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.

Yosemite Conservancy Field Notes

John Muir in Yosemite, circa 1902. Credit: John Muir Papers, Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library, (c) 1984 Muir-Hanna Trust

“When I was a boy in Scotland, I was fond of everything that was wild, and all my life I've been growing fonder and fonder of wild places and wild creatures." In honor of John Muir's birthday, we're sharing some musings about (and from) the "father" of our national parks.

A historical image of a bear cub in Yosemite Valley. Photo: Courtesy of NPS (Yosemite Research Library 018112)

Five Student Conservation Association interns share insights from Yosemite's extensive historical collections, where they're working with experts to digitize and share thousands of decades-old photographs. 

Vanna Barcelos first fell in love with Yosemite while backpacking, rock-climbing, writing, and learning about the natural world during a 40-day Adventure Risk Challenge summer course. Photo: Adventure Risk Challenge

Will Fassett, associate director of Adventure Risk Challenge, shares the story of a student who found her passion for public lands through donor-supported youth programs in Yosemite.

A bald eagle perched on a branch in Yosemite. Photo: Karlton Huber

See a selection of photos from our "Watching Wildlife" contest, and get inspired to observe (and protect!) animals on your next Yosemite trip.