Please note that while Yosemite remains open during the federal government shutdown, services and facilities are very limited, and certain areas of the park are closed. For more information, please refer to the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior: visit www.nps.gov/yose and www.doi.gov/shutdown.

As the impact of the government shutdown continues to be felt, Yosemite Conservancy remains committed to supporting Yosemite National Park.

Click here for more information on the availability of Yosemite Conservancy programs and services during the shutdown.

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Two young visitors take the Junior Ranger pledge on an October day in Yosemite Valley. Photo: Yosemite Conservancy/Keith Walklet

The youth programs our donors support in Yosemite don't stop when school starts! Within and beyond the park, these programs help the next generation connect with nature in every season.

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.

The title screen of "Park Champions: Yosemite National Park," a video featuring Yosemite ranger Jessica Rivas. Image courtesy of Parks Project and Compass Coalition.

Meet Jessica Rivas: Youth in Yosemite program alum, park ranger, and star of the inaugural "Park Champions" episode from Parks Project and Compass Coalition.

Portraits of the 2017 California Conservation Corps crew members who spent a season living, working and learning on Yosemite's trails. Credit: © Yosemite Conservancy/Ryan Kelly
Thanks to Yosemite's California Conservation Corps trail restoration program, long supported by Conservancy donors, another group of 18- to 25-year-olds got to spend several months living and working in the park this year. The two CCC crews wrapped up their season in September, feeling accomplished, adventurous, and ready to take on new experiences.