Yosemite helped inspire the national park idea, both in America and around the world. Today, many countries are establishing parks and protected areas to preserve beautiful landscapes, as well as the rare plants and animals that thrive in these natural environments. Parks around the world look to Yosemite as a powerful example of leadership in park management, preserving natural and cultural resources, and cultivating a special and memorable visitor experience.

Your support in 2015 helped Yosemite forge productive and collaborative relationships with parks around the world. Through technical exchanges, Yosemite rangers helped teach peers at Malaysia’s Kinabalu National Park about mapping rock fall hazards, and shared expert trail-building tips as they helped construct a suspension bridge at Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. 

By the end of 2015, Yosemite had hosted delegations from nine different countries, and added five new “sister parks”: one in Germany, and four in Mongolia. Activities throughout the year helped Yosemite rangers and their global peers share ideas and experiences related to protecting and managing public lands, including ways to improve visitor experiences, protect wildlife and implement sustainable practices.

Your support helped Yosemite connect with the global park community and inspire stewardship across many continents.

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park.

Mike Gauthier

Chief of Staff

Project Notes

The stewardship of Yosemite inspires the world. We are recognized as a leader in the international conservation community. Our International Affairs program maintains collaborative relationships with parks and protected areas around the world, contributing to enhanced protected area management on a global scale.