink groups, the group headed back to Kingsburg with new knowledge that hiking in the rain and in less than ideal trail conditions can sometimes be even more fun than a sunny, easy hike!

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