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Supporting the world-class scientists who conduct unique and vital research in Yosemite.

Yosemite is an ideal place to study the natural world. Scientists working in this “living laboratory” explore biodiversity, geology, climate change and more. Your support can fund research that informs efforts to understand and protect the park’s resources today and prepare for the future.

Current Projects

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Saving Sierra Nevada Pines
Take key steps to rescue imperiled tree species, by collecting sugar pine cones for analysis and future planting, and developing data-driven conservation plans for whitebark pines.
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Wilderness Research: PCT/JMT
Study John Muir Trail/Pacific Crest Trail hikers’ travel patterns and wilderness values to improve permit processes and protect habitat along popular long-distance routes.
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Yosemite Science Strategy
Develop a comprehensive strategy to guide priorities for park-based scientific research that align with long-term goals for protecting wildlife and ecosystems.
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How is climate change affecting Yosemite’s plant and animal populations? What can a tiny sample of water tell us about the organisms living in an alpine lake? How does Yosemite’s shrinking glacial ice impact ecosystems in and beyond the park?

Donor-funded projects help deepen scientific understanding of natural processes, flora and fauna, and human impacts on the environment. Browse our past projects to see innovative research our supporters have made possible.

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.