We have modified, postponed or canceled many Conservancy programs, events and operations. For details, see our COVID-19 response and our new Outdoor Adventure safety procedures. Yosemite is open. Park entry requires reservations. See the Yosemite National Park site for details and reservations.

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In April 2020, Yosemite Conservancy President Frank Dean and Projects Manager Ryan Kelly spoke with BBC Newshour about the unique wildlife sightings they’ve experienced  — both in-person and virtually, via our webcams  — since the park closed temporarily in March 2020.

“I think it’s important to enjoy the peace and quiet now, but also remember that this is a place that attracts people from all over the globe and they get something incredibly meaningful out of it,” said Ryan.

The interview aired on April 22, 2020. Click “play” below to listen in:


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