Vamos Afuera- Yosemite! - Yosemite, CA

by LandPaths
Activity Type: Camping, Hiking
Region: Pacific West

LandPaths will bring 60 multi-generational participants to experience the majesty of Yosemite for the first time.

$2,350 Raised out of $5,000
22 Funders
0 Days Remaining

Please describe your project in more detail.

For the past seven years, LandPaths has been making the outdoors more welcoming and accessible to under-represented and underserved populations in our community, especially the Latino families in the Southwest Santa Rosa community of Roseland. Through Vamos Afuera, LandPaths' bilingual outings program, over 500 folks each year -- the young and young at heart -- have paddled the Estero Americano, traversed the beautiful Bohemia Ecological Preserve in Occidental, and camped on local preserves such as Cooley Ranch and  Rancho Mark West. For many of the families, these outings were full of "firsts". First time kayaking, first time hiking, first time camping.

While sharing stories around campfires and lunch circles, conversations often turned to Yosemite. Participants said "I've always wanted to go to there," and "It looks amazing in pictures!" This statement was then quickly followed by a "but". But...we don't have the money, we don't have a way to get there, we don't know how to camp, we don't know where to start, we don't want to feel out of place. The "buts" were both varied and abundant, and after many years of our staff hearing these "buts," they became deeply motivating.

LandPaths will bring 60 Vamos Afuera participants to experience the majesty of Yosemite for the first time. Our skilled staff will lead the multi-generational group through trip planning and preparations, provide equipment and transportation, create a safe learning community, and inspire moments of collective joy through shared activities and meals while held in Yosemite's great valley. Perhaps most importantly, our staff will be familiar faces and trusted allies for these participants as they take giant steps out of their comfort zones, and into this grand, new adventure.

How many kids (grades K-8) will be directly engaged in this project?

30

What is the name or school district associated with the project?

Roseland community, Santa Rosa