Their gifts have helped restore hundreds of miles of trails, protect endangered animals and millennia-old trees, inspire tens of thousands of young people, and much more. They’ve funded transformative projects at iconic locations, from classic overlooks to world-famous waterfalls, and enriching programs that help visitors grow into passionate stewards of the natural world.

Below, you can read highlights from a few of the major efforts donors’ gifts have made possible, and scroll down to see a full list of completed projects. To view our current projects, see where we make an impact.

Past Projects

Thanks to generous donors, we’ve funded efforts to build boardwalks that protect wetland ecosystems; to study pikas, butterflies and Pacific fishers; to erase “eco-graffiti” and restore wilderness areas; to inspire young people to become environmental stewards; and much more. Take a look at the many projects made possible by Yosemite supporters in recent years!

2018

Trail Rehabilitation & Access

Build Historical Connections: Washburn Trail – 2018

CCC Crews Restore Trails: Merced River Watershed – 2018

CCC Crews Restore Trails: Tuolumne River Watershed – 2018

Improve the Tenaya Lake Trail System – 2018

Link to the Past: Restore a Pioneer History Center Trail – 2018

Wildlife Management

Give Wildlife a Brake – 2018

Protect Pollinators: Alpine Butterfly Research – 2018

Restore Native Frogs and Turtles – 2018

Habitat Restoration

Ackerson Meadow: Science and Stewardship – 2018

Keep It Wild: Restore Yosemite’s Wilderness – 2018

Repair Wetlands Near Royal Arches – 2018

Restore Lyell Canyon: Meadow Habitat and John Muir Trail – 2018

Scientific Research

Study Songbirds in Yosemite Meadows – 2018

Vanishing Ice: Study Glacier Loss in Yosemite – 2018

Yosemite in 3-D: Map Resources for Modern Stewardship – 2018

Cultural & Historic Preservation

Create an Online Cultural Exhibit – 2018

Keep Horses at the Heart of Yosemite – 2018

Restore Yosemite Valley Vistas – 2018

Share Park History: Photos from Yosemite’s Past – 2018

Visitor Services & Education

Adventure Risk Challenge: Youth Build Skills in Yosemite – 2018

Ask a Climber – 2018

Develop a New Yosemite App – 2018

Inspire New Stewards at UC Merced – 2018

Junior Ranger Programs – 2018

Keep Visitors Safe with Preventive Search and Rescue – 2018

No Limits: Wheelchair Athletes in Yosemite – 2018

Parks in Focus: Youth Explore Nature through Photography – 2018

Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series – 2018

Renovate the Tuolumne Search and Rescue Base Camp – 2018

Support Veterans: Yosemite Seminar – 2018

Sustainable Visitor Access – 2018

WildLink: Teens Connect to the Natural World – 2018

Yosemite Climbing Stewardship Program – 2018

Yosemite Leadership Program Summer Internships – 2018

Yosemite Valley Bike-Share Program – 2018

2017

Trail Rehabilitation & Access

Building Historic Connections: Washburn Trail – 2017

CCC Crews Restore Trails: Merced River Watershed – 2017

CCC Crews Restore Trails: Tuolumne River Watershed – 2017

The Restoration of Bridalveil Fall – 2017

Wildlife Management

Keep Bear Cubs Safe with GPS Tracking – 2017

Protect Yosemite’s Owls – 2017

Restore Rare Frogs and Turtles – 2017

Return Bighorn Sheep to the Heart of Yosemite’s Wilderness – 2017

Habitat Restoration

Improve John Muir Trail and Meadow Habitat in Lyell Canyon – 2017

Keep It Wild: Restore Yosemite’s Wilderness – 2017

Plant Flowers to Save Pollinators – 2017

Protect Alpine Meadows from Invasive Plants – 2017

Restoring Mariposa Grove – 2017

Scientific Research

Discover and Document Ackerson Meadow Species – 2017

Protect Songbirds and Inspire Visitors – 2017

Streaming Science: The Yosemite Bat Channel – 2017

Yosemite Valley Predators: Raccoons, Ravens and River Otters – 2017

Cultural & Historic Preservation

Build a Traditional Roundhouse at Wahhoga Village – 2017

Preserve Yosemite’s Horse & Mule Tradition – 2017

Restore Historic Scenery: Valley View – 2017

Traditions to Careers: Engage Tribal Youth in Archeology – 2017

Yosemite Goes Global: Connect with International Parks – 2017

Visitor Services & Education

Adventure Risk Challenge: Youth Build Skills in Yosemite – 2017

Ask a Climber – 2017

Inspire New Stewards at UC Merced – 2017

Junior Ranger Programs – 2017

Keep Visitors Safe with Preventive Search and Rescue – 2017

No Limits: Yosemite Adventures for Wheelchair Users – 2017

Parks in Focus: Youth Explore Nature through Photography – 2017

Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series – 2017

Replace Search and Rescue Tent Housing – 2017

WildLink: Teens Connect to the Natural World – 2017

Yosemite Climbing Stewardship Program – 2017

Yosemite Leadership Program Summer Internships – 2017

Yosemite Nature Notes Series – 2017

2016

Trail Rehabilitation & Access

CCC Crews Restore Trails: Matterhorn Canyon – 2016

CCC Crews Restore Trails: Merced Watershed – 2016

Restore Legendary Valley Trails – 2016

Restore Popular Climber-Access Trails – 2016

Wildlife Management

Keep Bears Wild with Advanced Technology – 2016

Protect the Sierra Nevada Red Fox – 2016

Protect Yosemite’s Owls – 2016

Restore Rare Frogs and Turtles – 2016

Return Bighorn Sheep to the Heart of Yosemite’s Wilderness – 2016

Habitat Restoration

Improve John Muir Trail and Meadow Habitat in Lyell Canyon – 2016

Keep it Wild: Restore Yosemite’s Wilderness – 2016

Plant Flowers to Save Pollinators – 2016

Protect Ackerson Meadow – 2016

Restore Alpine Meadows: Remove Invasive Plants – 2016

Restoring Mariposa Grove – 2016

Scientific Research

Every Drop Counts: Monitor Yosemite’s Snowpack and Water Resources – 2016

Protect Songbirds and Inspire Visitors – 2016

Rare Flora Research: Yosemite’s “Fire-Followers” – 2016

Save Our Sequoias: Protect Yosemite’s Giant Sequoia Groves – 2016

Cultural & Historic Preservation

Create an Online Yosemite Museum Gallery – 2016

Modernize the Yosemite Research Library – 2016

Preserve the Pioneer Yosemite History Center – 2016

Preserve Yosemite’s Horse & Mule Tradition – 2016

Special Exhibit: 90 Years of the Yosemite Museum – 2016

Visitor Services & Education

Adventure Risk Challenge: Youth Build Skills in Yosemite – 2016

Ask a Climber – 2016

Connect the Class of 2016 to Yosemite – 2016

Inspire Kids: Junior Ranger Program – 2016

Keep Visitors Safe with Preventive Search and Rescue – 2016

Parks in Focus: Youth Experience Yosemite through Photography – 2016

Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series – 2016

Replace Search and Rescue Tent Housing – 2016

WildLink: Teens Explore Yosemite and Conservation Careers – 2016

Yosemite Leadership Program: Shaping New Stewards at UC Merced – 2016

Yosemite Leadership Program: Summer Internships in the Park – 2016

2015

Trail Rehabilitation & Access

Build Youth Stewardship for Public Lands – 2015

Improve John Muir Trail & Meadow Habitat in Lyell Canyon – 2015

Rehabilitate Trails by CCC Crews: Benson Lake & Lyell Fork – 2015

Restore Legendary Valley Trails – 2015

Restore Popular Climber-Access Trails – 2015

Restore the Trail System at Tenaya Lake – 2015

Wildlife Management

Protect the American Pika – 2015

Survey Yosemite’s Rare Mammals – 2015

Protect Yosemite’s Owls – 2015

Return Bighorn Sheep to the Heart of Yosemite’s Wilderness – 2015

Use Cutting-Edge Technology to Protect Frogs – 2015

Habitat Restoration

Enhance Protection of Yosemite’s Old-Growth Forests – 2015

Keep it Wild: Restore Yosemite’s Wilderness with Youth Conservationists – 2015

Restore Habitat at Vernal Fall – 2015

Restore Mariposa Grove – 2015

Restore the Trail to Bridalveil Fall – 2015

Wildflowers not Weeds: Remove Invasives from High Country Meadows – 2015

Scientific Research

Citizen Scientists Listen in on Yosemite’s Bats – 2015

Every Drop Counts: Monitor Yosemite’s Snowpack & Water Resources – 2015

Protect Songbirds & Inspire Visitors – 2015

Save Our Sequoias: Protect Yosemite’s Giant Sequoia Groves – 2015

Survey Yosemite’s Rare Flora after the Rim Fire – 2015

Cultural & Historic Preservation

Preserve Yosemite’s Horse & Mule Tradition – 2015

Yosemite Goes Global: Connecting with International Parks – 2015

Visitor Services & Education

Restore the “Happy” in Happy Isles Nature Center Exhibits – 2015

Ask a Climber – 2015

Connect the Class of 2016 to Yosemite – 2015

Create Young Leaders through the Yosemite Leadership Program (YLP) – 2015

Expand the Preventive Search and Rescue Program – 2015

Find Your Way: New Signage in Yosemite Valley – 2015

Focus Youth on Nature: Parks in Focus – 2015

Inspire Kids: Junior Ranger Program – 2015

Leadership through Adventure: Youth Development – 2015

Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series – 2015

Replace Search and Rescue Team Tent Housing – 2015

See Yosemite’s Wonders: Improve Access to Scenic Vistas – 2015

Teens Connect to Yosemite through WildLink – 2015

Welcome Visitors: New Visitor Information Hub in Yosemite Valley – 2015

Wilderness Education Center at UC Merced – 2015

WildLink Alumni Explore Yosemite Careers – 2015

Yosemite Nature Notes Videos – 2015

2014

Trail Rehabilitation & Access

Improve John Muir Trail & Habitat in Lyell Canyon – 2014

Restore Legendary Valley Trails – 2014

Restore Popular Climber Access Trails – 2014

Trail Rehabilitation by CCC Crews: Echo Valley & Kerrick Canyon – 2014

Wildlife Management

Protect Yosemite’s Great Gray Owls – 2014

Restore Endangered-Frog Habitat – 2014

Track Movements of Bears in Yosemite – 2014

Habitat Restoration

Remove Invasive Plants from Yosemite – 2014

Restore Mariposa Grove – 2014

Restore Tenaya Lake’s Sunrise Trail & Build Boardwalk – 2014

Restore Wilderness with Student Conservation Association (SCA) Crews – 2014

Scientific Research

Monitor Yosemite’s Snowpack & Water Resources – 2014

Protect Songbirds & Inspire Visitors – 2014

Protect the American Pika – 2014

Cultural & Historic Preservation

Preserve Thomas Hill’s Studio – 2014

Replace the Historic Wawona Stage Coach – 2014

Visitor Services & Education

Ask a Climber -2014

Engage the Class of 2016 in Park Stewardship -2014

Erase Eco-Graffiti in the Valley – 2014

Improve Access to Yosemite’s Iconic Scenic Vistas: Tuolumne Meadows – 2014

Improve Tuolumne Grove Trailhead & Access Area – 2014

Junior Ranger Program – 2014

Leadership through Adventure: Youth Development with Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC) – 2014

Parks in Focus: Youth Photography Program – 2014

Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series – 2014

Range of Light Film Festival – 2014

Rehabilitate Swinging Bridge Picnic Area – 2014

Revitalize Yosemite Valley Theater – 2014

Student Conservation Association (SCA) Interns Digitize Museum Archives – 2014

Teens Connect to Yosemite through WildLink -2014

Wilderness Education Center at UC Merced – 2014

WildLink Alumni Explore Yosemite Careers – 2014

Yosemite Grant 150th Anniversary Museum Exhibit – 2014

Yosemite Leadership Program (YLP) Summer Internship – 2014

Yosemite Nature Notes Videos – 2014

2013

Trail Rehabilitation & Access

Improving Visitor Access to Trails: CCC Internship – 2013

Gaylor Lakes Trail Restoration – 2013

John Muir Trail and Habitat Improvements in Lyell Canyon – 2013

Legendary Valley Trails Restoration – 2013

Restoring Popular Climbing Trails – 2013

Tenaya Lake Trail Restoration: South Shore – 2013

Trail Rehabilitation by CCC Crews – 2013

YCC Youth Crews Restore Trails – 2013

Wildlife Management

Protecting Yosemite’s Great Gray Owls – 2013

Recovery of the Rare Pacific Fisher – 2013

Saving the Sierra Nevada Yellow-Legged Frogs from Extinction – 2013

Habitat Restoration

Mariposa Grove Restoration – 2013

Preserving the California Black Oak in Yosemite Valley – 2013

Removing Invasive Plants from Yosemite – 2013

Wilderness Restoration with SCA Crews – 2013

Scientific Research

Protecting Songbirds and Inspiring Visitors – 2013

Protecting Yosemite’s Giant Sequoia Groves – 2013

Cultural & Historic Preservation

Ensuring a Reliable Source of Native Plants: A Partnership with the Tuolumne Band of Mewuk Indians – 2013

Preserving History: Restoring the Yosemite Cemetery – 2013

Preserving Ostrander Ski Hut – 2013

Sharing Traditions Exhibit: History of Cultural Demonstrators in Yosemite – 2013

Visitor Services & Education

A Class Act: Enhancing Park Stewardship for the Class of 2016 (Project Year 2013)

Adventure to Leadership: Youth Development Program with ARC – 2013

Ask a Climber – 2013

Buffalo Soldiers in Yosemite Film – 2013

Junior Ranger Program – 2013

New Trail Information Panels: Yosemite Valley Visitor Center – 2013

Parks in Focus: Youth Photography Program – 2013

Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series – 2013

Restoring the Boulder Garden at Happy Isles – 2013

Restoring Yosemite’s Iconic Scenic Vistas – 2013

Teens Connect to Yosemite through WildLink – 2013

Wilderness Education Center at UC Merced – 2013

WildLink Alumni Explore Careers in Yosemite – 2013

Yosemite Guide Mobile App – 2013

Yosemite Leadership Program Summer Internship – 2013

Yosemite Nature Notes Web Video Series – 2013

2012

Trail Rehabilitation & Access

Improved Trails and Wetland Restoration: Lembert Dome Loop Trail – 2012

John Muir Trail and Habitat Improvements in Lyell Canyon – 2012

Legendary Valley Trails Restoration – 2012

Restoring Popular Climbing Trails – 2012

Tuolumne and Merced Watershed Trails Restored by CCC Crews – 2012

Tuolumne Grove Trailhead Renovation – 2012

Youth Crews (YCC) Restore Campgrounds, Trails and Habitat – 2012

Wildlife Management

Protecting Yosemite’s Bears Through Electronic Monitoring – 2012

Protecting Yosemite’s Great Gray Owls – 2012

Habitat Restoration

Eradicating Invasive Velvet Grass – 2012

Harden Lake Road Removal – 2012

Mariposa Grove Restoration – 2012

Removing Invasive Plants from Yosemite – 2012

Tenaya Lake Restoration: East Beach – 2012

Wawona Meadow Restoration – 2012

Wilderness Restoration with SCA Crews – 2012

Scientific Research

Protecting Songbirds and Inspiring Visitors – 2012

Cultural & Historic Preservation

Historic Sachse Springs Cabin Restoration – 2012

Sharing Traditions Exhibit: History of Cultural Demonstrators in Yosemite – 2012

Visitor Services & Education

Adventure to Leadership: Youth Development Program with ARC – 2012

Junior Ranger Program – 2012

New Trail Information Panels: Yosemite Valley Visitor Center – 2012

Parks in Focus: Youth Photography Program – 2012

Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series – 2012

Teens Connect to Yosemite Wilderness through WildLink – 2012

Yosemite Leadership Program Summer Internship – 2012

Yosemite Nature Notes Web Video Series – 2012

Yosemite Trip Planning Podcasts – 2012

Yosemite’s 150th Year Celebrations – 2012

Youth Explore Careers in Yosemite – 2012

2011

Trail Rehabilitation & Access

Legendary Valley Trails Restoration – 2011

Tuolumne Backcountry Trails Restoration by CCC Crew – 2011

Youth Crews Restore Campgrounds, Trails and Habitat – 2011

Wildlife Management

Bear Boxes in Yellow Pine Volunteer Area – 2011

Declining Songbirds – 2011

GPS for Sierra Bighorn Sheep – 2011

Pacific Fisher Mammal Research – 2011

Habitat Restoration

Carlon Meadow Restoration – 2011

Mariposa Grove Restoration – 2011

Tenaya Lake Restoration: East Beach – 2011

Wilderness Restoration in Meadows and Valleys – 2011

Scientific Research

Research Dates Yosemite’s Rockfalls – 2011

Understanding Cause of Yosemite’s Rockfalls – 2011

Cultural & Historic Preservation

Historic Lake Vernon Wilderness Cabin Restoration – 2011

Museum Stereograph Images Preserved – 2011

Visitor Services & Education

Archives Digitized through SCA Internships – 2011

Adventure to Leadership: Youth Development Program with ARC – 2011

Ask A Climber – 2011

Bilingual Journal to Engage Diverse Communities – 2011

Campground Amphitheaters Renovated – 2011

Campus Wilderness Center Connects Students to Yosemite – 2011

Hansen Seasonal Interpretive Ranger – 2011

Horses and Mules in Yosemite: Renewing Traditions – 2011

Junior Ranger Program Expanded – 2011

Sustainable Campsites in Yosemite Creek Campground – 2011

Teens Connect to Yosemite Wilderness through Wildlink – 2011

Tuolumne Grove Giant Sequoias Educational Signage – 2011

UC Merced Intern Yosemite Leadership Program – 2011

Views and Visitors Exhibit II: Yosemite Experience in the 20th Century – 2011

Yosemite Nature Notes: A Yosemite Web Video Series – 2011

Yosemite Youth Art and Poetry Contest – 2011

Yosemite’s 150 Year Celebration – 2011

Youth Explore Careers in Yosemite – 2011