Event Time:9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where better to celebrate Earth Day than in Yosemite? Enjoy activities such as sampling food from our sustainable and organic salad bar and browsing vendor tables to discover products that can help you to protect the environment. You could also make a fun souvenir, find out what park partners are doing to keep park operations “green” on a guided tour around Yosemite Valley, and participate in a stewardship project. Whatever your interest you will find plenty of exciting activities to inspire you to make every day Earth Day!
Photo Walk: Ansel Adams and the Yosemite Landscape
Join The Ansel Adams Gallery for an interpretive walk to learn more about Ansel’s contributions to the environmental movement. Open to all levels. Bring your own camera. Please sign up in advance at The Ansel Adams Gallery. Space is limited to 15 participants. Please meet for the walk at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Village.
Earth Day Celebration
Wander between the Village Store and the Visitor Center where games, interactive activities and demonstrations allow you to experience how the park and its partners are implementing sustainability practices; explore with National Park Service, DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, The Ansel Adams Gallery, NatureBridge, Yosemite Conservancy and more. Earth-Lovin’ Lil’ Ones Tent and Stage , the National Park Service, Yosemite Conservancy, and DNC Parks and Resorts in Yosemite team up to provide easy, kid-friendly, and earth-friendly crafts and face painting at the Children’s Tent. Nearby, find music, fun, and games at the Children’s Stage. Visit the Earth Day Welcome booth or the Children’s Stage to find out the schedule of children’s activities!
Earth-Friendly Product Faire
The Village Store sells approximately 500 sustainable and/or organic products. About 30% of health and beauty products are also sustainable and/or organic. Explore between the Village Store and Village Mall to visit with vendors to discover how Yosemite’s products are Earth-friendly.
Bring awareness to your body and your connection with the earth in a fun yoga session for the whole family. Offered by the Balanced Rock Foundation. Please meet at the Children’s Stage, in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.
Sustainable Salad Bar Tasting
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts (DNC P&R) has a company-wide initiative to incorporate sustainable practices into all business decisions. Sample some of the organic and sustainable foods used in DNC P&R at Yosemite’s kitchens in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.
Wee Wild Ones
Bring your little ones ages six and under for stories and games with a DNC P&R naturalist! Adult supervision and accompaniment is requested. Please meet at the Children’s Stage in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.
Universal Waste Collection
Doing a spring cleaning? Bring your universal and electronic wastes to the Village Recycling Center. Items accepted at the Recycling Center include TV sets, computers and monitors, small electronics, spent fluorescent bulbs, spent batteries and ink cartridges. Please make sure to wipe your personal data from these items before turning them in for recycling. Household hazardous waste will not be accepted (e.g., paints, solvents, pesticides). Yosemite Village Recycling Center.
Live Earth Music for Kids
Come sing along for a celebration for all ages! This interactive event will have you singing and dancing about the wonders of Mother Earth. Adult supervision and accompaniment is requested. Please meet at the Children’s Stage in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.
Earth Day Cupcakes and Lemonade 1:00pm-1:30pm
Enjoy an Earth Day Cupcake and a cup of lemonade in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.
Earth Day Trash Pick Up
Become a Habitat Protector of Yosemite (HaPY) Volunteer! Join a park ranger to clean up litter and unnatural debris in the Yosemite Village Area, making the area healthier for our wildlife. Wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, sun protection, and bring water. All ages and abilities welcome. Please meet at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.
Photography Class: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams
Photographer Ansel Adams immortalized Yosemite National Park through his classic black & white images that pushed the popularity of landscape photography while helping to motivate the American environmental movement. Through the course of the class, you will visit a number of locations from where Ansel composed some of his most famous images. You will receive insight into Ansel’s life, photography and philosophies as well as basic lessons in photographic technique. Please sign up in advance at The Ansel Adams Gallery. Space is limited to 10 participants. Please meet for the walk at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Village. ($)
Get ready for a delightful good time with stories and songs that celebrate the earth! Adult supervision and accompaniment is requested. Please meet at the Children’s Stage in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.