Urban Trailblazers

Helping youth, 11-14, to become R.I.C.H. (Respect, Integrity, Courage & Humility) through national park adventures and service to their community since 2006!


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

Respect, integrity, courage, and humility. These are values and themes that Urban Trailblazers (UTB) take on as they learn about social and environmental justice issues through exploration and service

Urban Trailblazers (UTB) is a youth leadership program designed for middle school-age youth that welcomes culturally and economically diverse students from San Francisco public schools to experience their national parks.

We believe and know that the Summer Urban Trailblazer Program is an important program for the Middle School students in our community. We plan to have one session this summer and will be serving 48 students. The session will be in person and 7 weeks long which includes mandatory overnights at Rob Hill Campsite and Yosemite National Park.

UTB summer 2022 is planned to be in person and follows the SF Department of Public Health guidance for out of school programming. Due to the on-going COVID pandemic, disruptions may occur and it may be necessary to shift programming. We will be in regular communication with families and will lead programming with youth safety and well-being as a top priority.

Question and information

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022 Urban Trailblazer Program. Please check back in Feb of 2023 about the Summer 2023 program. If you have any questions please contact Sam Tran at stran@parksconservancy.org 

Applications due by April 14th

Interview Dates: April 9th and April 16th

April 30th: Participants will know if they have been accepted into the program. 

Summer Session Dates: 

Summer Session: June 13th - July 29th (No Programming July 4th-8th)

Student Orientation: June 13th 12:30pm - 2:30pm

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 12 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 stran@parksconservancy.org to request our safety plan for the UTB Program and for any other questions you may have about the program. 

Q: Is transportation provided during program?

A: No, participants are responsible for transportation to and from our starting and end point for each day (at 603 Mason St.) but we will provide transportion for field trips during program hours to explore the city and other surrounding parks. 

That summer was one of the best summers ever. I had the opportunity to lead activities and do lesson plans on what I thought was important.

Laura Alvarez, Middle School Instructor

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