43° F

Experience Level



4-5 miles/day


9,000 feet

Registration Fee


Do you enjoy watercolor painting and want to learn about taking your craft into the wilderness? This is the trip for you! Join one of our naturalist guides and our art instructor for a casual weekend adventure at scenic May Lake. You’ll learn how to load and fit your pack, select and set up a campsite, cook a satisfying camp meal, minimize your impact on your surroundings, and apply a Leave No Trace backpacker’s mindset to create a wilderness-friendly, portable art supply kit.

As you learn, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of May Lake, where we’ll camp for the night. Stunning views of Mt. Hoffman and Tuolumne Peak will inspire your art. By the time you hop off the trail, you’ll have the skills to plan your next wilderness adventure and the inspiration to add to your art journal!

Know Before You Go:

  • Experience level: Little to no experience required, ages 12+. Participants must be physically fit and have an interest in watercolor painting.
  • When: Saturday, July 31 through Sunday, August 1, with an introductory meeting in the evening on Friday, July 30 at 7:30pm.
  • Where: May Lake.
  • Registration includes: Two-day backpacking adventure, park entry (as needed), wilderness permit, bear canister rental, and two nights of tent camping before and after the trip (July 30 and August 1) at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley.
    • Please note: There is no discount if you do not use the included gate pass, campsites, wilderness permits or bear canister. We are unable to offer accommodation upgrades for this program, and camping consists of unassigned, shared tent sites for registered participants only. We cannot adjust the dates.

COVID-19: We have implemented special safety measures to keep art class participants and instructors safe during the ongoing pandemic. Please review our COVID-19 procedures for details.

View the supply list and a suggested packing list for this art retreat.