Dine and Discover: Sierra Tree Mortality — Death of the Ponderosa Pine
Conifer trees are a classic sight in Yosemite and the surrounding Sierra Nevada. In recent years, however, the park’s forests have transformed due to destruction caused by the western pine beetle, a native insect that thrives in drought conditions. Curious about the causes and consequences of the changing forest landscape? Join us in Yosemite Valley for a Friday evening presentation, complete with a buffet meal. Spend Saturday learning from park ecology and fire experts, who will answer your questions about beetle biology, the future of Yosemite’s pine forests and more.
Included with your registration:
- An evening presentation with food and refreshments (Friday, April 21, starting at 5 pm) and a guided hike in Yosemite Valley (Saturday, April 22, starting at 9 am and lasting about eight hours)
- Park entry (as needed)
- Two nights of camping (as needed, April 21 and April 22) 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