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 zoomed-in view of climbers on El Capitan, thanks to the "Ask a Climber" telescopes. Photo: RV Project/Spenser Tang-Smith

Over the past 12 months, we've told you about animal surveys, art in the park, and alpine adventures (for work and fun). Thanks to our donors' support, trails were restored and habitat revitalized, vulnerable species are rebounding, and thousands more young people got to connect with Yosemite. Here's our look back at just a few of the stories and stats that made 2017 memorable!

Half Dome, shrouded in clouds on an autumn day. Photo by Carolyn Botell
Our team spends a lot of time out and about in the park, for projects, programs and personal adventures ... and sometimes we bring our cameras (or smartphones) along. We're sharing a few of our photos from this year, and hope they remind you of your own Yosemite experiences, inspire future adventures, or both!
A selection of photos submitted for Yosemite Conservancy's "Yosemite Moments" contest, featuring park fans' favorite snapshots of Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls and more.
When we asked you to share your favorite Yosemite moments with us, you gave us a glimpse into the places, people and experiences in the park that have stuck with you. We're delighted to highlight a handful of those moments here, and hope they inspire all our readers to find new ways to connect with the natural world.
The title screen of "Park Champions: Yosemite National Park," a video featuring Yosemite ranger Jessica Rivas. Image courtesy of Parks Project and Compass Coalition.

Meet Jessica Rivas: Youth in Yosemite program alum, park ranger, and star of the inaugural "Park Champions" episode from Parks Project and Compass Coalition.