Dine and Discover: Exploring Yosemite Wildlife
Yosemite is a hub for biodiversity, providing a protected home for more than 400 vertebrate species. On this wildlife-focused weekend, you’ll have the unique chance to learn from a team of National Park Service experts as you visit varied habitats to observe some of the park’s most fascinating creatures.
On Friday evening, stroll through Yosemite Valley to search for western pond turtles and California red-legged frogs, then watch the park’s bear team in action during a nighttime prowl. On Saturday, head to Ackerson Meadow, Yosemite’s newest protected area, to soak up beautiful scenery while keeping an eye out for reptiles, amphibians and mammals; as dusk falls, look for nocturnal bats and owls. End your weekend with a Sunday in one of Yosemite's magnificent giant sequoia groves, listening to the drumbeat of woodpeckers, watching for flocks of migrating songbirds, and learning about the many species that make their homes among the towering trees.
Included with your registration:
- An evening presentation with food and refreshments (Friday, Sept. 15, 4 pm–10 pm) and two full days of wildlife-focused experiences with rangers (Saturday, Sept. 16, 1 pm–10 pm in Ackerson Meadow, and Sunday, Sept. 17, 9 am–4 pm in a sequoia grove).
- Park entry (as needed)
- Three nights of camping (as needed, Sept. 15, 16 and 17) 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.
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