Tuolumne Meadows | Parson's Lodge Summer Series

Yosemite National Park



Repeating Event


Every week on Sunday and Saturday


July 09, 2023 to August 20, 2023


2:00 PM


1 hour and 30 minutes

Type of Event

Partner Program

See event description for a full schedule of programs.


Join us at Parson’s Memorial Lodge in Tuolumne Meadows this summer! Enjoy FREE talks and music by artists, poets, writers and scientists.

Tuolumne Meadows is located on Tioga Road, about 1.5 hours from Yosemite Valley. Allow 30 minutes to walk from parking areas.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, July 29

Reseeding the Future | 2–3:30 pm
A talk by Rowen White, seed keeper and farmer from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for indigenous seed and food sovereignty.

Sunday, July 30

Finding Hope in the High Country | 2–3:30 pm
Award-winning author Pam Houston discusses her memoir Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country.

Saturday, August 5

World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, & Other Astonishments | 2–3:30 pm
Bestselling author Aimee Nezhukumatathil muses about a sense of place and wonder in the natural world.

Sunday, August 6

Giant Sequoias and Vulnerability in the Pyrocene | 2–3:30 pm
A talk by Garrett Dickman, Forest Ecologist, Yosemite National Park.

Saturday, August 12

Alpine Inspiration: A Wellness Retreat in the Meadows | 10 – 11:30 am
Mindfulness practice with Heather Sullivan, Executive Director and co-founder of Balanced Rock; bring a yoga mat or blanket, pen and paper, water, and appropriate layers of clothing.

Acoustic Merriment with The Musers | 2–3:30 pm
An afternoon of music with the “Free Range” folk quartet from Sonoma County.

Sunday, August 13

Nature Swagger: Stories and Visions of Black Joy in the Outdoors | 2–3:30 pm
A talk of adventure by Rue Mapp, founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro.

Saturday & Sunday, August 19 & 20

27th Annual Tuolumne Meadows Poetry Festival
Morning workshops and afternoon readings with music featuring poets Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Forrest Gander, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, and musician Shira Kammen.

Saturday Workshop | 10–11:30 am
with Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer
Sunday Workshop | 10–11:30 am
with Forrest Gander
Readings | 2–3:30 pm


This project is made possible by the National Park Service and through the generosity of
Yosemite Conservancy donors and Friends of Parsons Lodge.

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