Yosemite Conservancy has unveiled a compelling line-up of Outdoor Adventures for 2015 with more than 60 programs for visitors to explore the park on guided adventures with local experts involving backpacking, photography, bird watching and more.
“Yosemite Conservancy’s Outdoor Adventures provide unique ways to see, learn and experience the park, and inspire people to care for one of the world’s natural treasures,” said Frank Dean, president of Yosemite Conservancy. “Visitors to the park are discovering that some of the best things to do involve organized small group adventures.”
Expert photographers, artists, naturalists and historians lead Yosemite Conservancy’s Outdoor Adventures, which span the entire park geography and occur throughout the year. Most programs are limited to 15 participants to allow for a personalized park experience with local guides conveying stories that reveal insider knowledge of Yosemite’s secrets. There are programs for visitors of all ages and abilities. Participation in Outdoor Adventures supports the Conservancy’s work in the park to preserve and protect Yosemite for generations to come.
One of many Outdoor Adventures this year is a three-day introduction to backpacking in Yosemite’s high country that includes a moderate hike from May Lake to Mt. Hoffman, a 10,800-foot peak at the park’s geographical center. Another program gives visitors the chance to experience rarely seen alpine ecology on an overnight trip with Naturalist Michael Ross, a student of Park Ranger Carl Sharsmith, the longest-serving naturalist-ranger in National Park Service history. There’s even a program for grown-ups to relive childhood memories during a relaxed, adults-only camping holiday where meals are cooked, dishes are done, and hikes are organized at Tuolumne Meadows.
Outdoor Adventures offer something for everyone. There are photography workshops, guided hikes exploring Yosemite’s waterfalls, and guided gentle walks discovering Yosemite Valley’s birds and wildflowers. Visitors also can participate in workshops involving traditional Miwok-Paiute basket weaving or a family-friendly scavenger hunt that teaches wilderness survival techniques.
“Yosemite Conservancy is dedicated to enhancing the visitor experience through programs like Outdoor Adventures so you can make the most of your time in Yosemite,” said Dean. “Outdoor Adventures provide a rare opportunity to explore Yosemite with local experts who inspire deep connections to the park and memories that last a lifetime.”
Custom Adventures are also available for groups, families or individuals ranging from easy one-hour hikes to challenging treks. Register for an Outdoor Adventure or inquire about a customized experience at www.yosemiteconservancy.org/outdoor-adventures or 209-379-2317 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. Work funded by the Conservancy is visible throughout the park, in trail rehabilitation, wildlife protection and habitat restoration. The Conservancy is also dedicated to enhancing the visitor experience and providing a deeper connection to the park through outdoor programs, volunteering, wilderness services and its bookstores. Thanks to dedicated supporters, the Conservancy has provided more than $92 million in grants to Yosemite National Park. Learn more at yosemiteconservancy.org or call 1-800-469-7275.