Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center (formerly LeConte Memorial Lodge)

A rustic stone building with a central peak and gabled roofs on either side
Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center

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Quick Facts

Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Information

Peruse through the library or attend an evening program at the Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, Yosemite's first public visitor center and a National Historic Landmark.

The Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, was built by the Sierra Club starting in 1903. For over 110 years, a curator and Sierra Club volunteers have provided information to park visitors about Yosemite, the Sierra Nevada, and the national parks.

The Sierra Club still operates the iconic structure as a public education and visitor center, presenting and promoting the conservation ethic through public programs, educational displays, a publicly-accessible library, and interactive programs for kids and families.

The library collection includes books on the natural and human history of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada; books by and about Yosemite luminaries like John Muir, Ansel Adams, and David Brower; children's nature literature, and Sierra Club books, magazine, and pamphlets.

Free programs on natural history, outdoor adventure, and conservation issues are presented several evenings each week at 8pm. See current Yosemite Guide for program schedule.


May - September
Wednesday - Sunday
10 am to 4 pm

Getting Here

Located at shuttle stop 12, across from Housekeeping Camp, on Southside Drive in Yosemite Valley.

Yosemite National Park

Last updated: November 1, 2023