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

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

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Autumn scenery at Valley View, in Yosemite National Park. Photo: Chris Rivers

Just a few of the reasons we're grateful for Yosemite – and for everyone who plays a part in protecting the park!

A Yosemite Climber Steward conducts a climbing patrol on Lamb Dome. Photo: NPS/Eric Bissell

Whether you're an avid climber, or just curious about how — and why — people scale granite walls, the grant-supported "Ask a Climber" program serves up a bevy of answers to climbing-related questions. Read a few FAQs, and check out the program in Yosemite Valley (mid-May to mid-October) to ask your own questions!

A meadow in Yosemite. Photo: Vanessa G.

See what inspires Yosemite fans to "Leave No Trace" in the park. We bet you'll end up feeling even more motivated to minimize your impact!

Longtime Yosemite Conservancy volunteer Ann Chmielewski's warm smile welcomes visitors in Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows. Photos: Courtesy of Ann Chmielewski

Longtime Yosemite Conservancy volunteer Ann Chmielewski has donated months of her time to give back to the park, and loves helping visitors connect with a place that gives her so much joy.