Urban Trailblazers- How To Apply

Middle School

Urban Trailblazers (UTB) is an environmental youth leadership program offered by Crissy Field Center. For 7 weeks each summer, a group of 66 culturally diverse middle school students from San Francisco area public schools are introduced to the outdoors through restoration projects, environmental workshops and exploration of the Golden Gate National Parks.

The program offers young people a rich combination of experiences including hands-on projects, outdoor investigation and excursions in the field. Youth learn about the biodiversity of Crissy Field by suiting up in waders to explore the marsh, discover the cultural history of the Presidio by hiking along the historic Juan Bautista de Anza Trail, utilize cutting-edge technology in the Center's Media Lab and much, much more!

A valuable bridge that connects urban youth to their larger environment, UTB also helps young people make connections between important environmental issues and their own lives. It gives them the tools they need to take responsibility and make positive contributions to the environmental health of their communities.

Participants earn a $250 award for full participation in the program.

The program builds on many outdoor experiences which include a thrilling 4-day, 3-night camping trip, an overnight at Rob Hill Campground in the Presidio of San Francisco, and sea kayaking in the San Francisco Bay. Youth experience the mysteries of nature first-hand and learn useful team-building and outdoor skills. Families, friends and community members are invited to a culminating celebration that showcases the achievements and experiences of participating young people.


UTB graduates interested in returning for the school year have the opportunity to apply for UTB II, an intensive monthly environmental leadership program that builds on participants previous summer experiences. UTB II curriculum differs by focusing on developing stronger leadership skills and gaining a deeper understanding of environmental issues that affect their community. Participants are also invited to serve as leaders for Crissy Field Center public events.


To be selected for UTB or UTB II, youth must complete an application and participate in an interview with Crissy Field Center staff on April 15, 2017. Young people who are open to new experiences, eager to learn new skills, and interested in working with youth from all around the city are encouraged to apply.

Students can download an application or contact the Middle School Program Manager at (415) 561-7769 or stran@parksconservancy.org to request a hard copy application. Applications are due on interview day.

Interested in summer programs for elementary and high school students? Visit our Summer Camp home page.

To apply, youth must:

  • Be currently enrolled in the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade.
  • Attend a public middle school in San Francisco.
  • Complete an application and participate in a short interview.
  • Be committed to attending the entire 7-week summer session, UTB meets Tuesday through Friday.
  • Be present on June 12, 2017, for mandatory orientation, 11:30 am-3:30 pm.

Important Dates:

Interview Day: April 15, 2017 10 am–4 pm (make your appointment by calling (415) 561-7769 or email stran@parksconservancy.org).

Summer session:
June 12–July 28, 2017, Tuesday–Friday, 9:30 am–3 pm

Mandatory Orientation: Monday, June 13, 11:30 pm-3:30 pm

No Programs on July 4, 2017

Program will resume on July 5, 2017

Philanthropic Partners

The Kimball Foundation
George F. Jewett Foundation


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