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4-5 miles


5,000 feet

Registration Fee


Program Overview: On this Yosemite Field School course, held primarily in Ackerson Meadow and at Crane Flat, you’ll explore a range of park habitats, including forests, meadows and rocky cliffs, as you search for and learn about diverse birds. Over the course of three mornings, you’ll get to spend multiple hours birding with your naturalist guide, learning to look for, listen to and identify some of Yosemite’s many avian species, from tiny canyon wrens to powerful peregrine falcons. You’ll be joined by ornithologist Sarah Stock, a Yosemite National Park wildlife biologist, for a close-up, hands-on look at bird-banding, the special technique scientists use to track and study birds.

By the time your course wraps up at midday on Saturday, you’ll have a deeper understanding of songbird conservation, bird identification techniques, and the role that resident and migratory birds play in healthy ecosystems.

Know Before You Go

  • When: Friday, June 10 to Sunday, June 12, from 6am to around noon on Friday and Saturday, & 7:30am to noon on Sunday
  • Where: Ackerson Meadow and Crane Flat
  • Registration includes: Three mornings of guided birding, park entry (as needed), and four nights of tent camping at a shared campsite at Hodgdon Meadow Campground (June 9, 10, 11, and 12). There is no discount if you choose not to use the included gate pass or campsite.
  • Lodging: Tent camping (included, dates cannot be adjusted). No additional lodging options have been arranged for this program, but guests are welcome 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. Please review our COVID-19 procedures for details.