This Could Be Your Classroom

The High Sierra Institute provides a unique opportunity for students to study at a location with both natural beauty and ecological diversity.
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Learning Gone Wild

From creative writing, to geology, to ecological studies, HSI offers over a dozen courses.
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Yes, this place actually exists.

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Our Mission

We aim to transform lives. View mission statement and guiding principles.


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HSI offers over a dozen courses to choose from.


Quick answers to the most common questions we receive.

The High Sierra Institute is a partnership between the Yosemite Community College District and the US Forest Service operated under Special Use Permit on the Stanislaus National Forest.

We are situated along Highway 108 in the high Sierra at an elevation of 6,200 feet in the Summit Ranger District of the Stanislaus National Forest.

Classes are held with field studies from May – August 2015.


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