As demographics in many parts of America continue to change it is important that we all have the same opportunity to experience our national parks. Yosemite’s location means it is close to the Central Valley and the diverse population that lives and works there, including many Hispanics.
In 2011, Yosemite Conservancy will fund the production of a field journal for local underserved communities. This journal will allow people of all ages to begin a more personal relationship with the natural world, starting in their own back yard. This guided exploration through nature will build a bridge from their backyard, to their neighborhood park and on to Yosemite National Park.
It will be used as an important element in the parks’ Hispanic Outreach program at various community and statewide events. This project recognizes that the future of Yosemite relies on building stewards across many different communities.