Urban Trailblazers

Helping youth, 11-14, explore the outdoor spaces in their backyard and beyond since 2006!


A large group of cheerful teenagers excitingly cheer at Rob Hill Campground in the Presidio of San Francisco

Urban Trailblazers (UTB) is a youth leadership program designed for middle school-age youth.  We welcome 44 young people from culturally and economically diverse backgrounds to experience their local, state, and national parks over the course of six weeks in the summer.  This includes overnight camping at Rob Hill and our National Park.

Question and information

Applications due by March 23rd, 2023

Interview Dates: April 15th and April 22nd

May 1st: Participants will know if they have been accepted into the program. 

Summer Session Dates: 

Summer Session: June 13th - July 28th (No Programming July 4th-8th)

Student Orientation: June 13th 

The program is 100% free for participants.

Participants will be awarded a $250.00 education stipend for full completion of program.

Q: How big are each group size?

A: Each group will be 11 students, 2 High School Interns, and 1 adult educator.

Q: Where do I meet everyday for the program?

A: We will be starting off every day at 603 Mason St., SF CA, 94129. If there is a location change, we will give students 2-3 days notice in advance.

Q: When will I get my paycheck?

A: Your $250.00 stipend will take 2 weeks after the last day of program.

Q: Where can I see the program’s safety plan?

A: Please email jeusterbrock@parksconservancy.org to request our safety plan for the UTB Program and for any other questions you may have about the program. 

Your parks need you now more than ever

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