Yosemite National Park Volunteers Recognized at the First Annual Yosemite Volunteer Awards Ceremony
The first annual Yosemite Volunteer Awards ceremony took place in September of this year. The ceremony was held to recognize outstanding volunteers who have donated their time, talent, and skills to help improve park facilities. Yosemite National Park volunteers repaired trails, removed invasive plants, helped visitors during their visits, curated museum artifacts, educated hikers on backcountry ethics, researched wildlife, performed clerical work, and participated in search and rescue efforts.
Youth Group Volunteers:
Supervisor of Volunteers:
Suzy Hasty came to the Yosemite Conservancy as the Volunteer Coordinator for the former Yosemite Association in 2009. In 2010 as the Yosemite Association and Yosemite Fund merged, Suzy's program expanded, making her the Volunteer Program Manager. Her leadership of the Month-Long, Work-Week, and Corporate Volunteer Programs has lead to a stronger program with well-trained and dedicated volunteers.
The Yosemite Conservancy is Yosemite National Park's primary non-profit partner. The Yosemite Conservancy's month-long volunteer program provides visitor information assistants in Wawona, Tuolumne Meadows, and Yosemite Valley from May through September. The Work Week Program, also supported by DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., brings up to 15 volunteers to the park for 6 week-long projects. These projects include repairing trails, restoring meadows, and repairing the High Sierra Camps. The Corporate Program brings employees of corporations to the park to work on projects which their companies have funded, such as: meadow restoration and asphalt removal. All of the Yosemite Conservancy’s programs are operated in close partnership with several divisions of the with Yosemite National Park to provide benefit to park resources and park visitors.
John Stannard has been supporting the Yosemite Climbing Association's annual Facelift event for seven years. He has provided essential planning and preparation assistance throughout all of the planning stages of the Yosemite Facelift.
Special Award Presentation of Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award (for 4,000+ hours):
The Presidential Service Lifetime Achievement Awards are presented to volunteers who have accumulated over 4,000 hours of service. Each recipient received a letter of commendation from President Barack Obama, a certificate of achievement, and a Lifetime Service pin. This year, five volunteers were given this award during the Yosemite Volunteer Awards ceremony:
Did You Know?
When it opened to the public on May 29, 1926, the Yosemite Museum became the first museum building in the national park system, and its educational objectives served as a model for parks nationwide. It still functions much as it was originally intended, and currently exhibits items which mainly reflect the Native occupation of Yosemite Valley and its surroundings. When in the park, you can visit with one of three cultural demonstrators who primarily staff the Museum.