In 1922, the Yosemite Natural History Association, a Conservancy predecessor, published the first issue of Yosemite Nature Notes. The last issue of that nature-focused periodical ran in 1986, but its spirit lives on in a popular online video series of the same name.

Today’s Yosemite Nature Notes are short documentaries on Yosemite-focused topics, such as frazil ice, “sky islands” and moonbows. Recent episodes have highlighted work funded by Conservancy donors, including bear management and the restoration of the park’s bighorn sheep population. Through expert commentary and stunning visual footage, the series educates and inspires millions of viewers. In 2017, your gifts funded work on four new videos: “California Grizzly” was released in July 2017, and episodes about mountain yellow-legged frogs, fire-following flowers and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias are due out in 2018.

Your gifts supported beloved video series that gives visitors a captivating look at some of the remarkable animals, plants and people that call Yosemite home.  Click “play” on the video below to see the 2017 episode on grizzlies, which explores the story of an animal driven to extinction in California in the early 1900s.


Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park and Steven Bumgardner.

Paul Ollig

Deputy Chief of Interpretation and Branch Chief of Interpretive Services

Project Notes

This series increases public understanding of Yosemite’s significant resource issues, challenges managers face in protecting those resources, and work undertaken by park staff and partners to meet those challenges. Upcoming episodes will feature bears, soundscapes and squirrels.