Explore with us

Introducing the Yosemite National Park Challenge. Over  3½ months starting now and wrapping up on July 31 you can cross off some of the most celebrated sites Yosemite has to offer from your bucket list . It is the most iconic national park in the United States. We welcome you to join us on the ultimate virtual challenge through this famed landscape. Track yourself on the interactive map as you log your mileage and circumnavigate 252 miles of some of Yosemite’s greatest natural wonders. Your adventure begins on the South Rim and finishes at the foot of El Capitan. We’ll be sharing everything in-between: waterfalls, colossal domes, subalpine meadows and high sierra camps. This event is produced by Fleet Feet for NatureBridge.

We are putting all this into your virtual backpack to keep you active and motivated:

  • Mileage log (enter manually or upload on a supported device)
  • Interactive Yosemite map and leaderboard to track your progress
  • Over 25 digital postcards sent your way as you pass iconic points of interest
  • Digital trailblaze mileage badges as you reach 50, 100, 150, 200, 252 miles
  • Up to 27 digital Passport Stamps for the Mini Challenges featured at:

Olympic National Park (9 Mini Challenges in May)
Prince William Forest (9 Mini Challenges in June)
Golden Gate National Recreation Area (9 Mini Challenges in July)

  • Stunning custom finishers medal (sent at the conclusion of the Challenge)
  • Four custom stickers representing Yosemite, Olympic National Park, Prince William Forest Park, and Golden Gate National Recreation Area (sent at the conclusion of the Challenge)
  • Downloadable event bib
  • Exclusive access to the Yosemite Facebook group
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Meet our Beneficiary

Fleet Feet understands the profound impact of spending time outdoors. Whether you’re running through your neighborhood, climbing El Capitan or sitting on your balcony watching the stars, being outside ignites discovery and inspires wonder.

The sole beneficiary for the Yosemite Challenge is NatureBridge, the oldest and largest residential education partner of the National Park Service. For 50 years, NatureBridge has been bringing students from around the country to national parks to engage in scientific principles firsthand, explore ecological concepts and think critically, all while discovering the joy of the outdoors.

NatureBridge 50th Anniversary

Celebrating 50 Years

2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the NatureBridge outdoor science program. Looking back to 1971, a high school teacher named Don Rees assembled a group of 50 high school students in Yosemite for a week-long adventure. That trip inspired the founding of NatureBridge, formerly Yosemite Institute. NatureBridge’s continued commitment to equity and inclusion has helped more than 1.5 million students of all backgrounds to take part in its environmental science programs and experience the wonder of nature.

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