Yosemite Conservancy offers outdoor adventures

-- NPSMarch 14, 2013 

Yosemite Conservancy unveiled a line-up of Outdoor Adventures for 2013 that give visitors a rare opportunity to experience Yosemite National Park's glorious back-country, wilderness, geology, art and culture in small groups led by renowned experts.

"Professional photographers, artists, naturalists and historians lead our Outdoor Adventures to provide visitors of all ages and wilderness experience levels with an unforgettable experience in Yosemite National Park," said Mike Tollefson, president of Yosemite Conservancy.

More than 45 Outdoor Adventures are being offered in 2013 spanning the entire park geography. Each adventure is limited to 15 participants. Proceeds from Outdoor Adventures are poured into important restoration and protection work that Yosemite Conservancy supports in the park.

This year, the conservancy added more dates for popular programs that usually sell out such as backpacking trips to Half Dome and Cloud's Rest, which Tollefson said are "perfect for first time backpackers in good shape." For less traveled routes, there is a backpacking excursion to Lyell Glacier, an exhilarating opportunity to experience a glacier in Yosemite National Park. Another hike involves viewing and learning about the park's incredible wildflowers. Photography programs with noted experts like Keith Walklet, John Senser and Dave Wyman focus on capturing Yosemite's changing seasonal splendor, rainbows captured at night known as moonbows, high country waterfalls and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

"Yosemite Conservancy's Outdoor Adventures create a deeper connection between visitors and the park, which encourages stewardship of this one-of-kind natural treasure," said Don Neubacher, Superintendent of Yosemite National Park.

Other programs include family camping and nature explorations in Tuolumne Meadows, learning about Yosemite's eleven species of woodpeckers, sketching in watercolor and learning to weave a Miwok-Paiute Indian basket. There's even a day hike in Yosemite Valley exploring where John Muir lived and worked led by Muir's great-great grandson and a Muir actor.

Custom adventures are also available for groups, families or individuals ranging from gentle one hour hikes to challenging treks. Register for an Outdoor Adventure or inquire about a customized experience at www.YosemiteConservancy.org/Adventures or (209) 379-2646 ext. 10.

Through the support of donors, Yosemite Conservancy provides grants and support to Yosemite National Park to help preserve and protect Yosemite today and for future generations. The work funded by Yosemite Conservancy is visible throughout the park, from trail rehabilitation to wildlife protection and habitat restoration. The Conservancy is dedicated to enhancing the visitor experience and providing a deeper connection to the park through outdoor programs, volunteering and wilderness services. Thanks to dedicated supporters, the Conservancy has provided more than $75 million in grants to Yosemite National Park.

Details: 1-800-469-7275, yosemiteconservancy.org.

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