Spark your passion for science and local climate action. Be a part of a once-in-a-lifetime outdoor expedition.

SYRCL is excited to announce a FREE five-day summer science expedition for local 9th-12th graders to engage in local climate action and watershed restoration efforts!

Apply for our Youth Outdoor Leadership Opportunity (YOLO) Expedition, and if you’re selected, spend a week on a fully funded research expedition studying meadows in Tahoe National Forest alongside real scientists and other students.

Questions? Contact us!

Monique Streit
River Education Manager
(530) 265-5961 ext. 218

Are you a family member or student who wants to learn more? Watch the short video to see what past expeditions have looked like! 

Surrounded by the gorgeous Sierra Mountains, you’ll get a chance to conduct hands-on field work and meadow restoration research. You’ll be collecting the data needed to help answer some of California’s most pressing environmental questions!

You’ll also get a chance to connect with your teammates throughout the expedition, discuss important environmental justice issues, hone your leadership skills and make new friends while exploring the beautiful landscapes that make up our North Yuba Watershed.


With the safety of students and community members participating in SYRCL’s River Education Program being our top priority, we are taking action based on guidance from Governor’s Executive Order N 25-20, the CDC, as well as public health experts. COVID guidelines and protocols are subject to change as we continue to receive new information.


2022 YOLO Dates: June 13–17, 2022

Tentative Program Itinerary

Day Program

  • Monday – Thursday  Meet at the SYRCL office at 8 am and return at 5pm.
    Travel to our meadow restoration sites to engage in fieldwork surrounding:
      • Install fencing for an aspen enclosure 
      • Water quality monitoring
      • Restoration activities such as collecting and/or planting native riparian vegetation to ensure health of stream-channels.
      • Conducting biological surveys to assess meadow restoration success
      • Hikes to highlight the impacts of human activity on meadow health or the correlations of meadow health to watershed health.
      • Team-building, personal reflection and leadership skills development
  • Friday  Fieldwork in the morning with the afternoon by the Yuba River; return to the office for pick-up

Food and transportation to the meadow expenses covered*

  • Day Program includes lunch and snacks
  • Overnight Program includes all meals

*Excludes personal expenses

Field Site

  • Most of the time will be spent outdoors at Loney Meadow in the Tahoe National Forest, 30 minutes outside of Truckee.


Earthwatch YOLO Youth Student Eduction


  • Bear and Yuba Watershed 9-12 grade students**
    **Preference will be given to students from Nevada, Yuba, Placer, Sierra and other counties within the Yuba Watershed boundaries, but other students in the Central Valley region may still apply.
  • Able to attend orientation the weekend of June 3.
  • Available to work 5 days in the summer, with the willingness to work as part of a team.
  • Comfortability with physical work and hiking.
  • Creative thinkers and motivated learners.
  • Excited to work in a team dynamic with peers & local scientists.


  • April 4  Applications Open (download application here).
  • May 17  Applications Due.
  • May 20  Receive notification from SYRCL as to whether or not you’ve been selected.
  • June 3-4 mandatory orientation location and times TBD.
  • June 13-17  YOLO Expedition

Many thanks to National Forest Foundation and National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) for making this opportunity possible!