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Welcome to Field Notes!

Welcome to Field Notes!

A hiker in Cathedral Meadow captures the adventurous spirit of Yosemite Conservancy's new blog: Field Notes.

You know the feeling of setting out for a hike on a new trail, one you’ve seen on a map or signpost and have always wanted to explore? It’s exciting and fresh and full of possibility, and it all starts with lacing up your boots and taking a first step.

This blog – Field Notes – is our new trail. And today, we’re taking our first step on what we hope will be an enlightening, fun and sometimes surprising exploration of Yosemite National Park. Thanks for joining us on the journey!

With any adventure, it’s good to scope out the terrain before you dive in. So here’s what you can expect from this blog: Field Notes will give you an insider’s look at Yosemite. Come here to learn about and celebrate the 748,036 acres of forests, meadows, rivers and rock that the Conservancy, our donors and our partners in the park are dedicated to preserving and protecting.

Through the stories, photos and videos we post on Field Notes, you’ll be able to:

  • Meet the people behind the park, from rangers and researchers to Conservancy staff and volunteers, visitors, photographers and more.
  • Get on-the-ground updates about the projects our donors fund in Yosemite, such as efforts to protect wildlife, restore trails and habitat, and inspire the next generation of park stewards.
  • Discover fascinating facts about Yosemite’s landscape – and the plants, animals and, yes, people that live in the park.
  • Find tips on places and activities to explore in every corner of Yosemite, with insider advice on where to hike, camp, see wildflowers or watch the sunset.
  • Time-travel through Yosemite’s history with stories about the people, ideas and natural forces that have shaped the park.

No matter how many times you study a map or read a guidebook when you’re hiking, you never know exactly what’s around the next turn – a vista might open up, a bright bloom might catch your eye, an otherwise unremarkable rock might turn out to be the perfect picnic spot. In that same spontaneous spirit, we welcome your ideas for what you’d like to learn about through Field Notes.

Are you curious about a particular part of the park? Wish you could hear from a certain Yosemite expert or adventurer? Have a funny trail tale or photos from your first Yosemite experience? Share your questions, ideas and stories with us on Facebook or at

In the meantime, we can’t wait to get started. Check back this week to join us on a songbird safari in honor of Great Outdoors Month and read memories from our magazine readers about Yosemite in the 1950s. This summer, we’ll also take a look at the project to restore Mariposa Grove, introduce you to the Conservancy’s dedicated volunteers and much more.

Let’s explore! 


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