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Helping people learn about and experience Yosemite safely and sustainably.

Every year, Yosemite’s world-famous landscape and recreational opportunities draw millions of people from around the globe. Your support can fund education, safety and stewardship programs, and other efforts focused on ensuring all visitors have access to safe, enjoyable and environmentally sustainable experiences.

Current Projects

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Visitor Use Survey
Design a study and collect data on visitor patterns and preferences to inform improvements at the Yosemite Village Visitor Center complex, including pathways, wayfinding signage, and interpretive activities.
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Reservation Monitoring to Preserve Resources and Quality Experiences
Analyze data gathered during park reservation pilots from 2020 through 2022 to better understand how the park can protect resources and improve visitor experience via less crowding, shorter wait times to enter, improved parking and traffic flow, and more.
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Monitoring the Momentous: Capturing Progress in Restoring Yosemite Valley
Implement a systemic monitoring effort across Yosemite Valley to close information gaps between multiple partners and departments and better understand the bigger-picture impacts of fire, resource management, and restoration activities.
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Tribal Internships in Resource Careers
Recruit and train a Tribal intern to help document, restore, and protect sensitive cultural and natural resources.
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Yosemite Workforce Diversity and Inclusion
Advance equity and create a more welcoming environment for employees — and, in turn, visitors — through facilitated workshops and dialogues, employee resource groups, and other relevancy, diversity, and inclusion (RDI) initiatives.
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Preventive Search and Rescue
Spread key safety messages and avoid preventable accidents through a variety of outreach activities, including trailside signs and volunteer-run information stations.
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Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series
Spark learning and conversation about environmental stewardship and human connections to nature and one another through free public presentations by writers, researchers, artists, poets, and adventurers.
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Yosemite Community Mental Health Services
Supplement funding for affordable, professional mental health services, including crisis intervention and consultation, for park employees and residents.
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Junior Rangers
Inspire future stewards through year-round Junior Ranger programming, and introduce new adaptive activities and materials to better serve kids with a range of learning needs.
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Whether you’re coming to Yosemite for the first time or are back for your fiftieth annual trip, you can benefit from the visitor services and educational programs our donors support in the park. Preventive Search and Rescue volunteers and signs share safety messages at busy trailheads. Seasonal climber stewards teach people about climbing history, geology and gear — and about taking care of the vertical environment. The Yosemite Bike Share lets visitors pedal around the Valley instead of getting in their cars.

Keep an eye out for Conservancy-supported activities and resources on your next Yosemite visit! And in the meantime, check out some of the many ways our donors have helped enhance visitor experiences over the years.

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.