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Finding Our Way In Yosemite by Learning Maps

On our first expedition, we learned how to orient ourselves using topographical maps.  We could see the steepness of mountians and the flow of rivers on our two-dimensional maps.  We followed a bearing using a compass and we arrived at our destination: Yosemite Falls!



We just returned from our first expedition for the 40-day course in Yosemite. The greatest lessons learned so far have been time management, staying focused, commitment, determination, and making sacrifices.


This May Be The Craziest Thing He’s Done Yet

Meet Will Fasset, ARC’s year-round Outreach Coordinator for our Yosemite program. Will has been with ARC for just under one year, and although he’s had a diverse array of work experiences and off-the-wall adventures, working ARC’s 40-day course may be the craziest thing he’s done yet. (We’ll have to check in with him on day 40 to see if this is true or not!) Will has been excited to mix his love for the outdoors and passion for English language teaching as ARC’s Outreach Coordinator. From living in a FEMA trailer in an Arizona ghost town as a Student Conservation Association intern to teaching English in a small, intimate fishing village in Spain, he has pursued his interests in culture, language, and the outdoors in many different capacities. He has also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Waterville, Maine and a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Most recently, he received a Master’s degree from Georgetown University in Foreign Service.   He is grateful to have the opportunity to work with such an inspirational group of ARC students and staff.   In his free time, Will enjoys running, reading, and playing a good game of Scrabble.


Welcome to the ARC Blog!

For ten years, ARC has been delivering innovative outdoor and academic programming, impacting the lives of hundreds of young people around the state of California. As we look forward to the next 10 years of ARC, we invite you to share in our successes and in our stories. The ARC blog will provide you with a rare glimpse into the lives of our staff and young people as they revel in the beauty of the wilderness, create life-long bonds with each other, and embody our four core values of integrity, service, compassion, and determination. We hope you will visit often and share your thoughts and inspiration with us.