LINC (Linking Individuals to their Natural Communities) is a six week summer program where local high school students come together to assist with service projects, gain career and leadership skills, and take trips to special parks sites (like Alcatraz Island 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. For both LINC teams there is no experience necessary—just a desire for adventure, meeting new people, and trying new things!
Team 1: LINC Backpacking
This LINC program gives students the opportunity to go on a four day backpack trip in the Stanislaus National Forest.
Team 2: LINC Camping
This LINC program gives students the opportunity to go on a four day camping adventure to Yosemite.
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 programs are ideal for students ages 15–18 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. Participants must be in good health and able to commit to the entire six week period without scheduling conflicts.
How will the program be organized?
Each team will consist of approximately 15 individuals who will meet each morning at the Fort Mason field office. Students will work 28 hours per week from Tuesday–Friday. Each morning the team will meet at 9 am, travel by van to different project sites, and return to the field office around 4 pm (with some exceptions).
What kinds of service projects are involved?
Past projects include improvements to the Miwok Trail in Marin County, assistance with plant propagation at our Native Plant Nurseries, removal of invasive plants from endangered species habitat, restoration of a historic ship at San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, and construction of fencing to protect butterfly habitat in the Marin Headlands. 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 from year to year depending on scheduling opportunities. Last year the students took a trip to Slide Ranch, completed a ropes course at Fort Miley, took a behind-the-scenes tour of Alcatraz and Battery Townsley, leaned about medicinal and cultural uses of plants, developed personal resumes, and engaged in mock interviews.
Camping and backpacking equipment will be made available and all food will be provided. In general, participants must be in good health and able to hike several miles, as the program involves lots of physical activities.
How Do I Apply?
Check back in January 2014 for Summer 2014 applications.
Once applications are reviewed, selected students will be contacted for an interview. For more information, contact David Pon at firstname.lastname@example.org.