Our Commitment is Personal
We live in the Sierra, in California, and in a nation that is rapidly changing, and increasingly polarized around environmental issues. The ability to ask clear questions, evaluate information, and communicate potential impacts has never been more important.
TSX NextGen Education experiences advance these skill sets in our next generation of environmental stewards, empowering new voices to make an impact.
Multi-Night Immersive Backpacking For Students Age 13-17
Summer 2022 Experiences
Our goal is to develop the next generation of environmental stewards through a transformative backcountry experience immersed in the environmental science practices and challenges present in High Sierra.
Integrating themes, labs, and curriculum into each outing, we believe better outcomes for stewardship and communication can be achieved through our experiential programs including:
*Recognizing natural systems interface with, include, and are impacted by humans.
*Solutions to challenges like land use conflict, natural resource management, and climate change are complex and require innovation to continue to meet human community needs.
*Developing an informed and enfranchised citizenry is required to close the trust gap that exist between scientific and American communities.
TSX NextGen Education
Ecosystem ChangeEngaging with ecosystems in flux, participants come to understand that climate change, both anthropogenic and natural, is real and is happening.
Interactions and InterdependenciesBuilding a framework for understanding interconnectedness in the biological world by engaging with community dynamics, abundance and distribution, competition, and symbiosis.
Ecological MethodologyCollecting environmental data through participation in longitudinal lab investigations related to biodiversity, soil chemistry, water quality, microcrustaceans, UV and glacial history.
Experimental DesignDeveloping an understanding of scientific processes while tapping into the curiosity and wonder of the experience to inspire new questions and explore future pursuits in the sciences.
Energy, Matter and OrganizationRecognizing the role that the natural world, and anthropogenic processes play in nutrient cycling and imbalances in these cycles.
Stewardship and CommunicationEmpowering participants with knowledge and confidence to lead us into the next generation of wilderness stewardship.
How To Participate
Young Adults Age 13-17
In 2022 we are offering two TSX NextGen Education experiences for motivated young adults. Each experience will have up to 10-12 participants, and 2-3 guide instructors.
June 20 – 25
July 31 – Aug 8
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park | Environmental Science
Schools, Organizations, Educators
Since our founding in 2010, we have been educators at heart. Make a difference in your community by bringing a TSX NextGen experience to your High School, Club or Organization. Contact us now to begin the planning process for 2023.
Passionate and committed science educators are invited to join our team.
A Note From Our Academic Director
We are taking outdoor education to new heights… all the way to the summit of Mt. Whitney! Our two 2022 experiences combine a strong curricular component and wilderness immersion with the development of backpacking skills, leadership and teamwork. On our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park experience students will practice real science collecting, testing and recording soil and water samples while backpacking 75 miles across the Sierra to Mt. Whitney. Our John Muir Wilderness experience will be focused on leadership development while trekking 40 miles through lake-studded high-Sierra basins, including 6-8 miles of off-trail travel. Both experiences will incorporate learning about the various interconnected ecosystems being traversed in order to better understand human impact on the natural world. Our primary goal is to educate and inspire youth in the environmental sciences while they are having a transformative and challenging wilderness experience.