Experience Yosemite with us

Yosemite Conservancy Outdoor Programs team is here to provide you with unforgettable Yosemite experiences. We’ve been partnering with the National Park Service for over 50 years, to offer high-quality programs. Our guides are Sierra Nevada experts dedicated to providing world-class Yosemite programs.

Custom Adventures

Create a private Naturalist-led program based on your interests and schedule.


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Outdoor Adventures

Join us for a group adventure focused on learning about the park.  Check out our calendar of in-depth offerings.


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Naturalist Walks

These are one- to two-hour offerings including stargazing programs and more.


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Gift Cards

Give the gift of adventure! Our gift cards are available in any amount and can be redeemed for Custom Adventures and scheduled Outdoor Adventures


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Yosemite Conservancy programs come with a day-use reservation in 2024! When you book an Outdoor Adventure or Custom Adventure program with our expert naturalists and guides, you’re not only helping to protect and preserve the park, you’ll also receive a gate pass that will serve as your reservation for entry into the park* (for the dates of your program only).

* Naturalist Walks or Explore Yosemite’s Night Sky programs do not include a gate pass.

Learn more about Yosemite reservations in 2024 here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about what to expect from a Conservancy adventure, including answers to common questions, information on our cancellation policy, and more details about difficulty ratings — we call them Experience Levels. As with all Conservancy programs, your participation in our Outdoor and Custom Adventures helps support Yosemite.


Upcoming Events

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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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Yosemite Field School: Bird-Banding

Ackerson Meadow
Program Overview: This course offers a unique opportunity to participate in the Institute for Bird Populations’ (IBP) Monitoring Avian Productivity
06/12/2024 - 06/14/2024
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Day Hike: LGBTQIA+ Stewardship Weekend

Yosemite Valley
Program Overview: This partnership with Gays of National Parks and Yosemite Conservancy seeks to strengthen your bond with the magic
06/14/2024 - 06/16/2024
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Backpack & Paint with Nikki Frumkin

Alder Creek
Come with us on an art backpack trip! On this three-day, two-night backpacking trip, you will learn to bring your
06/20/2024 - 06/23/2024
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Women’s Backpack: Glen Aulin

Glen Aulin
Program Overview:  Enjoy the splendor of summer in Yosemite’s high country during this one-of-a-kind backpacking trip with an experienced naturalist
07/04/2024 - 07/07/2024
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Overnight Under the Milky Way: May Lake

May Lake
Program Overview: On this guided overnight trip, you’ll get to experience a natural treasure — Yosemite’s night skies. After meeting
07/05/2024 - 07/06/2024
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Meet the people who lead our adventures. When you sign up for an Outdoor or Custom Adventure, you’ll get to explore the park with knowledgeable naturalists and rangers who love sharing their passion for Yosemite.

by Josh Helling
Enjoy nights under the stars on backpacking trips.
by Jenna Moynier
Experience Yosemite's winter magic on a guided snowshoe hike.
by Yosemite Conservancy/Keith Walklet
Learn to capture Yosemite's beauty on camera with guidance from professional photographers.


See what past participants have to say about their Outdoor Adventure experiences.

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August 7, 2019
Outdoor Adventures 1 – Yaitza Green
“This was my first time visiting Yosemite. Being able to be part of a hiking group, have a guide and, on top of that, learn some good history was like a dream come true. This program was amazing!”

Yaitza Green

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October 13, 2020
Melinda Weir – Outdoor Adventures
“The Outdoor Adventures program was invaluable. As a professional photographer, I appreciated the guide’s knowledge of amazing locations I wouldn’t have found otherwise.”

Melinda Weir

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August 7, 2019
Outdoor Adventures 3
“The perfectly paced snowshoe hike was good for all the different fitness levels within the group. Our guide, Dick, had awesome stories and was incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining.”

Ellen Crocker

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