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Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series – 2017

Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series – 2017

The annual Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series in Tuolumne Meadows serves as a forum for the arts and sciences. Photo by Keith Walklet.

The annual Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series in Tuolumne Meadows serves as a forum for the arts and sciences, offering a wide variety of public programs, featuring writers, musicians, naturalists, historians, adventurers and other presenters.

Parsons Memorial Lodge, one of the oldest rustic stone structures in a national park, was built by the Sierra Club in 1915. The series, which has run for more than a quarter-century, honors the lodge’s founding purpose to serve as a vibrant gathering place to share powerful ideas. Through talks and presentations, the weekend series inspires visitors to explore Yosemite’s natural and cultural history, learn about efforts to preserve and protect natural resources, and gain a deeper appreciation for the park and our planet.

The 2017 summer programs featured a diverse array of speakers and activities, including conversations with authors such as Megan Mayhew Bergman (Birds of a Lesser Paradise) and Robert Moore (On Trails); outdoor yoga with Balanced Rock cofounder Heather Sullivan; a bird-themed discussion with naturalist and Yosemite Conservancy guide David Lukas; and a look at Sierra snow science with NASA’s Dr. Thomas H. Painter.

Your donation supported a long-running Yosemite program that provides visitors with opportunities to learn about the park’s past, present and future in a unique setting.

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park.

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Parsons Memorial Lodge hosts a popular arts-and-sciences forum in Yosemite’s Tuolumne Meadows.

The series is a forum for the arts and sciences, a menu of diverse and often cutting-edge offerings. These programs fulfill the lodge’s original purpose as a vibrant gathering place where ideas were exchanged—ideas that could be inspiring and life changing, ideas about how to be in this world, how to live on this Earth, ideas that matched the mountains and powerful thinking that had come before.

Margaret Eissler
Former Director of Interpretation & Education
Yosemite National Park