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 Yosemite archeology crew (including two interns from American Indian tribes) take a break from their dig to show off smiles in the Yosemite backcountry. Photo: Courtesy of NPS

Human stories are woven deep into Yosemite's tapestry of natural wonders. From the Valley to the high country, artifacts from thousands of years ago hold clues to the lives lived among the lakes, meadows and forests. In 2017, two archeology interns helped sift back through layers of time to learn about and protect that past.

A (fake) flamingo in the Merced River in Yosemite Valley - we're kidding about this, but not about Yosemite's efforts to build relationships with parks around the globe!

Thanks to a new wildlife exchange initiative among Yosemite and its sister parks, you might soon see flamingos in the Merced, zebras grazing in the Valley, and gazelles bounding across high country meadows.

.... just kidding. But Yosemite is working hard to build relationships with parks around the world, thanks to your support!

"Last Light on the Cathedral," a watercolor painting of Cathedral Rocks by Frank Eber, one of the guest artist instructors at the Yosemite Art Center.

This week, we celebrated the first day of spring; next week, we celebrate the first day of our 2017 Art Center season! Get to know our first volunteer instructor of the year, Frank Eber, and get inspired to paint (or dye, or doodle, or mosaic) your own Yosemite masterpiece.

A Yosemite Art Center participant enjoys a plein air painting session on the banks of the Merced River in Yosemite Valley. Credit: Yosemite Conservancy

Head to the Yosemite Art Center to help us celebrate another successful season! Read on to find out about our autumn workshops, our annual contest and employee art show, a year-end sale, and more.