Sacred Rok’s new T-Shirt


A minimum of a $50 contribution will send a youth to Yosemite for a day with Ron; an event that can be life changing. In return we will send you this Half Dome inspired Sacred Rok tee (Adult sizes S, M, L, XL).

 Yosemite News Release

Yosemite National Park just issued a press release about the America’s Best Ideas grant received from the National Parks Foundation.  Yosemite is partnering with Sacred Rok and the local tribal community to connect American Indian youth to Yosemite National Park.
please check it out: ABI Yosemite News Release
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 We have been awarded a $10,000  grant from The North Face #ExploreFund. With this funding we will continue our mission of bring our youth into nature to experience it for themselves while providing a nurturing environment of good food, good water and an understanding of how to move within the outdoors in a respectful and good way. 

To find out more about the TNF Explore Fund visit
The results are in! We have been selected to receive a $10,000 grant from The North Face #ExploreFund. Thanks for your support in helping us get more deserving kids exploring outdoors. 
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Education Nature’s Way

Sitting by a river, hiking, camping, learning to climb a rock.   Many young people do not have the opportunity to experience nature during their everyday lives.   We are concerned that so many youth have lost touch with nature. Experience with nature serves as a source of energy for youth to discover their potential, to explore themselves, to develop relationships with caring adults, and to learn to mentor other youth. The potential of so many young people is lost because our social institutions are not responsive to these instinctive needs. We emphasize the basics by bringing attention and conscious awareness to water, food and other essential needs thus helping them to develop an appreciation for our basic needs as humans and put more value and reality into that.

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Sacred Rok provides the chance for small groups of young people between the ages of 14 and 21 to get to know the natural beauty of Yosemite National Park.    To find out more, check out our activities.

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Ron Kauk’s book, “Letters from Sacred Rok.”

We are asking for a suggested $20 donation (minimum) plus $5 for shipping and handling – please send a check or money order to PO Box 148 – Yosemite, CA 95389 if you would like a copy or click the link above.


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We are pleased to share with you the publication of 107 page book, Letters from Sacred Rok. The book is based on Ron’s newsletters and photos that have appeared on our website, and envisions how we share the story of nature.In the preface, founding board member Kenji Hakuta recounts his conversation with Ron, from which Sacred Rok originated. At the parking lot of the Tioga Pass Resort, he asked Ron what he was working on, expecting an answer about a new climbing project. “I’m working on my breathing,” Ron said. Sacred Rok is based on this kind of simple ceremony that connects youth to Yosemite.Letters from Sacred Rok comes from Ron’s intimate connection with nature. It represents what Yosemite has meant to him over the past 40 years as a climber, and now what he hopes to communicate through Sacred Rok. As Ron writes in the book, “Sacred Rok has become a climb of a lifetime.” The book interweaves new photos taken by Ron of Yosemite and the Sacred Rok youth, with more classic pictures from his history as a climber.This is truly a stunning and beautiful book which we would like to share with all of our supporters. We are asking for a suggested $20 donation (minimum) plus $5 for shipping and handling – please contact us if you would like a copy.