Project goal: Offer free public presentations featuring writers, researchers, artists and adventurers, to spark learning and dynamic conversation in a historic Yosemite high country setting.

Why this work matters: This long-running educational series in Tuolumne Meadows offers an opportunity for park staff, volunteers and visitors to explore topics rooted not only in Yosemite and the Sierra, but also in global conversations about science, conservation and our connections to the natural world.

The annual summer series of free weekend presentations takes place at the historic Parsons Memorial Lodge, which was built by the Sierra Club in 1915 and is one of the oldest rustic stone structures in a national park. The presentations 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.

Past presenters have included renowned writers, musicians, scientists, park rangers, poets and historians, among many others. 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.

How your support helps: Your donation will support the continued success of a popular Yosemite program that gives visitors opportunities to engage in learning and discussion about public lands, stewardship values and our relationship to the natural world.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park.

Karen Amstutz

Supervisory Park Ranger, Yosemite National Park

Project Notes

"This series brings fresh and diverse ideas from scientists, artists and scholars to life in Yosemite National Park. It provides an opportunity for visitors of all ages to enjoy free, high-level public discourse in a distinctive space."