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4-5 miles/day


8,600 feet

Registration Fee


Program Overview: Deepen your connection to Yosemite by donating your time and talents to help the park. During this Stewardship weekend, you will donate your time working on a stewardship project for the National Park Service on your first day, then enjoy a naturalist led hike the following day.

Projects have varying fitness levels and often requiring physically demanding work. We will update the website with the project description at a later date. Different options include working with the Trails Crew or Vegetation and Ecological Restoration branch of NPS.

Know Before You Go:

  • Program dates: Friday, September 6 through Saturday, September 7, 9am-5pm
  • Program location: Yosemite Valley
  • What’s included: Two full days of instruction; one day working on a facilitated stewardship project with the National Park Service, one full day hike with a Yosemite Naturalist, and one free day to explore on your own (September 8), park entry (as needed), and shared tent camping (camping dates cannot be altered). There is no discount if you choose not to use the included gate pass or campsite.
  • Camping dates: Participants can arrive on September 5 after 12pm and depart September 9 by 11am. There are two shared campsites among all the participants. We guarantee tent camping only. If you choose to bring a recreational vehicle, we cannot guarantee you will have a parking spot. Please be prepared to tent camp. A picnic table, bear locker and firepit are provided at each site. Campsites fit 6 people per site.
  • Campground Location: Upper Pines in Yosemite Valley
  • Lodging: No other lodging accommodations are available other than camping.
  • Experience level: All levels welcome, participants must be physically fit to walk at elevation with a backpack.

*This two-day program includes four nights of camping. Make the most your trip by enjoying an extra free day, September 8th, to explore on your own.

What’s not included:

  • Gear or meals during your program.
  • Camping gear or meals in the shared campsites.
  • Transportation.

View a suggested packing list.