Yosemite Association Announces Exciting Roster of Winter Outdoor Adventures for 2009
Every weekend, affordable, interactive and fun-based learning experiences appeal to all interests in the winter wonderland of Yosemite National Park. Guided naturalist hikes on snowshoes, a winter ecology program at the cozy Ostrander Hut, assisting rangers with a snow survey, two winter photography courses, and a series of moonlight snowshoe programs are just a sampling of the wide range of affordable learning adventures offered by the acclaimed non-profit organization, Yosemite Association (YA) at the start of 2009.
A total of 16 field courses designed to appeal to a range of ages, interests and abilities are outlined in YA’s newly published January-March 2009 Outdoor Adventures catalog. Held in the spectacular setting of Yosemite National Park, the 1- to 3-day programs address a diverse range of subjects including photography, geology, animal tracks, cultural history, outdoor skills, astronomy and botany. The winter 2009 Outdoor Adventures catalog is free and available online at www.yosemite.org or by calling (209) 379-2321.
YA expects continued growth in custom guided trips offered to groups and organizations, tailored toward their specific interests. "If the dates for certain courses don’t fit with busy schedules or if a specific topic is appealing, we can customize a course exactly to your needs," said Pete Devine, YA Education Coordinator. "This naturalist service is ideal for all types of groups, from friends and family reunions, to wedding parties or company meetings."
For this winter, several new field seminars are introduced as a supplement to programming repeated based on past popular appeal. Notable new offerings include:
Later in 2009, YA will also offer:
Yosemite Outdoor Adventure participants do not have to be a member of Yosemite Association to attend field courses. However, those who wish to become a steward of Yosemite can join the Yosemite Association with memberships starting at $35 per year. Membership benefits include discounted room rates in and around Yosemite, a 15% discount on all outdoor adventures, subscription to Yosemite, the quarterly journal of the association, 15% discount on all books, maps, posters and calendars, and regular email newsletters.
For further information contact Pete Devine or Yosemite Association Public Information 209/379-2321
Did You Know?
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.