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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 Programs coordinate 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:

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. 

  • Season: Six weeks in summer, June-July 2023
  • Age groups: grades 9-12  
  • Applications for summer 2024 are not yet available - please check back in early 2024.
  • Deadline: please check back in early 2024.
  • Partner: Parks Conservancy >>

Program contact: Darryl Burton, Youth Program Manager, Parks Conservancy,

Inspiring Young Environmental Leaders (I-YEL)

I-YEL is a high school leadership program for youth attending San Francisco and Marin public schools. Young adults learn the skills necessary to be stronger leaders in their community through project management, community involvement, and outdoor trips. This program runs during the school year and hosts a Mt. Tamalpais-based team as well as a San Francisco-based team.

The application for the I-YEL cohort for the 2023-24 school year is now closed - please check back in fall 2024 for the next opportunity to apply.

  • Season: Fall - Summer
  • Program Dates: Tuesday - Friday
  • Age groups: grades 9–12  
  • Application: check back fall 2024
  • Deadline to apply: check back fall 2024
  • Partner: Parks Conservancy >>

Program contact: Aimes Tam, Youth Program Manager, Parks Conservancy, 

Schools on the Watershed 

In partnership with Marin Water'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. 

  • Age groups: grades K–12  
  • Season: school year and summer 
  • Partner: Marin Water >>

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. 

Other Programs from One Tam Partners

  • The National Park Service (NPS) hosts a variety of paid internships throughout the year within Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Muir Woods National Monument for high school students and young adults (19-30 years).     
  • Migratory Story is a program offered in the fall that looks at the intersectionality of animal and human migration. This program is for 5th grade classes from Title 1 schools. 
  • The Parks Conservancy’s Crissy Field Center, based in San Francisco, has a range of additional youth programs. 

Resources for Teachers

California State Parks hosts a Summer Learning Program at Mt Tam State Park for all grades and an Environmental Studies Program for 4th graders at Petaluma and Sonoma Historic Parks. Teachers can contact to learn more about both programs. 

NPS offers a range of programs to support teachers and their classes including educational field trips at Muir Woods known as “Parks as Classrooms, ” teacher professional development workshops, “Teaching the Untold Stories of our Local Communities” program and more. 

NPS also offers the “Every Kid Outdoors!” program, an opportunity for every 4th grade student to obtain a free park pass for them and their families to use all year long.


Please note: we no longer offer Rising Environmental Youth Leaders, which was a climate change & youth leadership high school program connecting young people from underserved communities to their local parks and open space. This program is now being served by I-YEL, above.

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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