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.

2017 Yosemite Forum Schedule
February 14 Dr. Anne Kelly University of California, Merced; Sierra Nevada Research Institute How heat and drought control the growth and death of Sierra forests
March 14 Dr. James Lutz Utah State University Fire, drought, and big trees
April 11 TBA TBA TBA
May 9 Dr. Heather Tallis The Nature Conservancy TBA
June 13 Melissa Thaw University of California, Merced Three curious secrets isotopes whisper about the Sierra Nevada: Tracking mountain water from snowflakes to tree leaves
July 11 Michael Uhler East Bay Regional Park Garden High elevation plants of the Sierra Nevada
August 8 Dr. Douglas Dodd California State University, Bakersfield The Civilian Conservation Corps and the shaping of Yosemite National Park, 1933-1942
September 12 Dr. Thomas Painter NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory Airborne Snow Observatory
October 10 Dr. Craig Jones University of Colorado, Boulder The mountains that remade America: Science, society, and the Sierra Nevada
November 14 Dean Tonenna Bureau of Land Management Cultural revitalization in the Mono Lake - Yosemite region: An ethnobotanic perspective
December 12 TBA TBA TBA

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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