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  • Road Closures Due to El Portal Fire

    The Big Oak Flat Road between Crane Flat and the El Portal Road is temporarily closed. There is no access to Yosemite Valley via the Big Oak Flat Road or Highway 120. Tioga Road is open and accessible via Big Oak Flat and Tioga Pass Entrances. More »

  • Campground Closures Due to Fire

    Crane Flat, Bridalveil Creek, and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds are temporarily closed. More »

  • Yosemite National Park is Open

    Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, and Wawona/Mariposa Grove areas are open and accessible via Highways 140 and 41. Tioga Road is not accessible via Highways 140 and 41 due to a fire.

Teacher Workshops

Are you looking for teacher workshops or professional development opportunities? In this section, you will find information on workshops designed for educators or youth program managers, as well as information on professional development opportunities. If you have any questions, call the education team at 209/375-9503.

NatureBridge: provides professional development for educators covering tips and techniques not only for outdoor environmental education, but also for indoor settings. NatureBridge is a Yosemite park partner providing environmental education in Yosemite.

Robert Fore Excellence in Science Fellowship: weekend-long retreats at Sierra Nevada Research Institute's Wawona Field Station for local high schools. The curriculum is taught by UC Merced science professors and Yosemite resources management and science staff in an effort to connect state-standards-based high school science curriculum with the local Sierra Nevada ecosystems. As a result of these workshops, local teachers can be inspired by actual research is taking place in their backyards, gaining a special sense of connection to Yosemite. This inspiration can then trickle down to students as educators share these experiences in the classroom. For more information, contact the coordinator.

Did You Know?

Vernal and Nevada Falls

In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.