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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 »

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    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.

Yosemite National Park Celebrates National Park Week and Earth Day with Special Programs and Activities

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Date: April 17, 2008

President George W. Bush has proclaimed April 19-27, 2008 as National Park Week and encourages everyone to enjoy the natural wonders and inspirational history found in parks across the country.

The theme of this year's National Park Week is "Kids in Parks." About 200 parks, including Yosemite, will commemorate the 2nd Annual Junior Ranger Day on April 26, 2008 with plenty of fun-filled activities and special events, including ranger-led activities at 10 am and 2 pm, bear programs with Yosemite's wildlife staff, and fun service projects designed for kids and families.

Yosemite National Park will also celebrate Earth Day Weekend (April 19-22) with a variety of stewardship and educational activities intended to improves the visitor's understanding of the park. These include poetry walks, family programs and activities, volunteer opportunities, and special evening programs including a presentation of the EarthDance Film Festival, and much more. The Earth Day Weekend celebration is presented by Yosemite National Park and partners including DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., The Ansel Adams Gallery, the Yosemite Fund, the Yosemite Institute, and the Yosemite Association.

Visitors can call 209/372-0200 for more information on National Park Week, Junior Ranger Day, and Earth Day Weekend activities. Complete lists of activities and programs are also available at www.nps.gov/yose or at http://www.nps.gov/npweek.

Did You Know?

American black bear

Black bears in Yosemite are active both day and night. Most bears that rely on natural food sources are active during the day. However, those that get food from people are often active at night, when they can quietly sneak around and grab unattended food. More...