Restoration of the Merced River - How you Can Help

Clarks Bridge during peak spring runoff in 2011.
Clark's Bridge during peak spring runoff in 2011.

B. Mocsny


Learn and Explore

You can help protect the Merced River and all of its exceptional values. Opportunities exist to provide input into the restoration and research processes or to volunteer with the National Park Service. Raising your awareness of small actions you can take while recreating on the Merced River can also minimize our collective impacts on the riverine zone.


Stakeholder Meetings

Periodic stakeholder meetings are held to provide a forum for public input to the research and restoration process.



Yosemite has a large and vibrant volunteer program, welcoming people from all over the world into positions ranging from visitor information assistants in our visitor centers, to studying rare birds of prey, to picking up litter and building trails.

Help keep Yosemite beautiful! The Volunteer Drop-In Program is a family-friendly way you can take an active role in protecting and preserving our natural resources. Whether you're new to the park or returning, come have new experiences while removing invasive species, collecting seeds, picking up litter, and more.

Resource Protection - Tips for your Visit

  • Access the river or take out rafts where directed, to gravel or sandy surfaces.
  • Avoid accessing the river via steep banks and vegetated areas.
  • Stay out of restored areas, often fenced off; "Give Plants a Chance" in these areas.

Last updated: December 3, 2018

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