Project overview: Spark learning and conversation about environmental stewardship and human connections to nature and one another through free public presentations by writers, researchers, artists, poets, and adventurers.

The backstory: This long-running educational series offers an opportunity to explore topics rooted not only in Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada, but also in global conversations about science, conservation, and our connections to the natural world.

The annual summer series of free weekend presentations, which began in 1992 and has been supported by Conservancy donors since 2011, typically takes place at the historic Parsons Memorial Lodge, which is one of the oldest rustic stone structures in a national park. The presentations, performances and workshops feature perspectives and expertise from a variety of fields, and all honor the lodge’s founding purpose as a vibrant gathering place to share powerful ideas. Conservancy volunteers play a key role in the series, by setting up the lodge, welcoming and seating guests, and selling relevant books.

Past presenters have included renowned writers, musicians, scientists, park rangers, poets and historians, among many other innovative thinkers. Whether hearing about research on Yosemite ecology and geology, learning about the Sierra Nevada’s human history, or listening to nature-based poetry and essays, guests gain a deeper appreciation for the park and our planet.

This year: In 2023, your donation will support the continued success of a popular Yosemite program that offers unique opportunities to learn about public lands, stewardship values, and our relationship to the natural world.

View the 2023 Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series schedule.

Project partner: Yosemite National Park

Karen Amstutz

Interpretation and Education, Yosemite National Park

Project Notes

“The Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series intends to connect the meanings of Yosemite with relevant national and global conversations.”