Our 2021 donation is supporting Yosemite Conservancy’s grant for the Veterans Seminar. This summer seminar in Yosemite is focused on helping veterans take advantage of educational and career opportunities, led by experts from UC Merced, the NPS, CalVet and corporate partners.
According to California data, as many as a quarter of veterans living in the state aren’t familiar with how to access educational and career resources available through the GI Bill. This seminar aims to close that gap, by connecting veterans directly with educators from UC Merced, Yosemite, CalVet and a variety of other partners. During classroom-based lessons and guided hikes, veterans will learn about their benefits and explore options for continuing their education at institutions such as UC Merced, and for pursuing employment in a variety of fields, including in the National Park Service.
This seminar presents a unique opportunity for veterans to tap into the healing power of Yosemite and the natural world as they connect with academic, public and corporate leaders, and with one another, in an incomparably inspiring outdoor setting.