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Whether you’re planning your first visit or have made countless trips to Yosemite, our programs will help you experience the park in a meaningful, memorable way.

“As a first-time visitor, I gained so much knowledge about the park. This experience gave me a renewed appreciation for our national parks.”

Lanny McOmber

Outdoor Adventure participant

Things to Do in Yosemite

We’re here to help you make the most of your time in Yosemite — and stay connected with the park from anywhere! Explore with our naturalist guides, prepare for a wilderness trip, stretch your creative muscles with art activities, or get inspired to join us as a volunteer.

We’ve modified our program offerings due to the coronavirus pandemic, including by implementing safety measures for our Custom Adventures, Outdoor Adventures, outdoor art classes and volunteer programs.

Planning a Yosemite backpacking trip? Head to our wilderness permits page for information about applying for your permit.

Whether or not you’re planning a trip to the park, be sure to follow us on social media, check out our latest blog posts, and keep an eye on our website for updates from our team!

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Outdoor Programs

Experience Yosemite outdoor adventures with us Yosemite Conservancy Outdoor Programs team is here to provide you with unforgettable Yosemite experiences.

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However and whenever you choose to participate in our programs in the park, you’ll be giving back to Yosemite! Proceeds from all these activities help support the park.

Upcoming Events

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Forest Art Walk

Yosemite Valley
In this creative 1.5-hour outing, you’ll use watercolor and ink to meditate on your surroundings, while learning about the magical
04/26/2024 - 05/24/2024
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Art Class: Watercolor with Grace Fong

Yosemite Valley
Beginning artists and experienced painters alike will enjoy a spring day spent painting with watercolor in Yosemite Valley. With guidance
05/20/2024 - 05/24/2024
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Art Class: Painting & Poetry with Joa & Kelly

Yosemite Valley
Join artists and poets Joa Suorez and Kelly Lee for this creative art class, which you’ll spend translating your experience
05/27/2024 - 05/31/2024
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Paint and Sip

Yosemite Valley
In this paint and sip class, you will learn the basics of watercolor and employ them to create an iconic
05/31/2024 - 09/27/2024
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Yosemite Field School: Bird Behavior, Nesting, and Communication

Yosemite Valley
Program Overview: When we start paying attention, every moment outside becomes exponentially more interesting — whether in Yosemite Valley or
05/31/2024 - 06/02/2024
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Art Class: Cyanotype Processing with Rose Cefalu

Yosemite Valley
Join Joshua Tree based artist Rose Cefalu for four hours of experimental printmaking, known as Cyanotype printing. In this hands-on
06/03/2024 - 06/07/2024
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Testimonials

What makes our Yosemite programs worthwhile? Here’s what past participants have to say:

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July 24, 2019
Testimonial 1
“I volunteer to give back for all I’ve received from Yosemite. With the Conservancy, I can enhance the experience of all people, both now and in the future, who come to enjoy Yosemite’s magnificence.” — Steven Matros, Yosemite Conservancy volunteer

Steven Matros

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August 6, 2019
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“We appreciate the incredible knowledge and insights that a Yosemite Conservancy guide provides during an Outdoor Adventure. It allows us to enjoy a much richer experience in Yosemite!

Clark Black

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August 6, 2019
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“I learned so much and came away inspired and invigorated. ... This art workshop was filled with creativity and tons of new learnings!”

Jessica Ansberry

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