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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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.)

Volunteers from Capital Group, a longtime Yosemite Conservancy funder, work on a restoration project in Tuolumne Meadows. Photo: Yosemite Conservancy

We're showing some love to our amazing volunteers this Valentine's Day! This month on the blog, we're highlighting stories about, and from, people who donate their time to help Yosemite. Read on and get inspired to give back.

A volunteer from Capital Group helps remove social trails and invasive plants during a Conservancy Work Weekend in September. Photo credit: Steven Matros.

Want to lend a hand as a volunteer in Yosemite? No matter how much time you have to give — a day, a week, a season — every moment makes a difference for the park. 

Half Dome, shrouded in clouds on an autumn day. Photo by Carolyn Botell
Our team spends a lot of time out and about in the park, for projects, programs and personal adventures ... and sometimes we bring our cameras (or smartphones) along. We're sharing a few of our photos from this year, and hope they remind you of your own Yosemite experiences, inspire future adventures, or both!