Please note that while Yosemite remains open during the federal government shutdown, services and facilities are very limited, and certain areas of the park are closed. For more information, please refer to the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior: visit www.nps.gov/yose and www.doi.gov/shutdown.

As the impact of the government shutdown continues to be felt, Yosemite Conservancy remains committed to supporting Yosemite National Park.

Click here for more information on the availability of Yosemite Conservancy programs and services during the shutdown.

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

Visitors enjoy an evening walk on a boardwalk in Yosemite Valley, as the dusk falls on Sentinel Rock. Photo: Yosemite Conservancy/Keith Walklet

Boardwalks don't just keep our boots dry — they also help protect sensitive habitat. Take a tour of some of the boardwalks our donors have helped fund in Yosemite over the years.

A Yosemite trail crew at work in the high country. Photo: Steve Lynds

See what it's like to spend a day in the boots of Yosemite's talented trail crews.

Yosemite Conservancy donors have supported several grants to restore Lyell Canyon and relocate sections of the Pacific Crest/John Muir Trail. Photo: Courtesy of NPS

Did you know that one of the first designated "national trails" in the U.S. runs through Yosemite? With the National Trails System turning 50 this year, we're taking a look at how our donors are supporting the long-term health of that trail — and the habitat that surrounds it.

April snow frosted Yosemite's trees and granite. The view above was captured in the middle of the month near Turtleback Dome; the gray line snaking through the trees is Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy. 120). Photo: Carolyn Botell

A monthly recap of what we saw, heard and did in Yosemite. Here's what happened in April...