Restoring the Boulder Garden at Happy Isles

Visitors embarking on Yosemite’s iconic hikes to Half Dome, Nevada Fall or Vernal Fall on the John Muir Trail begin their journey through a boulder garden draped in dark green mosses. Unfortunately, the first half mile has been repeatedly vandalized with etchings of initials, words and symbols into the mosses, exposing the bare granite underneath.

This project improved the visitor experience by restoring the boulder garden and allowing hikers to experience a more natural, undisturbed wilderness setting. Student groups helped identify techniques to encourage moss growth. This provided an opportunity for youth to learn about protecting natural resources. Temporary informational signs were installed to discourage future vandals, and informative fact sheets were created.

With your help, we were able to increase wilderness value for visitors and restore beautiful moss and lichen communities.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park and NatureBridge.

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Project Notes

While NatureBridge students were working on the project, a visitor stopped, watched and remarked, ‘It’s like you are restoring my church. Thank goodness for people like you.’

Garrett Dickman
Biologist
Yosemite National Park