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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

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United in Yosemite
Create a multi-day, community-building event with climbing clinics, affinity group spaces, and stewardship to elevate issues and opportunities in diversity, equity, inclusion, and access related to climbing.
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Wahhoga: The Path Forward
Continue work to implement the Wahhoga Indian Cultural Site vision. Continue construction of the roundhouse, explore available utilities, and update site plans and signage.
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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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Chinese American History in Yosemite
Fill a gap in Yosemite's cultural history and interpretive offerings by researching and documenting the contributions of Chinese-American laborers to the development of historic infrastructure and other resources in the park, including the construction of the Old Wawona Road and Great Sierra Wagon Road (modern Tioga Road).
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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.