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One Tam: many ways to give back to the mountain that gives us so much

Youth Programs

One Tam’s Youth Initiative coordinates the array of youth programs offered by the One Tam partners, tailors these programs to Mt. Tamalpais, expands participation to serve the diverse communities of Marin County, and nurtures new collaborations with local community groups and schools. The One Tam youth team offers numerous pathways for young people to participate in programs that build on one another, providing opportunities for ongoing engagement over time. Our goal is to provide youth participants with successive volunteer, internship, and job opportunities through college. Most of our youth programs can be counted towards volunteer hours for school. Our programs include:

Due to COVID-19 all youth programs are currently virtual for the safety of our staff and students.

Linking Individuals to their Natural Community (LINC) 

This six-week program brings youth from across the Bay Area together for a variety of local service projects, education & recreation and skills building 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 up to a $2300 cash award. 

We are planning for a fully in-person program this summer 2022. Pending COVID-19 safety restrictions, we will adapt to virtual/hybrid programming as needed. 

  • Season: Six weeks in summer, June 14, 2022 - July 29, 2022
  • Program Dates: Tuesday - Friday
  • Age groups: grades 9–12  
  • Application is now live: Apply Here!
  • Deadline to apply: February 27, 2022
  • Partner: Parks Conservancy >>


Rising Environmental Youth Leaders (REYL)

REYL is a climate change & youth leadership high school program connecting young people from underserved communities to their local parks and open space. The program begins with a two-day immersive training focused on leadership skills and community building. Climate change focus will vary from sea level rise, fire ecology and biodiversity.

Throughout the program, participants learn the skills necessary to become strong environmental advocates and community leaders through service learning, environmental education, and outdoor trips. Youth will develop a Community Action Project focused on creating climate change awareness in their community. Each participant will be provided a mentor for support with their project and professional development, and all participants receive a $1000 educational award. 

  • Season: 12 weeks, February 2021– May 2021 
  • Program days: Weekly meetings on Thursday, 4:30 - 6:30 & once a month on first Saturdays
  • Age groups: grades 9–12 
  • Application Closed
  • Partner: Parks Conservancy 


Schools on the Watershed 

In partnership with Marin Municipal Water District’s Schools on the Watershed program we provide school-year, environmental education opportunities for Marin elementary, middle and high schools and service-learning programs for youth groups and after school programs. We also support the very popular Trout in the Classroom Program on watershed lands. 


Community Volunteer Days 

Have a few hours? There are dozens of volunteer programs throughout the year across all of Marin, and many are open to youth participants. Have fun, meet new friends, explore the outdoors, and give back to the special places where you love to hike, run, ride, and play. Age restrictions vary across different programs—check in with volunteer leaders in advance. 


To learn more about youth and education programs on Mt. Tam, contact Grecia Solis Pacheco (, Youth & Education Programs Manager. 

LINC Nhi Nguyen Quote

I walk out of this program with more perspective and a powerful mindset, to get out there and make a change. The One Tam LINC high school program made me realize that this is exactly what I want to do with my life: be outdoors and explore, while at the same time giving back to my community.

Nhi Nguyen
LINC 2018 Student
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