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.

Mount Conness (center) and high country peaks, seen from Pothole Dome in Yosemite National Park. Photo: © Yosemite Conservancy/Keith Walklet

Did you know that nearly 95% of Yosemite National Park is designated as Wilderness, with a capital "W"? Park staff and volunteers work hard to restore and protect that undeveloped landscape — and by minimizing your impact when hiking and camping, you can help!

Yosemite Leadership Program intern Lora Spielman enjoys the snow on the rim of Yosemite Valley at the end of May. She's spending the summer in the park as an intern at the Yosemite Art Center, where she teaches kids' art classes. Photo: Courtesy of Lora Spielman.
After finishing up her senior year at UC Merced, Lora Spielman took a big leap outside her usual day-to-day: She jumped into an internship in Yosemite National Park, teaching children's classes at the Art Center.
A spotted owl perched on a charred trunk in the footprint of the 2013 Rim Fire. Photo: © NPS/Jade Ujcic-Ashcroft
How do you study an animal that makes its home high above the ground? With patience, binoculars, and keen ears! See how research crews use a variety of clues to study California spotted owls in Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite Falls reflected in a wet meadow in Yosemite Valley, in June 2017. Photo: © Carolyn Botell

In June, we bid farewell to spring, saw bears in the wild and on film, celebrated our hard-working volunteers, got a glimpse of the high country hiking conditions (still snowy), and more.