The Turlock and Pitman High School WildLink Clubs are the frosting on my teaching cake. It driving force behind my teaching energy and the one avenue I have to get students outside and experience the earthly processes that affect their lives on a daily basis.
With all backpacking gear, meals and lodging provided by WildLink (a branch of NatureBridge), expedition members are given an opportunity to intimately experience the grandeur residing in their own back yard at no cost. The THS & PHS WildLink Club strives to fulfill the WildLink mission statement: "That the diverse California citizenry is informed, invested and committed to the enduring resource of Wilderness"
The club had very humble beginnings 14 years ago when our high school was chosen to participate in a weeklong backpacking expedition that would expose our students to their "hidden" backyard of Yosemite. Since 2001, the THS & Pitman WildLink Clubs have been proud to send over 150 students on empowering and educational week-long WildLink expeditions through the rugged and untamed wilderness areas of Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks .
The 2014 expedition saw club members Juan, Jordan, Natasha, Jazzmin, Dannial, Lizzy, Erika, Jacob, Dino, Isiai & Bradley adventured up Clouds Rest while learning the intricacies of teamwork and trying to master respect for everyone in their group. All had an unforgettable time soaking-in the amazing views from atop Cloud's Rest and the sunsets from Sunrise Lakes base camps.
Ryan J Hollister - Geoscience & EnviroSci Educator, Avid hiker, Landscape photographer, WildLink Club Advisor, Central Valley Advocate.