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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A wooden sign points toward Glacier Point, where Yosemite visitors will find incredible views of Half Dome, Yosemite Valley and the high country. Photo: Pixabay

What makes Yosemite so special? What's at the heart of this treasured place? To find the answer, you don't have to trek to a specific latitude and longitude. You'll find it everywhere you look: in granite peaks and glimmering lakes, in birds flying among ancient trees, and in thousands of years of human history.  Join us for a journey through some of the projects our donors have funded that help preserve the heart of the park.

In 2018, your gifts will help fund efforts in Yosemite to take care of popular rock-climbing areas, study and protect vulnerable wildlife, continue a long-running mounted patrol program, repair and build trails, and much more.

We rung in the new year with a fresh crop of grants for Yosemite National Park. In 2018, your gifts will help fund new trails, cutting-edge research, inspiring educational programs, and much more. Take a peek at the year ahead!

Yosemite Climber Steward Chris Gay on a climbing patrol of On the Lamb in Tuolumne Meadows (a climbing route on Lamb Dome). Photo: NPS/Kyle Queener
Yosemite's Climber Stewards are just that - climbers and stewards! To learn more about these talented volunteers who dedicate their time to the vertical environment, we checked in with Chris, a member of the 2017 steward crew.
Yosemite Conservancy Wilderness staff take a look at the relief map in the Yosemite Wilderness Center. Photo: © Yosemite Conservancy/Keith Walklet

When "Wilderness" is in your job title, you're probably not working a typical 9-to-5. Meet Mark, a former California Conservation Corps member who spends his days helping hikers bound for the backcountry.