June 08, 2017

NatureBridge and Alcoa Foundation partner to connect high school students from around the globe to nature in the 2017 Alcoa Scholars Program

For Immediate Release

Contact: Annie Schuler




NatureBridge and Alcoa Foundation have partnered for the fourth year to offer the 2017 Alcoa Scholars program, an international science and exploration program that aims to connect high school students from all over the world to some of earth’s most beautiful protected lands.

Fully funded by Alcoa Foundation, the two-week program will host 55 teens from eight countries who will engage in hands-on science experiments and research, outdoor experiential learning, and social emotional learning activities designed to immerse scholars in nature and sustainability issues while learning about each other’s cultures and backgrounds

”Alcoa Foundation is proud to partner again with NatureBridge to continue offering an unparalleled opportunity for our future leaders in sustainability,” said Rosa García Pineiro, President, Alcoa Foundation. “Our global Alcoa Scholars show promise as stewards of the environment even before they embark on their expeditions with NatureBridge, and leave inspired to put their ideas into action, forever changed by their experiences.”

This year, Scholars will take part in backcountry expeditions and conduct scientific research that is specific to the unique terrains of two UNESCO world heritage sites: Yosemite National Park in California and Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Scholars will embark on backpacking adventures in small hiking groups and engage in scientific discovery in the Yosemite High Sierra and along the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah. Upon completion of the two-week program, scholars will present their project findings to an audience of peers and invited guests.

The 2017 program will focus on Alcoa Foundation’s key areas of engagement: reducing climate change and enhancing biodiversity. By building curriculum around these areas, the Alcoa Scholars program will educate young environmental stewards from around the world and empower them to tackle these pressing environmental issues from a global community’s perspective.

“NatureBridge is honored to work with the Alcoa Foundation to offer this highly immersive, international science program to teenagers for the fourth consecutive year,” said Phillip Kilbridge, President & CEO of NatureBridge. “Our goal is to shape the environmental stewards of tomorrow. At NatureBridge, we are always finding ways to better equip our students to effect change for a sustainable future. The Alcoa Scholars program not only exposes young adults to pressing environmental issues, but it also builds a sense of interconnectedness among students with different perspectives from all over the world. With the cooperation of individuals from diverse backgrounds, we can help build a community of environmental stewards that is truly powerful.”



Founded in 1971, NatureBridge connects students to the wonder and science of nature and inspires the environmental stewards of tomorrow. As the largest residential education partner of the National Park Service, the organization serves more than 30,000 students each year and offers programs in six national parks: Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Channel Islands National Park, Prince William Forest Park, and Shenandoah National Park. For more information, visit naturebridge.org.



Alcoa Foundation’s predecessor, currently known as Legacy Alcoa Foundation (and formerly known as Alcoa Foundation), was founded in 1952 as one of the few endowed corporate foundations in the United States. As a result of the separation of Alcoa Inc. into Alcoa Corporation and Arconic Inc. in November 2016, two new foundations were formed, into which the assets of Legacy Alcoa Foundation were transferred. One of the newly formed foundations, known now as Alcoa Foundation, is the foundation associated with Alcoa Corporation. Today, Alcoa Foundation invests where Alcoa Corporation has a presence, providing grants that contribute to environmental excellence around the world, particularly in the areas of biodiversity conservation and climate change research. Learn more at alcoafoundation.com and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.



The Alcoa Scholars program, hosted by NatureBridge and Alcoa Foundation, is an immersive, two-week environmental science program that allows high school students to learn and grow in some of the world’s most beautiful protected lands. 55 students from Alcoa communities around the world explore the wonders of the natural world in Yosemite National Park and Shenandoah National Park through backcountry exploration, hands-on science experiments and research, outdoor experiential learning and social emotional learning activities designed to connect scholars to nature, sustainability, and each other. The Alcoa Scholars converge from different nations and backgrounds to form a community of environmental stewards that will explore environmental issues from a global community's perspective.