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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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. 

Yosemite Conservancy volunteers Margreet Fledderus (center), Mike Daley and Sandra Callan showing off their volunteer bandanas on the summit of Mount Dana. Photo courtesy of Margreet Fledderus.

Margreet Fledderus fell in love with California and the Sierra Nevada after she moved to the U.S. in the 1970s. Now, she donates her time to help other people create memorable experiences in her beloved Yosemite. 

Yosemite Conservancy volunteer Jerel Steckling takes advantage of a quiet morning to enjoy a jog in Yosemite Valley. Photo courtesy of Jerel Steckling.

Working under sequoia trees and hanging out with people who love Yosemite? Life is good for volunteers like Jerel Steckling, who has spent years doing his part to inspire new park stewards as one of our Visitor Information Assistants.

Yosemite Conservancy's volunteer program manager, Mark Marschall, poses for a photo in Chile's Torres del Paine National Park, where he served as a volunteer in 2014. Photo: Courtesy of Mark Marschall

Meet Mark Marschall, who joined our team in 2018 to manage our volunteer program. In this Q-and-A, he shares stories from his decades-long National Park Service career, reminisces about his Yosemite experiences, talks about working with our volunteers, and makes more than one reference to his favorite post-hike treat. (Spoiler alert: It's pie.)