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

Hiking in the Sierra Nevada high country, on the quest to locate Yosemite boundary signs. Photo: Beth Ogilvie and Susan Straghalis

On a September day in 2006, two hikers stood at Virginia Pass and contemplated a weathered metal sign: "Entering Yosemite Wilderness." How many more such markers waited quietly on remote passes and peaks along Yosemite's edges? And how many could they find? From that simple question, a quest was born: to "bag" the park's boundary signs.

Thank you for supporting Yosemite!

From restoring habitat and trails in the high country, to empowering kids to connect with nature and helping scientists conduct important research, your support makes a difference all over Yosemite. Thank you, from all of us, for doing your part to help your park!

Sunrise at Glacier Point. Photo: Sara Jones

What motivates you to get outside? With Thanksgiving coming up this week, REI is continuing an annual tradition of "opting outside" on Black Friday. We came up with a few reasons to maximize moments outdoors, and hope they'll inspire you to spend some quality time in Yosemite or your local park!

A Yosemite field research crew skis up Rock Island Pass in the park's remote northern wilderness during a seven-day trip to support research on a rare red fox. Photo: © Ryan Kelly

Science doesn't stop when the snow starts falling. Follow our project coordinator to the northern Yosemite Wilderness to see what it's like to be part of a field research crew during a Sierra Nevada winter!