Gifts That Give Back

Gifts That Give Back

Yosemite Gift Guide. Photo (Bridalveil Fall in winter) by Erin Hallett.

Shopping for a Yosemite fan this holiday season? Spread extra cheer with gifts that give back! Proceeds from our products and programs support important work in Yosemite, so when you shop with us, you're making a difference for the park. We put together some ideas to help you get started.

Our virtual bookstore shelves offer topics for every taste, from history, photography and geology to memoirs and meditations. Don't miss the latest books from our long-running publishing program, including Big Walls, Swift Waters, which highlights Yosemite's Search and Rescue team (and recently won a National Outdoor Book Award); Wilder Muir, featuring John Muir's one-of-a-kind musings; and Celestial Yosemite, a photo collection showcasing the park after dark (if you can't get enough of Kristal Leonard's astrophotography, pick up her 2018 calendar). 

Your outdoorsy friends and family deserve an unforgettable experience — and that's what you get with a our guided adventures in the park, all led by Yosemite experts. Check out our schedule, which includes snowshoeing, backpacking, fly-fishing, photography and other activities, or work with our team to plan a custom trip. Whichever you choose, make sure your giftees are ready to hit the trail with travel guides and reusable water bottles, available in our stories online and in the park!

Nature is in style in every season, especially in Yosemite. Park up your favorite fashionista's closet with our shirts and hats featuring iconic scenery and beloved wildlife, or check out some of our partner companies' Conservancy-supporting initiatives, such as Wild Tribute's Yosemite Van designs, Parks Project's Yosemite-themed tees and gifts, and Sports Basement's "Basementeers" program.

Get creative with your presents: Give the gift of an art class in Yosemite Valley, where epic scenery, alluring light and ever-changing details combine in an ultimate plein air studio. We offer one- and multi-day courses in a variety of media, all taught by talented professional artists. For an extra dose of inspiration, add in Jeremy Collins' Drawn: The Art of Ascent, and our Nature Notebook, a perfect portable tool for capturing outdoor observations.

Nurture a love of nature in the next generation. It's never too early to spark an interest for exploring and stewarding places like Yosemite — stoke that enthusiasm with colorful, insightful children's books, such as So Big! Yosemite and Where's Rodney? (a 2017 Kirkus Reviews Picture Book of the Year), fun games and crafts, and a replica park ranger hat (the perfect accessory to wear while completing Junior Ranger activities). And don't miss our "Little Chickaree in the Big Trees" shirt, a bright reminder of the potential within all living things, especially the smallest among us. 

With more than 400 species of vertebrates (and countless bugs), there's no shortage of wildlife to see — and protect — in Yosemite. What better gift for an animal enthusiast than the chance to look for and learn about different species with a park expert? We've got birding walks, a backpacking trip in alpine animal terrain, and a wildlife-focused weekend on the calendar for 2018. Pair a trip with some animal-themed apparel, like our "Observe" owl shirt, or the ever-useful Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada.

Anyone who cares about Yosemite's future will appreciate a gift to preserve the park! Make a donation in honor of someone special, and let them know that the gift will help fund efforts to restore critical habitat, improve trails, protect wildlife and much more. And if you love the park, too, give Yosemite the gift of a monthly contribution — $5 a month is all it takes to join our Sequoia Society of donors who provide a reliable stream of support for this treasured place.


Explore our website for more park-themed gift ideas, including products, experiences and ways to donate — and if you're shopping for Christmas presents, please be sure to place your orders by Monday, December 11 to ensure on-time delivery. From all of us at the Conservancy, thank you for supporting Yosemite this holiday season!

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