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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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Wahhoga: The Path Forward
The continued development of the Wahhoga Indian Cultural site includes construction drawings for the restroom/caretaker's building and traditional structures, interior and exterior rehabilitation of the Wilson Cabin, and collaborative planning with all seven tribes for cultural education and events.
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Valley Voices — Cultural Demonstration Video for Yosemite Museum
Develop and produce a five-minute video that highlights Yosemite’s first people and their centuries-old commitment to stewardship of these lands.
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Tribal Plant Gathering Agreement
Establish the groundwork for a Tribal plant gathering agreement, which will advance the inclusion of traditional ecological knowledge in Yosemite.
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Tribal Priorities
Advance a strategic planning effort led by a Tribal-owned consulting firm and the seven associated Tribes to identify strategic objectives and priority projects.
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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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United in Yosemite
Create a multiday 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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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 $152 million to Yosemite for more than 800 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.