Program Overview: Julia Parker spent more than 60 years working as a cultural demonstrator in Yosemite National Park, educating visitors from around the world about Native American history, stories and traditions. Julia is a renowned basket-weaver, a skill she has passed on to others in her family and shared with countless people over decades, including through Conservancy workshops.
In this three-day workshop in Yosemite Valley, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from Julia, her daughter and her granddaughter as they guide you through traditional Miwok-Paiute basket-weaving techniques and share stories that have lived on through generations. All weaving materials are provided, and you’ll be able to create and take home your own beautiful handmade basket. Please note that you’ll need to bring some specific equipment with you — view a suggested packing list here.
Know Before You Go
- When: Friday, September 24 to Sunday, September 26, 9 am to around 4 pm each day (Sunday program ends a little earlier).
- Where: Yosemite Valley
- Registration includes: Three days of basket-weaving instruction, basket-weaving materials, park entry (as needed), and four nights of tent camping at a shared group site in Yosemite Valley (September 23, 24, 25 and 26). 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 or Curry Village 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!
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.