Dine and Discover: Spring Feathers and Flowers

During a weekend of guided hikes in Yosemite, visitors get an up-close look at spring life in the park, including wildflowers in bloom, on a Yosemite Conservancy Outdoor Adventure.
May 5, 2017 to May 7, 2017

Springtime in Yosemite means songbirds and spectacular wildflowers. Kick off this weekend of birding and botany by enjoying evening hors d’oeuvres al fresco (buffet-style) in Foresta while learning about owls with a Yosemite wildlife expert. Spend the next two days with naturalist guide Michael Ross, who will introduce you to the park’s remarkable spring sights and sounds. During gentle guided day hikes in Yosemite Valley, you’ll discover a variety of late-season blooms and observe resident and migratory bird species — you might even spot some fluffy fledglings!

Included with your registration:

  • An evening presentation with food and refreshments (Friday, May 5, starting at 5 pm) and two full days of guided hikes in Yosemite Valley (Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7; hikes start at 8 am each day and last about six to eight hours) 
  • Park entry (as needed)
  • Three nights of camping (as needed, May 5, 6 and 7) at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley
  • 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.

For a preview of the springtime wonders on display, watch Yosemite Nature Notes: Wildflowers.   



Interested in our Dine and Discover programs?  Here are our options:

April 21–April 22   Sierra Tree Mortality — Death of the Ponderosa Pine
May 5–May 7   Spring Feathers and Flowers
June 2–June 3   Geology Underfoot with Greg Stock
Aug. 6   Full Moon Hike to Taft Point
Sept. 15–Sept. 17   Exploring Yosemite Wildlife
Sept. 29–Oct. 1   American Indian Food Preparation and Acorns
Oct 6   Full Moon Hike to Taft Point


Experience Level: Any
Hiking: Easy; no more than four miles per day
Elevation: 4,000 feet 
Registration price: $229
Naturalist Guide: Michael Ross and Jon Paul Salonen, Yosemite Wildlife Biologist Stephanie Eyes
Micheal Elsohn Ross, Yosemite Conservancy expert guide

Michael Elsohn Ross

Michael Elsohn Ross has led Outdoor and Custom Adventures for Yosemite Conservancy since 1977. He is the award-winning author of 42 books for young people including “Baby Bear Isn't Hungry”, “The Happy Camper Handbook”, “The World of Small”, and “Snug as a Bug”. He teaches children’s book writing workshops and is a popular speaker at schools and conferences around the world. Michael is passionate about sharing Yosemite’s diversity to newcomers and long-time park enthusiasts. He lives with his family near the park in a home overlooking the Merced River.

Stephanie Eyes, Yosemite Wildlife Biologist

Stephanie Eyes

Stephanie Eyes is a wildlife biologist in Yosemite, overseeing the park's owl- and carnivore-monitoring programs. She has been a National Park Service employee since 2014 and previously worked in Yosemite for the US Geological Survey. Eyes received her M.S. degree from Humboldt State University studying the effects of fire severity on Yosemite’s spotted owls. While finishing her Master’s, Stephanie worked for the US Forest Service monitoring the Pacific fisher population south of the park. Her previous experience includes monitoring reintroduced bald eagles at Channel Islands National Park and observing migrating raptors in southwestern Wyoming.