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Package includes lodging and hands-on learning experiences with a Yosemite Conservancy naturalist, where Yosemite visitors will appreciate not only the majestic cliffs and scenic waterfalls, but also the stories behind the landscape

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif., February 10, 2012 – Yosemite National Park concessioner Delaware North Companies (DNC) Parks & Resorts is pleased to partner with Yosemite Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of Yosemite National Park, to provide a “Lodging and Learning” package for Yosemite National Park visitors. Package includes a full-day and a half-day instruction by a Yosemite Conservancy naturalist, accommodations each night at Yosemite Valley Lodge and one group picnic lunch. Participants will explore areas such as Swan Slab, the base of Yosemite Falls, Cook’s Meadow, Superintendent’s Bridge, Old Yosemite Village, Ahwahnee Meadow, Church Bowl, Yosemite Village, Happy Isles and along the Merced River to the medial moraine. During the excursions, visitors will learn about geology, American Indians, John Muir, tree identification, fire ecology, Sierra weather and rock climbing, just to name a few.

“Yosemite is a nature-lover’s paradise and the new “Lodging and Learning” package perfectly combines both education and exploration,” said Mike Tollefson, president Yosemite Conservancy. “Bring your family and friends to enjoy the ultimate insider Yosemite experience and don’t forget to ask those burning Yosemite questions you may have during our excursion.”

“Lodging and Learning” is a three-day, two-night package offered starting February 12 and 26 and March 11 and 18. The recommended minimum age is 12, and the program is limited to 15 persons. February packages start at $306* per person and March packages start at $552* per person based on double occupancy. Naturalists will tailor the program to suit each participant’s hiking abilities and the weather conditions.

This is a pilot program and additional dates may be offered. Learn more about the “Lodging and Learning” package. For more information about DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite or to make a reservation, visit www.YosemitePark.com or call 801-559-4949. Join the conversation at Facebook.com/YosemitePark and Twitter.com/YosemiteDNC.

* Starting at rates are based on lodging and program for one adult.  Additional adults and children aged 13 and older add $95 for the program. Additional lodging and program costs associated with additional persons.  Rates do not include taxes.  Package may not be combined with other discounts, packages or special offers.  No refunds for early check out or unused portions of package.  Offer is subject to change with NPS approval.  Advance reservations are required.  Package is for specific days only.

About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts

Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is an industry leader providing Stewardship and Hospitality in Special Places SM, with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & the Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Niagara Falls State Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, Gray Wolf Inn & Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel. The company also owns and operates five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings Canyon Resort and El Questro Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ hospitality management expertise, visit www.experiencednc.com. Visit yosemite.org to gain further insight into the programs, projects and volunteer opportunities available with Yosemite Conservancy.

About Yosemite Conservancy

Yosemite Conservancy is the only philanthropic organization dedicated exclusively to the protection and preservation of Yosemite National Park and enhancement of the visitor experience. The Conservancy works to restore trails, protect wildlife through scientific research and habitat restoration, and offers outdoor programs that provide visitors with unique ways to connect with the park. In recent years, it has funded over 300 projects through $60 million in grants in areas including trail and habitat restoration, wildlife protection, education, volunteering, and the production of award winning books and DVDs. Learn more at yosemite.org or call 1-800-469-7275.

Media contacts:

Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Yosemite
Lisa Cesaro, 209-372-1445 | [email protected]

Yosemite Conservancy 
Pete Bartelme, 415-664-1503 | [email protected]
Jennifer Miller, 415-434-1782 | [email protected]