LINC Summer High School Program


LINC Program Participants
Do you enjoy being outside? Are you looking for a meaningful way to spend the summer and willing to try new things?

This five -week program brings youth from across the Bay Area together for a variety of local service projects, to deepen understanding of ecology and climate change, and to engage in useful workshops to gain career and leadership skills. Projects and activities will vary by week and may include plant identification and habitat restoration. At the conclusion of the program, all participants receive a $500 cash award. Pending COVID-19 safety restrictions, we may celebrate with an overnight camping or backpacking trip.  

With the pandemic still in play, we are planning to move forward with the summer program in a virtual capacity while aiming to do in-person outdoor activities on Saturdays as conditions improve, and as our agency permits.  When we are able to safely be together outside, these small group gatherings will take place outside on Saturdays and will follow strict social distancing guidelines.    

Application for the 2021 LINC Summer High School Program is now closed.  Check back here next year to apply for the 2022 program.

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Questions and Information


  • You want to make connections with other like-minded youth across the Bay Area interested in science and the outdoors 
  • You are interested in exploring your neighborhood and going on local adventures
  • You are open and flexible to a dynamic program with certain uncertainty 
  • You want to gain a better understanding of climate change impacts to your local community  
  • You are dependable and accountable when working individually and, in a team 
  • You are interested in challenging yourself to grow as a leader 
  • You are not committed to another program that meets in person. (For safety, Participants must only participate in one program) 

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.


The program typically consists of two teams, one in Marin County (LINC: Tam) and another team based in San Francisco (LINC: Golden Gate). This year LINC TAM and LINC Golden Gate will unite to form one LINC team,  made up of 20 participants who will meet three times a week online and potentially in person at one of our park sites local to the students. 

What are the dates of the program?
This year the program will start on June 28th and end on July 28th or 31st. 

Is transportation provided?
In the case that we can meet in person, unfortunately, due to COVID-19 health restrictions, we will not be able to provide transportation to our various park sites. Participants are responsible for getting to and from a meeting location on their own. 

The LINC 2021 program will focus on team building, outdoor and leadership skills, your local environment, service projects within walking distance to your home, and professional and career development. You will learn how to plan and prepare for future camping trips, identify plants and wildlife local to your neighborhood and engage in community science projects. You will get to meet and speak with local professionals in the Environmental Field and learn about the many pathways to jobs in nature.

The LINC program does not cost anything. Youth who complete the LINC program will receive an educational award of $500. 


Please click on the LINC Application button to get started. The application is three pages (intended to be easy), and includes the following short essay question:

Why does this summer experience interest you?

Your response must be 100 - 250 words. We also require at least on reference (i.e. coach, teacher, counselor, mentor, etc.).

Read this FAQ for tips on how to prepare for the interview.

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