One of the most highly anticipated events of the summer season, the Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series is a forum for the arts and sciences. Diverse presenters include photographers, writers, musicians, storytellers and poets, as well as research scientists, naturalists, historians, philosophers, climbers and planners. At the edge of Tuolumne Meadows, this rustic stone lodge is a vibrant gathering place that has been hosting this popular program since 1992.

In 2014, the series incorporated special programs honoring the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant and the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, including a visit from Galen Clark (portrayed by the Conservancy’s resident naturalist) and an inspiring presentation by artist Jock Reynolds and writer Terry Tempest Williams about “The Art of the Wild.”

With your support, this popular program gives all visitors the opportunity to deepen their connection with the park while learning something new in a unique setting.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park.

Margaret Eissler

Supervisory Park Ranger

Project Notes

The lodge, once again, fulfills its original purpose as a vibrant gathering place where ideas were exchanged — ideas that could be inspiring and life-changing, ideas about how to be in this world, how to live on this Earth, ideas that matched the mountains and powerful thinking that had come before. It is now intrinsic to summer in Tuolumne Meadows.