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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

African American History in Yosemite
Fill a gap in Yosemite's educational resources by researching and sharing stories of African Americans who worked in, lived in, visited and shaped the park during the past 150 years.
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Celebrating Chiura Obata
Celebrate the legacy of Japanese American artist Chiura Obata through an event and video focused on his early 20th-century Yosemite art, immigrant experiences and perspectives on nature.
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Digital Archives: Maps and Drawings
Digitize at least 3,000 of Yosemite’s archival maps, plans and drawings, for use in a public online gallery, park planning tools, and a college course on historical research methods.
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Wahhoga: Safety and Education
Install educational signs and reroute the Valley Loop Trail to encourage safe, respectful learning about the ongoing project to create an Indian Cultural Center at the Wahhoga site.
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Yosemite History Center: Inclusive Education
Create a more welcoming, inclusive experience at the Yosemite History Center, through new educational panels that go beyond the center’s traditional focus on Anglo-American history.
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Yosemite’s Horses and Mules
Ensure the continued success of Yosemite's long-running mounted patrol program by bringing in at least four new horses and mules and allowing older animals to retire.
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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 $140 million to Yosemite for more than 700 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.