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.

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.
Parks in Focus participants pull invasive plants from a meadow in Yosemite Valley, with help from their trip leader and a Yosemite Leadership Program intern. Photo: © Yosemite Conservancy/Ryan Kelly

From fourth-graders and middle-schoolers to college students and young alums, youth programs in Yosemite are helping new generations put down roots in the natural world.

Yosemite Leadership Program intern Lora Spielman enjoys the snow on the rim of Yosemite Valley at the end of May. She's spending the summer in the park as an intern at the Yosemite Art Center, where she teaches kids' art classes. Photo: Courtesy of Lora Spielman.
After finishing up her senior year at UC Merced, Lora Spielman took a big leap outside her usual day-to-day: She jumped into an internship in Yosemite National Park, teaching children's classes at the Art Center.