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

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!

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!