Experience Yosemite With a Naturalist

Heading to Yosemite this spring? Add a Yosemite Conservancy naturalist walk to your itinerary! During a two-hour guided stroll in Yosemite Valley, our knowledgeable naturalists will help you deepen your connection with the park, whether you’re visiting for the first time or the hundredth time.

Our naturalist walks are:

  • Family-friendly. Visitors of all ages welcome!
  • Inspiring and informative. Explore ecology and history while enjoying the Valley’s spring beauty.
  • Open to all levels. Suitable for beginner and seasoned hikers alike.
  • Easy to join. No advanced registration required — just show up!
  • Affordable. All walks are $10/person.

Naturalist Walk Schedule

*PLEASE NOTE: Due to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), Naturalist Walks will be canceled until June 30, 2020. For more information about Yosemite Conservancy’s response to COVID-19, please click here.*

Our 2020 spring naturalist walks start April 1 and run through mid-June. The schedule below covers April 1–May 12 (walks every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). Stay tuned for the schedule for late May and June!

MONDAYS

  • Explore Yosemite’s Bird Life | 8:30 am–10:30 am | Meet in front of Valley Visitor Center
    Learn about, and look and listen for, the diverse avian species that make their year-round or seasonal homes in Yosemite.
  • Yosemite History Walk | 1 pm–3 pm | Meet in front of Valley Visitor Center
    Travel back in time with a Conservancy naturalist during a guided walk to the former Yosemite Village.

WEDNESDAYS

  • Explore Yosemite’s Bird Life | 8:30 am–10:30 am | Meet in front of Valley Visitor Center
    Learn about, and look and listen for, the diverse avian species that make their year-round or seasonal homes in Yosemite.
  • Yosemite Trees and Other Plants | 1 pm–3 pm | Meet in front of Valley Visitor Center
    Get to know Yosemite’s fascinating plant life during a botany-focused walk in the Valley.

THURSDAYS

  • Explore Yosemite’s Bird Life | 8:30 am–10:30 am | Meet in front of Valley Visitor Center
    Learn about, and look and listen for, the diverse avian species that make their year-round or seasonal homes in Yosemite.
  • Secret Connections: Flora and Fauna | 1 pm–3 pm | Meet in front of Valley Visitor Center
    Deepen your understanding of your Sierra surroundings as you explore interactions among Yosemite’s plants and animals.

FRIDAYS

  • Explore Yosemite’s Bird Life | 8:30 am–10:30 am | Meet at Happy Isles Art and Nature Center
    Learn about, and look and listen for, the diverse avian species that make their year-round or seasonal homes in Yosemite.
  • Yosemite Nature Journaling | 11:30 am–1:30 pm | Meet at Happy Isles Art and Nature Center
    Draw on guided prompts and inspiring scenery to capture observations on paper as you create your own nature journal.

 

Looking for an even more in-depth Yosemite experience? Check out our naturalist-led Outdoor Adventures and Custom Adventures!