The Yosemite Conservancy blog. An insider's look at what's happening in the park — and how our donors are making a difference.

Field Notes

The Yosemite Conservancy blog.
An insider's look at what's happening in the park — and how our donors are making a difference.

The view from Olmsted Point, one of the locations where Yosemite Conservancy's monthlong volunteers serve as Visitor Information Assistants. Photo: Claire Meyler.

Judy Johnson started volunteering in Yosemite in the early 1990s. A quarter-century later, she's gained experience in habitat and trail restoration (in all kinds of weather), and has helped visitors from all over the world. Here are a few of her stories from the field — we hope they inspire you to give back by giving your time, too!

"Last Light on the Cathedral," a watercolor painting of Cathedral Rocks by Frank Eber, one of the guest artist instructors at the Yosemite Art Center.

This week, we celebrated the first day of spring; next week, we celebrate the first day of our 2017 Art Center season! Get to know our first volunteer instructor of the year, Frank Eber, and get inspired to paint (or dye, or doodle, or mosaic) your own Yosemite masterpiece.

Our monthly recap from Yosemite! In February, we watched the snow level rise on our High Sierra cam (and on the state data charts), got a glimpse at the work underway near Mariposa Grove, learned about a square-toed species dwelling at the base of Bridalveil Fall, and more.

In February, we watched the snow level rise on our High Sierra cam (and on the state data charts), got a glimpse at the work underway near Mariposa Grove, learned about a square-toed species dwelling at the base of Bridalveil Fall, and more.

John Muir included a hike over the top of El Capitan and Ribbon Fall in one of his "one day" Yosemite itineraries published in The Yosemite (1912). Photo: Yosemite Conservancy

How would you spend a day in Yosemite? Read on for ideas from park fans, our Outdoor Adventure team, and the quintessential Sierra adventurer, John Muir.