Linking Individuals to their Natural Community (LINC) is a summer internship program for high school students based in the Golden Gate National Parks. During this six week long program, students assist with service projects, gain career and leadership skills, and take field trips to special park sites such as Alcatraz and Muir Woods. Projects and activities vary by week and include trail work, plant propagation, and habitat restoration. In addition, students will get the opportunity to learn more about ecology and science. Each session kicks off with a four day camping and service trip to Yosemite National Park. There is no experience necessary to apply—just a desire for adventure, being part of a team, and trying new things!

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All students receive an educational award of $1,000 upon completion of the program. Participants must be able to commit to the entire six week period without schedule conflicts.

Two session options:

Mt. Tam Team: 6/16-7/24, Tuesday-Friday 9 am-5 pm.
Meeting location at Corte Madera, Marin County

Golden Gate Team: 6/23-7/31, Tuesday-Friday 9 am-5 pm.

Meeting location at Fort Mason, San Francisco


Is this program the right fit for me?
Do you enjoy being outside? Are you looking for an adventure and willing to try new things? The LINC summer high school program is ideal for students who are open to new experiences, eager to learn new skills, and enjoy working outside. No previous experience is necessary—just an ample supply of enthusiasm.

How old do I have to be to participate?
All applicants must be currently enrolled in high school. Current high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are all welcome to apply to the program.

How will the program be organized?
The LINC program consists of two sessions, which have start and end dates that are staggered by 1 week. Each session will consist of a team of 17-18 students who will meet daily at our park offices. Students will work 7 hour days, 4 days per week for a total of 6 weeks.

What kinds of service projects are involved?
LINC interns provide a wide variety of service for the parklands and local open space. Past projects have included maintaining trails, growing plants at our native plant nurseries, creating habitat for endangered species, restoring historic sailing ships, and building fences to protect sensitive park sites. These service projects vary each year depending on park priorities and project availability.

What kinds of field trips and workshops are provided?
Field trips and workshops vary can from year to year depending on scheduling opportunities. Students in years past have gone on ropes courses, visited organic farms, and taken behind-the-scenes tours at Alcatraz. Through workshops, LINC participants will get the chance to develop personal resumes, engage in mock interviews, learn medicinal uses of California native plants, and more!

Am I required to go camping?
Every year, the LINC program kicks off with a 4-day camping trip to Yosemite National Park. Youth participants also go on an overnight camping trip during the middle of the program. The trip to Yosemite is required, and the second camping trip is heavily encouraged.

Does the program cost anything?
The LINC program does not cost anything. Youth who complete the LINC program will receive an educational award of $1000. All gear and meals will be provided for the overnight camping trips.

How do I apply?
The application window for LINC 2015 has closed. Please check again in early February for access to the LINC 2016 application.

For more information, please contact LINC Program Coordinator David Pon at

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David Pon