Yosemite Forum

The Yosemite Forum is a free interactive lecture series designed to bring evolving knowledge of the Sierra Nevada to the public and the park. Lectures are 3:30 to 4:30 pm (unless otherwise noted) on the second Tuesday of the month in the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Auditorium.

2016 Yosemite Forum Schedule
January 12
Jan van Wagtendonk
US Geological Survey/
National Park Service
A century of science in Yosemite
February 9
Chris Epting
The camping trip that changed America: Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir at Yosemite
March 8
Jon Keeley
US Geological Survey
Collision between fire management and invasive plants in California forests and foothills
April 12
Scott Stine
California State University, East Bay
Joseph Walker's 1833 Trans-Sierran passage and the Myth of Yosemite's Discovery
May 10
Craig Thompson
US Forest Service
Fishers in the Sierra Nevada: general ecology and response to forest management
June 14
Starts at 3 pm
Patrick Gonzalez
University of California, Berkeley/National Park Service
Climate change trends, impacts, and vulnerabilities in Yosemite and across US National Parks.
July 12
Eric Knapp
US Forest Service
Forest change, fuels, and wildfire hazard: new management insights from old plots
August 9
Malcolm North
US Forest Service
Creating resilient forests as climate changes
September 14
Doug Clark
Western Washington University
High and wild: The history of cirque glaciers in the Sierra Nevada
October 11 Geoffrey McQuilken
Mono Lake Committee
Protecting Mono Lake in an era of climate change
November 8
Cate Quinn
University of California, Davis Conservation and ecology of the elusive Sierra Nevada red fox
December 13
Gray Brechin
University of California, Berkeley A New Deal for the Arts &Crafts: Herbert Maier and the California Boys in the National and State Parks

The Yosemite Forum is a partnership among:

  • Yosemite National Park
  • Yosemite Conservancy
  • USGS, Western Ecological Research Center Yosemite Field Station
  • University of California, Sierra Nevada Research Institute
  • USFS, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Sierra Nevada Research Center

Learn more about the park's research and studies—also detailed in the Yosemite Science online resources management publication published on an occasional basis. Find Yosemite content throughout the Nature & Science and History & Culture web pages.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 577
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389


(209) 372-0200
The public information office is open from 9 am to 5 pm Pacific time (closed for lunch). Once connected, dial 3 then 5. If the ranger is already on the line, you'll be returned to the main menu. If the ranger is not there, you can leave a message and we will return your call.

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