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.

Yosemite Conservancy Field Notes

A historical image of a bear cub in Yosemite Valley. Photo: Courtesy of NPS (Yosemite Research Library 018112)

Five Student Conservation Association interns share insights from Yosemite's extensive historical collections, where they're working with experts to digitize and share thousands of decades-old photographs. 

Vanna Barcelos first fell in love with Yosemite while backpacking, rock-climbing, writing, and learning about the natural world during a 40-day Adventure Risk Challenge summer course. Photo: Adventure Risk Challenge

Will Fassett, associate director of Adventure Risk Challenge, shares the story of a student who found her passion for public lands through donor-supported youth programs in Yosemite.

A bald eagle perched on a branch in Yosemite. Photo: Karlton Huber

See a selection of photos from our "Watching Wildlife" contest, and get inspired to observe (and protect!) animals on your next Yosemite trip.

A young visitor works on an activity at the Happy Isles Art and Nature Center. Photo: Yosemite Conservancy/Ryan Kelly

Mesmerizing water, a lush fen, trilling songbirds ... it's hard to visit Happy Isles and not feel, well, happy. As the Conservancy's art programs coordinator, Kristin Anderson spends much of her time at that idyllic eastern Yosemite Valley destination, helping people tap into their creativity at the Happy Isles Art and Nature Center.