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 black bear grazes in a meadow in Yosemite. Photo: Yosemite Conservancy/Keith Walklet

Rachel Mazur, Yosemite's branch chief of wildlife, visitor use and social science, is an accomplished ecologist, researcher and author. 

Half Dome and North Dome rise above Yosemite Valley on an early autumn day. Photo: Jennifer Franz

Curious about our Custom Adventures? Read an inspiring tale from the trails, about how a Yosemite Conservancy naturalist guide helped a hiker gain confidence and fall even more in love with the park. 

Sonia Veiga embraces opportunities for adventure and learning in her Sierra Nevada stomping grounds. Photo: Courtesy of Sonia Veiga.

Next up in our "Six Questions" series: Yosemite-based naturalist and educator Sonia Veiga.

Albert Bierstadt's "Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point Trail" (circa 1873). Public domain image, courtesy of the Yale University Art Gallery.

Yosemite has kindled the creative endeavors of countless artists — and you could be next! Even if you've never picked up a paintbrush or sketchbook, you'll find plenty of artistic inspiration (and instruction) in the park.