Many of Yosemite’s millions of annual visitors have opportunities to learn about stewardship and safety by reading park signs, stopping by a visitor center or speaking with a volunteer. For the increasing number of Spanish-speaking visitors, however, those resources are not always available.
In 2019, your support helped the park launch a new ¡Aventura Yosemite! program, designed to create a more welcoming educational experience for Hispanic and Latinx visitors. Through the program, Spanish-speaking rangers (including two Yosemite Leadership Program alumni) stationed along the Merced River and elsewhere in the Valley invited visitors to enjoy interactive activities that included lessons on a wide range of topics, including climate change, monarch butterflies and keeping bears wild. The program team also engaged Spanish-speaking visitors through social media posts, and created a short Spanish-language video to share basic safety and orientation information.
Your gifts helped the park implement an innovative new program to better serve Spanish-speaking visitors and empower them to develop deeper connections to the park.
Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park and Latino Outdoors.