47° F

Experience Level



1-3 miles


4,000 feet

Registration Fee


Program Overview: Spend a spring Saturday in Yosemite Valley enjoying the experience of being in one of the world’s most beautiful natural landscapes while capturing your observations in a nature journal. Your naturalist guide will help you and your fellow journalers tap into all your senses to notice details that might otherwise escape attention, such as hidden plants, animal tracks, or distant bird calls, and then jot down what you see, hear, smell and feel. However you decide to fill in your jounral — with notes, poems, sketches, maps, or detailed drawings of leaves and feathers — you’ll end the day with a personal record of the day’s observations and reflections (and maybe some inspiration to take a nature journal on your next outdoor wander).

Know Before You Go

  • When: Saturday, May 1, 9 am to around 4 pm
  • Where: Yosemite Valley
  • Registration includes: One-day nature journaling program, park entry (as needed), and two nights of tent camping at a shared group site in Yosemite Valley (April 30 and May 1). There is no discount if you choose not to use the included gate pass or campsite.
  • Lodging: Tent camping (included), or upgrade to Yosemite Valley Lodge for an additional fee. Camping and lodging dates cannot be adjusted. The upgrade option expires 30 days before the program.
  • Experience level: No experience necessary!

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COVID-19: We have implemented special safety measures to keep participants and instructors safe during the ongoing pandemic. For example, participants will hike single-file and keep moving to avoid crowding the trail, and instructors will stop to offer interpretation only when there is ample space to stay at least six feet apart. Please review our COVID-19 program procedures for details.