Work week volunteers work with National Park Service staff on projects throughout Yosemite. This program is sponsored cooperatively by Yosemite Conservancy, the National Park Service, and Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Yosemite.
During the 2013 season our volunteers planted California black oak seedlings, surveyed and removed invasive plants, built picnic tables, and improved campgrounds in Yosemite Valley. In the Tuolumne Meadows area, social trails were obliterated, subalpine meadows were restored, and both meadow hydrology and wildlife habitat were improved.
This challenging program requires volunteers to perform physically demanding work outdoors. The return is the satisfaction of making a positive impact in the park while enjoying Yosemite's spectacular scenery and campsite camaraderie.
Yosemite is a dynamic place with unpredictable weather and natural conditions. While work week projects are planned to accomplish specific goals, they could be modified or cancelled by the National Park Service at any time.
Teams of up to fifteen volunteers share a group camp and are provided with three hearty meals a day and a commemorative T-shirt. Participants generally work 6-8 hours, 4 days per week, with a day off mid-week.
This is a very popular and rewarding program and we receive more applicants than we can accommodate.
Work Week/Weekend Fees
There is a $200 work week fee for each participant to help cover the cost of the program. The fee for a three-day work weekend is $75 and a four-day work weekend is $125 for each participant.
If you would like to participate in this program, look for the posting of 2014 opportunities, FAQs and online registration in January. The Conservancy determines its volunteer schedule in collaboration with the National Park Service and Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts. Information will be available here once the schedule has been determined for the 2014 season.
Become a Supporter to Participate
Due to its popularity this program is restricted to current supporters of the Conservancy. Friends of Yosemite make a minimum donation of $25 to support Yosemite Conservancy’s work and receive great benefits.