Special-Interest Programs

Join an art workshop to capture Yosemite’s beautiful scenery.

Do you have a specific interest or hobby you’d like to explore while taking in the beauty of Yosemite?  Enjoy a bird walk with a Sierra Nevada bird specialist or capture your Yosemite views on canvas in a personalized art adventure.

Whatever your interest, we have the experts to guide you on an unforgettable Yosemite experience.  Full-day or half-day programs are available. Choose from one of our suggested itineraries below, or contact us for more options at adventures@yosemiteconservancy.org, or 209-379-2317 x10.

For all trips, you’ll choose a time to meet your Yosemite Conservancy naturalist-guide at a convenient location near lodging. You’ll be responsible for your own food, so bring a daypack with lunch and water.



Yosemite hosts a stunning array of songbirds and raptors to thrill beginner and advanced birders alike.

  • Explore the best spots in Yosemite Valley for birdlife,  
  • Drive out of Yosemite Valley, with a quick stop to admire  El Capitan
  • Continue to Foresta for a birding tour in one of Yosemite’s popular birding areas (30 minute drive from Yosemite Valley).
  • If time permits, drive to either the Wawona or Tuolumne groves of giant sequoias. (20 minutes from Foresta)


Art workshops

Join a professional artist to capture Yosemite’s beautiful scenery, with personalized tips to help you create a unique Yosemite memory.

  • All levels of skill and experience welcome
  • Work in your favorite medium to unlock the secrets of plein air art: watercolor, acrylic, oil, or other
  • Learn about Yosemite’s natural and human history as you capture the park’s beauty on canvas.
  • Immerse in your favorite scenery as you create your masterpiece, with workshops offered in classic locations such asYosemite Valley, Glacier Point, Tuolumne Meadows and the giant sequoia groves.



One-day programs (up to 8 hours)

Half-day programs (up to 4 hours)

1-4 people



5-12 people

$100/person with a maximum of $800

$50/person with a maximum of $600

12+ people