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Studying, sharing and learning from Yosemite’s long human history.

People have lived in and traveled through the area now known as Yosemite National Park for millennia. Human stories are woven deeply into the park’s past and present, including in knowledge and experiences passed down through generations or still waiting to be told. Your support can fund efforts to study, share, honor and learn from those cultural and historic legacies.

Current Projects

Bridgeport Indian Colony: Document Tribal History in Yosemite – 2020
Fill a gap in documentation of the park’s human history by studying traditional American Indian land-use and lifeways in northern Yosemite.
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Celebrate Climbing History: New Exhibits – 2020
Create and install new educational exhibits in the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center focused on one of the park’s most popular activities: rock-climbing.
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Explore Gender Equity in the Park’s Past and Present – 2020
Invite park visitors and staff to explore women’s history and gender equity in Yosemite through a special museum exhibit.
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Keep Horses at the Heart of Yosemite – 2020
Continue the success of Yosemite’s celebrated, indispensable mounted patrol program by bringing in new horses and mules.
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Research Yosemite’s African American History – 2020
Increase the accuracy and relevancy of the park’s educational efforts by conducting in-depth research to uncover and share information on African American history in Yosemite.
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Restore Historic Curry Orchard – 2020
Rehabilitate Curry Orchard, in eastern Yosemite Valley, to save heirloom apple trees planted in the mid-1800s.
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Restore the Historic Rangers’ Club Fireplace – 2020
Repair a prominent fireplace in the 100-year-old Rangers’ Club, a National Historic Landmark, with a focus on restoring masonry features and preventing future deterioration.
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Our cultural and historic preservation projects have helped the park digitize thousands of vintage images, host special museum exhibits, restore buildings and expand educational resources, work with traditionally affiliated tribes to build a roundhouse at the Wahhoga Village site, and much more.

Want to know more? Take a quick journey back in time to see our past projects!

Areas of Focus

Thanks to supporters, we’ve provided over $130 million to Yosemite for more than 680 completed projects. Donor gifts help improve trails, restore habitat, protect wildlife, inspire the next generation of nature-lovers and more. Explore our funding areas to see current and past projects.