Founded in 1971 and based in San Francisco, NatureBridge is the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service. Its mission is to inspire personal connections to the natural world and responsible actions to sustain it. NatureBridge currently operates four campuses: Yosemite Institute in Yosemite National Park, Olympic Park Institute in Olympic National Park in Washington state, Headlands Institute in Golden Gate National Parks and Santa Monica Mountains Institute in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Each year, NatureBridge serves more than 40,000 participants through field science, youth leadership and teacher training programs. NatureBridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
HQSan Francisco, US
Size (employees)169 (est)
NatureBridge was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in San Francisco, US
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Key People/Management at NatureBridge

Phil Kilbridge

Phil Kilbridge

President & CEO
Leigh Westerlund

Leigh Westerlund

VP of Operations
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NatureBridge Office Locations

NatureBridge has offices in San Francisco, Seattle, Thousand Oaks, Washington and in 3 other locations
San Francisco, US (HQ)
650 28 Geary St
Port Angeles, US
111 Barnes Point Rd
Sausalito, US
1033 Fort Cronkhite
Seattle, US
618 1402 3rd Ave
Thousand Oaks, US
276 501 S Reino Rd
Washington, US
700 777 6th St NW
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NatureBridge Financials and Metrics

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NatureBridge total Funding

$4 m

NatureBridge latest funding size

$4 m

Time since last funding

8 years ago

NatureBridge investors

NatureBridge's latest funding round in January 2011 was reported to be $4 m. In total, NatureBridge has raised $4 m
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NatureBridge Blogs

Board Member Spotlight: Lisa Holmes

      "It is young people who inspire me and give me hope for the future."   Lisa Holmes is Vice President of the Hunter Grubb Foundation, a founding board member of GreenWave and a NatureBridge Mid-Atlantic regional board member.  She has worked with grassroots and community effort…

Establishing Roots as an Environmental Steward: Joni Gore

    When I was in 6th grade, I remember arriving at my school parking lot early on a Sunday morning and sleepily lugging my bags into a chaperone’s car. My classmates and I waved goodbye to our parents and set out from the school’s parking lot. I bounced in my seat with excitement and eagerly…

2018 Shenandoah Alcoa Post-Trip Projects!

  It's been over a month since our 2018 Shenandoah Scholars returned to their homes after experiencing the wilderness in Shenandoah National Park. Thanks to Alcoa Foundation, NatureBridge conducts an international, environmental immersion program for stellar high school students to connect with nat…

A Student to Steward Story: Siara & Molly

In 2015, a classroom full of excited sixth graders left their homes in Pasadena, CA and traveled north to visit one of America’s beautiful public lands: Olympic National Park.
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NatureBridge Company Life and Culture

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