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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 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.

When Yosemite’s summer 2021 temporary reservation system is in effect (May 21-September 30), registration for all Conservancy programs (except naturalist walks) includes park entry for the duration of your program — no separate day-use reservation required! If you plan to visit the park on days other than when your Conservancy program is scheduled, you’ll need to book a separate day-use or overnight reservation (while the system is in place).

Planning a Yosemite backpacking trip? Head to our wilderness permits page to apply 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!

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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Custom Adventures

Design a guided Yosemite experience to fit your itinerary and interests.
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
03/01/2021 - 10/31/2021
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Wine and Paint

Virtual
In this wine and paint class, you will learn the basics of watercolor and employ them to create an iconic
09/16/2021 - 09/16/2021
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Watercolor with Michael Friedland: Class 2

Yosemite Valley
Art doesn’t have to be intimidating! That’s the theme of this creative painting class with artist Michael Friedland. Spend a
09/13/2021 - 09/17/2021
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Full Moon Hike: Taft Point (Trip 2)

Taft Point
Program Overview: Spend a moonlit evening at Taft Point, an iconic viewpoint on the south rim of Yosemite Valley. This
09/20/2021
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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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