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.

A volunteer from Capital Group helps remove social trails and invasive plants during a Conservancy Work Weekend in September. Photo credit: Steven Matros.

Want to lend a hand as a volunteer in Yosemite? No matter how much time you have to give — a day, a week, a season — every moment makes a difference for the park. 

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.

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.

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!