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Experience Level

Moderate

Hiking

4-5 miles/day

Elevation

7,800 feet

Registration Fee

$279

Program Overview: Spend a weekend getting to know Yosemite’s high country during a two days of guided hikes in the Tuolumne Meadows area. On low-key day hikes on Saturday and Sunday, you’ll look for and learn about diverse bird and plant species that live at the park’s high elevations. Enjoy summer scenery as your naturalist guide shows you how to tune into the melodies of songbirds and use clues, such as leaf shape and petal count, to identify wildflowers blooming along the trails. Whether you have a background in birding and botany or are brand new to ecological exploration, this adventure offers a relaxing opportunity to connect with your surroundings and recharge outside.

Know Before You Go

  • When: Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25, 8 am to around 3 pm each day.
  • Where: Tuolumne Meadows
  • Registration includes: Two days of guided hiking, park entry (as needed), and three nights of tent camping at a shared group site at Tuolumne Meadows Campground (July 23, 24 and 25). There is no discount if you choose not to use the included gate pass or campsite.
  • Lodging: Tent camping (included). Camping dates cannot be adjusted. No additional lodging options have been arranged for this program, but guests are welcomed to find their own alternate accommodations if desired.
  • 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 procedures for details.