• Rainbow over Half Dome


    National Park California

Special Programs

View our weekly special, children, and evening program listings for additional programs.


Parsons Memorial Lodge

Tuolumne Meadows

Schedule [300 kb PDF]
Poetry festival [141 kb PDF]


Yosemite Forum

Yosemite Valley

An interactive lecture series designed to bring evolving knowledge of the Sierra Nevada to the public and the park. Sponsored by the Yosemite National Park Division of Resources Management and Science.

11th Annual Yosemite Facelift: September 2014

Volunteer to help clean up Yosemite! Join the National Park Service and the Yosemite Climbing Association for this official National Public Lands Day event, picking up litter and performing special projects to clean up Yosemite after a busy summer. All volunteers must register on site to participate (no advance registration), and should wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, and be prepared for the weather. For more information contact 209/379-1850 or email us.

Volunteers working in a meadow
Join the Weekly Volunteer Drop-In Program!

Yosemite Valley

The drop-in volunteer program happens every Wednesday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Meet a ranger at 9 am in front of the Valley Visitor Center for a three-hour project. Whether it’s your first time to the park or you are a returning visitor, come create new memories and take an active role in protecting your national park.

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Stars Over Yosemite

Glacier Point

During summer, amateur astronomy clubs host star parties at Glacier Point Amphitheater in cooperation with the National Park Service.

June 20-21: Sonoma County Astronomical Society (S.C.A.S.)
June 27-28: Tri-Valley Stargazers
July 18-19: Santa Cruz Astronomy Club (SCAC)
July 25-26: San Jose Astronomical Association
August 2-3: San Francisco Amateur Astronomers
August 15-16: Mount Diablo Astronomical Society
August 22-23: Peninsula Astronomical Society
August 29-30: Central Valley Astronomers
August 29-September 1 or September 5-6: Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society (SVAS)

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...