The annual Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series in Tuolumne Meadows offers public programs celebrating conservation through art, science, music, history and more.

Parsons Memorial Lodge, one of the oldest rustic stone structures in a national park, was built by the Sierra Club in 1915. The series, which has run for more than a quarter-century, honors the lodge’s founding purpose to serve as a vibrant gathering place to share powerful ideas. Presenters, including writers, researchers and adventurers, spark relevant, fresh discourse that inspires visitors to explore Yosemite’s natural and cultural history, learn about efforts to protect natural resources, and gain a deeper appreciation for the park and our planet.

The 2019 summer series featured presentations and conversations on a variety of topics, including natural history, songbirds and wilderness management; a performance of “Yosemite Through the Eyes of a Buffalo Soldier,” starring ranger Shelton Johnson; and the 23rd annual Tuolumne Meadows Poetry Festival.

Your donations supported a popular Yosemite program that provides visitors with opportunities to engage in dynamic conversations about the park’s past, present and future.

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park.