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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

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 next year as a volunteer.

We’ve modified our 2020 program offerings due to the coronavirus pandemic. We’re welcoming visitors for Custom Adventures, a selection of Outdoor Adventures, and Custom Art Classes, with safety measures in place to ensure the health of all involved. Our team is processing wilderness permits to help people experience Yosemite’s backcountry on overnight trips.

While we’ve canceled our regularly scheduled in-person art programs, theater shows and most volunteer programs, we’re excited to help you stay in touch with Yosemite through online art activities, naturalist videos and other resources. Follow us on social media, check out our latest blog posts, and keep an eye on our website for updates from our team!

 

Art

Create a timeless memento of your Yosemite trip at Happy Isles Art and Nature Center.

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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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Volunteer

Deepen your connection to Yosemite by donating your time and talents to help the park.
01/01/2020 - 12/31/2021
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Open Studio & Kids Classes

Happy Isles Art and Nature Center
Create Yosemite-inspired art on your own time at the Happy Isles art studio (April-October). Drop-in classes for kids (4-12) are
07/01/2020 - 12/31/2021
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Custom Art Classes

Happy Isles Art and Nature Center
Heading to Yosemite with a group? Enhance your time in the park with a custom art experience. We’ll work with
07/01/2020 - 12/31/2021
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Custom Adventures

Design a guided Yosemite experience to fit your itinerary and interests.
07/01/2020 - 12/31/2021
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Yosemite Valley Stargazing

Yosemite Valley
Join a Yosemite Conservancy naturalist for a guided stargazing program in the Valley this fall. Space is limited to maintain
10/03/2020 - 10/31/2020
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Halloween Full Moon Hike to Taft Point

Glacier Point Road to Taft Point
Join us for a one-of-a-kind Halloween adventure: an entertaining and educational evening at an iconic viewpoint off Glacier Point Road!
10/31/2020 4:00pm
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Testimonials

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

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
Testimonial 2
“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
Testimonial 3
“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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