Yosemite Open House
The summer of 2011 is shaping up to be a busy season in Yosemite. Many plans and projects are underway that will shape the future of Yosemite National Park for years to come. We invite you to come learn about the plans and meet the project managers at an open house on June 29 from 1 to 4 pm in the Auditorium behind the Valley Visitor Center. Project managers for the Invasive Plant Management Plan Update, the Half Dome Trail Stewardship Plan, Badger Pass Ski Lodge Rehabilitation Plan, The Ahwahnee Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan, Tioga Road Rehabilitation, and more will be on hand to answer your questions and share ideas. A short presentation on current plans and ongoing projects will be presented at 3:00 pm and will be broadcast via webinar at yose.webex.com.
Park Entrance fees are waived for open house attendees.
Yosemite National Park wants you to become a Habitat Protector of Yosemite (HaPY) Volunteer. Volunteers work alongside experienced Park Rangers and explore some of the park's most precious resources in Yosemite Valley. No experience is required and all ages and abilities are welcome to participate in the program.
Every Wednesday, until Labor Day (September 5), we invite you to meet park staff in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. The program lasts from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Visitors are asked to come prepared with closed-toe shoes, long pants, long sleeves, snacks, and a water bottle. Gloves, tools, and other safety gear will be provided.
People wishing to volunteer with the HaPY program should fill out the Volunteer Services Agreement prior to arriving in the park to participate in the program. For more information please visit www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/hapy.htm . No pre-registration is required for individuals. Groups of 10 or more are asked to call ahead to reserve their spot. Individuals under the age of 18, must have the Volunteer Services Agreement form signed by a parent or guardian. Children under the age of 14 need to be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers with children younger than 7 are encouraged to call ahead of time to ensure that the day's volunteer work is appropriate and safe for children.
HaPY projects include conifer removal from meadows and developed areas to reduce the threat of fire and encourage the restoration of Yosemite's expansive meadow habitats. Additionally, volunteers will assist in removing invasive plants in various areas throughout the park.
Missed the Merced River Plan Spring Workshops?
All five workshops and the science forum are now available to watch at your leisure. Catch them online at yose.webex.com.