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Peter Bartelme, Yosemite Conservancy, 415-664-1503, pb@prstrategies.com
Jennifer Miller, Yosemite Conservancy, 415-434-1782, jmiller@yosemiteconservancy.org


Press Releases 2014

New Yosemite Theater Performances and Art Workshops Unveiled by Yosemite Conservancy Celebrate Park History and Grandeur

Yosemite Conservancy announced an exciting line-up for the Yosemite Theater 2014 season celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act as well as a host of new art workshops to inspire visitors to create memories of the park's iconic landscape, wildlife and people.

Exploring Yosemite’s Secret Spots Among Unique Line-Up of New Yosemite Conservancy Outdoor Adventures for 2014

Trekking to one of Yosemite National Park’s secret spots on the summer solstice, exploring areas within the park affected by last year’s Rim Fire, and photographing rainbows at night created by waterfalls are among the nearly 50 Outdoor Adventures for 2014 unveiled by Yosemite Conservancy.

Yosemite Conservancy Names New General Manager of Yosemite Operations

Yosemite National Park, January 23, 2014 — Yosemite Conservancy has named Adonia Ripple, a dedicated conservationist whose career protecting and improving wildlands began nearly two decades ago in the park, as its new General Manager of Yosemite Operations.


Press Releases 2013

Lottery Registration Now Open for Restored Ostrander Ski Hut in Yosemite

San Francisco, Calif., Oct. 29, 2013 - With the winter season approaching, and Yosemite National Park now open to the public after the recent government closure, Yosemite Conservancy announced today that it is accepting lottery registration forms for the 2013-2014 season at the newly restored Ostrander Ski Hut, the cherished rustic stone cabin used by intrepid skiers and snowshoers who make the 10-mile journey from the park’s Badger Pass Ski Area to Ostrander Lake.

2013 RAISE Winners Announced Seven Extraordinary Stroke Efforts Recognized

San Francisco, Calif., Oct. 25, 2013-National Stroke Association announces the recipients of its Third Annual Raising Awareness In Stroke Excellence (RAISE) Awards. Winners were judged on their creativity, impact on the community and commitment to stroke awareness.

Yosemite Conservancy Establishes Yosemite Fire Restoration Fund

San Francisco, Calif., Aug. 29, 2013 - Yosemite Conservancy announced today that it has established a special fund to help restore trails, facilities and natural habitat in Yosemite National Park damaged by the Rim Fire that has burned more than 190,000 acres so far in portions of the park and the surrounding forests and communities.

Life Changing Youth Programs in Yosemite Receive $1.8 Million

Yosemite National Park, Aug. 15, 2013 – Yosemite Conservancy is contributing $1.8 million to 12 Youth in Yosemite programs so that young children learn about nature through the Junior Ranger program, underserved high school students experience the wilderness for the first time, and college interns work side-by-side with park staff to repair trails and preserve habitat.

Sharing Traditions Exhibit in Yosemite Showcases 80 Years of Native Basketry Demonstrators and Art

Yosemite National Park, June4, 2013 - A 36 inch-wide basket that took three years to hand weave, restored film footage of American Indian history in the 1920s and an oral history of native cultural demonstrators are among the items showcased in Sharing Traditions.

Yosemite Conservancy Announces New Outdoor Art Workshops and Live Theater Performances for 2013 in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park, April 4, 2013 - New outdoor art workshops and captivating live theater performances add to the richness and drama of a visit to spectactular Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite Conservancy Announces an Exciting Line-Up of Outdoor Adventures for 2013 to Explore Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park, March 5, 2013 – Yosemite Conservancy unveiled an exciting line-up of Outdoor Adventures for 2013 that give visitors a rare opportunity to experience Yosemite National Park’s glorious backcountry, wilderness, geology, art and culture in small groups led by renowned experts.

Press Releases 2012

Lottery Registration Now Open for Yosemite's Ostrander Ski Hut

Yosemite National Park - November 1, 2012 - Yosemite Conservancy is accepting lottery registration forms for the 2012-2013 season at Ostrander Ski Hut, a popular overnight destination for those making the stunning 10-mile trek from Badger Pass Ski Area to Ostrander Lake in Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite Conservancy Expands Fundraising Capability With Three Major Appointments

San Francisco- October 11, 2012 – Yosemite Conservancy, the only philanthropic organization dedicated exclusively to the protection and preservation of Yosemite National Park and enhancement of the visitor experience, today announced three major appointments that will expand its fundraising capability and expertise.

Yosemite Conservancy to Fund Youth Programs with $1.3 Million

Yosemite National Park-August 14, 2012- An innovative program that inspires underserved children to care for the outdoors using photography as a teaching tool and another that encourages teenagers to seek careers as environmental stewards though hands-on internships are among nine new and established Youth in Yosemite programs that will benefit from $1.3 million provided by Yosemite Conservancy.

Tenaya Lake Area in Yosemite the Focus of Major Restoration Work

Yosemite National Park-June 18, 2012- Yosemite's Tenaya Lake, once called the "Lake of Shining Rocks," will sparkle even more brightly following major restoration efforts this summer to its east beach and surrounding wetlands and trails with funding provided by Yosemite Conservancy.

Yosemite Conservancy Unveils New Summer Art and Theater Programs For All Ages in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park- June 5, 2012 – Yosemite Conservancy has unveiled an exciting summer line up of new art and theater programs for all ages in Yosemite National Park.

New Yosemite Falls Webcam Provides a Spectacular View of North America's Highest Waterfall

Yosemite National Park - May 14, 2012

The majesty of Yosemite Falls, North America’s highest waterfall, can now be viewed on Yosemite Conservancy's website thanks to a new webcam. The nonprofit organization is connecting people to Yosemite National Park using webcams and a variety of technologies.

Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Yosemite and Yosemite Conservancy Announce Additional Dates for the New “Yosemite Insider Experience” Package

Yosemite National Park - April 27, 2012

Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, authorized concessioner for Yosemite National Park, and Yosemite Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of Yosemite, are pleased to offer additional dates for the new “Yosemite Insider Experience” package for park visitors.

John Muir Descendent to Retrace Yosemite Valley Hike As One of Yosemite Conservancy’s Outdoor Adventures for 2012

Yosemite National Park, Feb. 28, 2012

Imagine strolling through Yosemite Valley some 140 years ago with naturalist John Muir listening to his poetic descriptions of Half Dome and learning about his legendary adventures. As one of Yosemite Conservancy’s unique Outdoor Adventures in 2012, visitors to Yosemite National Park can take a step back in time by retracing Muir’s steps with his great-great grandson Robert Hanna and Muir actor Frank Helling. The four-mile hike this April will explore where Muir lived and worked in Yosemite Valley, and his favorite spots and discoveries.

Delaware North Companies Park & Resorts at Yosemite and Yosemite Conservancy Announce “Lodging and Learning” Package

Yosemite National Park, Feb. 10, 2012

Yosemite National Park concessioner Delaware North Companies (DNC) Parks & Resorts is pleased to partner with Yosemite Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of Yosemite National Park, to provide a “Lodging and Learning” package for Yosemite National Park visitors.

Press Releases 2011

Lottery Space at Historic Ostrander Ski Hut in Yosemite National Park Ends Nov. 16

Yosemite National Park, Nov. 10, 2011

Yosemite Conservancy is accepting lottery registration forms for the 2012 season at Ostrander Ski Hut, a popular overnight destination for those making the stunning 10-mile trek from Badger Pass Ski Area to Ostrander Lake in Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite Conservancy Provides $9.3 Million in Support to Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park, Oct. 3, 2011

Yosemite Conservancy provided $9.3 million in support to Yosemite National Park during the last year to fund projects and programs ranging from trail restoration and wildlife protection to art, youth, and educational programming.

Campaign Improves Popular Trails in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park, Sept. 7, 2011

Yosemite Conservancy and the National Park Service today celebrated the completion of a $13.5 million campaign to restore popular hiking trails in Yosemite National Park from Yosemite Valley to the rugged backcountry of the High Sierra.

Yosemite’s Historic Wawona Hotel Fountains Spring to Life

Yosemite National Park, Aug. 24, 2011

With its white wooden buildings, verandas and sprawling green lawns, Yosemite’s Wawona Hotel cradles its visitors in Victorian elegance. Two signature features of this National Landmark — the stone fountain in front of the hotel and a fountain at the entrance to the adjacent Thomas Hill Studio — have again sprung to life after major rehabilitation projects.

Yosemite’s Tenaya Lake Area to Get Major Makeover

Yosemite National Park, June 14, 2011

The first phase of a major makeover at Tenaya Lake, one of Yosemite National Park’s most popular summer destinations, will restore wetlands and improve beach access with funding by Yosemite Conservancy.

Art and Theater Programs in Yosemite National Park a Popular Draw

Yosemite National Park, May 12, 2011

Yosemite has inspired artists and performers for generations. This movement continues today with programs in Yosemite Valley that teach visitors how to create their own masterpieces and learn about the park through theater shows that bring to life its history, people and landscapes.

Proceeds from Breathtaking 100th Anniversary Edition of John Muir’s My First Summer in the Sierra to Support Yosemite Conservancy

Yosemite National Park, April 21, 2011

Photographer Scot Miller, who brought Thoreau's Walden and Cape Cod to life, combines the seminal work of John Muir’s My First Summer in the Sierra with stunning new photography in the 100th Anniversary Illustrated Edition of this American classic. Published in collaboration with Yosemite Conservancy, a portion of the book’s sales will support the nonprofit’s work to preserve and protect Yosemite National Park and enhance the visitor experience.

Yosemite Conservancy Unveils New Outdoor Adventures in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite, Calif.,  April 5, 2011

Yosemite Conservancy announced new ways for visitors to experience Yosemite National Park through its Outdoor Adventures programs ‑ from photography courses on capturing stunning natural phenomena, family camping expeditions in the high country to hikes that explore Tuolumne Meadows birds.

Yosemite Conservancy Seeks $1.3 Million To Fund Life Changing Youth Programs in Yosemite

Yosemite, Calif., Feb. 22, 2011

To cultivate thousands of future environmental stewards, young people will learn about wildlife, experience their first wilderness overnight trip, or become accomplished in trail repair by participating in one of 11 Youth in Yosemite programs to be funded with $1.3 million by Yosemite Conservancy.

Press Releases 2010

Yosemite Conservancy Donates $5.9 Million to Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park, Oct. 4, 2010

With Giant Sequoias keeping watch nearby, Yosemite Conservancy donated $5.9 million to Yosemite National Park to preserve and protect park resources and enrich the visitor experience.

Yosemite Conservancy Connects People with Park

Merger of two celebrated nonprofits into Yosemite Conservancy launches a new era in providing for Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite National Park, June 4, 2010

Yosemite Conservancy, a nonprofit organization benefitting Yosemite National Park and its millions of visitors, was launched today with commendations by public officials, songs by local school children and cheers of people who love the park...

Yosemite Fund to Raise $1million for Youth in Yosemite

“Youth in Yosemite” Programs to Cultivate Future Park Stewards
“Amid Yosemite’s grandeur, young lives are changed”

San Francisco, March 8, 2010 – The Yosemite Fund is seeking $1 million for youth programs to cultivate future park stewards through hands-on experience in Yosemite National Park…

Major Yosemite Nonprofits to Merge

The Yosemite Fund and Yosemite Association Approve Formation of a Unified Organization Dedicated to Supporting Projects and Programs in Yosemite National Park .

San Francisco, Dec. 17, 2009 – The Yosemite Fund and Yosemite Association, two of Yosemite National Park’s major nonprofit groups, are forming a unified nonprofit that will make it even easier to support projects and programs that preserve park resources and enrich the visitor experience…

Press Releases 2009

“Moose” Honored with 2009 Yosemite Fund Award

$5.8 Million Donated to Yosemite National Park by The Yosemite Fund

Half Dome Overlook Makeover Completed in Yosemite National Park

Press Releases 2010

Historic Tunnel View Overlook Makeover Completed in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park Superintendent Named New President of the Yosemite Fund

Press Releases 2006–2007

$1.3 Million Makeover of Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Exhibit Hall Unveiled at Ceremonies

Environmental and Recreational Organizations Take Action Supporting National Park Service

The nonprofit Yosemite Fund Sponsors Adventure Program About Yosemite National Park’s Miraculous Trails

Rowell Award for The Art of Adventure

Yosemite Fund President Bob Hansen to Retire at end of 2008

Tunnel View Project underway, inaugurates National Park Service Centennial Challenge

Multimillion-Dollar Campaign Launched to Save Popular Trails in Yosemite National Park

Hundreds Celebrate Completion of Facelift to Yosemite's Dramatic Olmsted Point Overlook

$3.5 Million Donated to Yosemite National Park