Dine and Discover: Feathers, Flowers and Fire

Dine and Discover: Feathers, Flowers and Fire

During a weekend of guided hikes in Yosemite, visitors get an up-close look at spring life in the park and “fire-following” flowers in recently burned areas.
May 3, 2019 to May 5, 2019

This program has been cancelled.

Springtime in Yosemite means songbirds and spectacular wildflowers. Kick off this weekend of birding and botany by enjoying evening hors d’oeuvres al fresco in Foresta while learning from a Yosemite wildlife expert. Spend the next two days enjoying gentle day hikes in Yosemite Valley and Foresta with an expert naturalist guide. You’ll discover a variety of late-season blooms, observe resident and migratory bird species, and explore the science of fire ecology. As you look for “fire-following” flowers in recently burned areas, you’ll learn about the role of wildfire as a natural, and often beneficial, part of the Yosemite landscape.

Included with your registration:

  • An evening program Friday night, May 3, with refreshments, starting at 5 pm. Two full-day programs, Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, approximately six- to eight-hour guided hikes in Yosemite Valley, starting at 8 am each day. Ending around 3 pm on Sunday.
  • Park entry (as needed).
  • Camping included, if needed; limited sites are shared among all the participants (reservations arriving May 3 and departing May 6) at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley. We cannot adjust these dates.

Note: There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass or campsites. Information about upgrading your accommodations to stay at Yosemite Valley Lodge will be emailed to you after you sign up. The option to upgrade expires 45 days before the program.

Experience Level: Any. Participants must be physically fit.
Hiking: Moderate. 4–5 miles.
Elevation: 5,000 feet–6,000 feet (driving).
Registration Price: $229
View a suggested day hike packing list.
Dan Webster

Dan Webster

Dan's first wilderness job in California was as a forest fire fighter. He now teaches about the role played by fire in forest ecology. These days, he is a Sierra Nevada-based naturalist, birder, hiker, and father of two boys who love being outside. In addition to enjoying and interpreting the wonders of Yosemite, Dan was the director of a summer camp in Western Maine where he led wilderness trips for 23 years. Dan's motto is, "Any day in the mountains is a good day." His guided tours weave together science, wonder and joy for a deeper appreciation of nature.