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Making it possible for millions of annual visitors to 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

Adventure Risk Challenge: Empower Future Stewards – 2019
Create transformational outdoor experiences for low-income Central Valley teens through a 40-day academic- and adventure-focused summer course, weekend retreats and mentoring.
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Ask a Climber – 2019
Connect visitors with Yosemite’s vertical wilderness through an interactive ranger-led program focused on natural history, climbing culture and environmental conservation
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Build Stewardship Through Bilingual Outreach – 2019
Initiate a “Beach Educators” program to create a more welcoming experience for Spanish-speaking visitors, with a focus on promoting environmental ethics and safety.
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Junior Ranger Programs – 2019
Inspire Yosemite’s future stewards through year-round Junior Ranger activities that encourage kids to explore, learn about and protect the natural world.
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Keep Visitors Safe: Preventive Search and Rescue – 2019
Coordinate volunteer-driven efforts to spread key messages and patrol popular trails, to help visitors enjoy the park safely and avoid preventable accidents.
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Keep Yosemite Moving: Explore Travel Patterns – 2019
Examine how daytime and overnight visitors move through Yosemite, to inform strategies for ensuring positive park experiences and reducing congestion.
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Parks in Focus: Inspire Youth Through Photography – 2019
Provide underserved Bay Area middle school students with inspiring outdoor experiences through five-day Yosemite camping trips focused on photography and stewardship.
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Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series – 2019
Spark learning and dynamic conversation through conservation-focused public presentations by writers, researchers, artists and adventurers in a historic Tuolumne Meadows setting.
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Upgrade Visitor Resources at Big Oak Flat – 2019
Design educational signs to help people navigate services at Big Oak Flat as part of a much-needed upgrade to entrance station facilities.
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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 $125 million to Yosemite for more than 640 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.